If you feel like you lack sufficient fitness motivation, the following tips are going to make a big difference for you.
I have been training for a long time and I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t want to train. I have managed to restart my passion for fitness many times over by using certain techniques and tricks. I am going to share these motivation tips with you right here.
1. Stop Thinking About Problems and Think about Possibilities
There is always a reason why something can’t happen or isn’t likely to happen. Thinking about problems is easy. This is what quitters do or people who are looking for excuses.
You need to change your mindset and think about what is possible and not about the problems that stand in your way. It’s good to be realistic, but dreaming about a becoming better, more attractive and healthier requires you to not let “reality” weigh you down.
2. Train With a Friend
If you feel like you need a little push in the motivation-department, training with a friend may be the best thing you can do.
A good workout partner can help you to stay motivated, make sure that you don’t skip workouts, and push you to train harder in your workouts themselves.
You need to choose your workout partner carefully. He or she need to be committed to getting fit themselves, have a similar workout schedule as you do, and must be a person with whom you can get along, but not someone with whom you will end up talking endlessly in the gym.
3. Train For an Event
If you have a certain event to train for, you may find that you are suddenly full of motivation and drive. An event not only gives you a deadline by which you need to be fit, but also adds importance to your desire to look good and be fit.
There are 2 kinds of events that may be appropriate:
- Social events such as a wedding, reunion, vacation, etc.
- A sporting event such a charity race. I like this sort of event better as it is not about looks but actual physical ability.
4. Read Weight Loss Success Stories
Knowing that other people succeed in achieving what you want to accomplish yourself makes your goals seem more realistic and attainable. This is why I recommend that you read weight loss success stories on a regular basis.
You can find inspiring weight loss stories all the time. The media loves them. Just search for them on the Internet and you will have a ready source of daily inspiration.
5. Use The Right Music
There’s a reason why fast-tempo music is used in aerobic classes and gyms: it works. The right kind of music helps to give you more energy and focus on your exercises. Any kind of music should prove useful to keep you more motivated during your workouts.
Now, I don’t like the music in some of the gyms I trained in. I’m more of an oldies kind of guy. So, I bring an ipod with me to the gym. You should have a music player with you to make sure you have music you enjoy listening to.
6. Set Firm Goals
Goals are crucial regardless of what you want to achieve in life. You need to set both short and long term goals. These goals must be measurable, realistic, and specific. Once you have these goals, you need to write them down and keep them where you can see them often.
Once you have these set of goals ready, you will find that you are more motivated. It’s because you now have something to aspire to, something which isn’t abstract like the general goal of weight loss, but specific, like wanting to lose 10 lbs, trim 1 inch off your waist, or be able to complete a 10K run in under an hour.
7. Make It About More Than Looks
I love looking good and I wish I looked even better. However, this isn’t the only reason why I workout. In fact, it’s not even the main reason. I believe that if your entire fitness motivation is based on the desire to look good that you have a problem.
You need to make it about more than just looks. You need to consider all the other reasons why you should lose weight and get fit. These should include your health, productivity, stress reduction, greater physical ability, being able to play with your children, etc. The more benefits you can come up with that apply to you, the better.
8. Train to Be Better at an Activity You Like
Lifting weights is great, but what is the ability to lift heavier dumbbells going to contribute to you? What good is being able to do more push-ups? It can often seem pointless.
Training for an activity you enjoy gives you more purpose and drive. This can be an extreme sport like rock climbing or rafting, a team sport like soccer or basketball, a personal sport like golf or tennis, or a hobby like hiking. Being fit may also make you a better chess or card player because it increases your ability to concentrate for long stretches of time. Just find something you like and train to become better at it.
9. Imagine your Dream Body Often
If you’re working to improve your body, you need to have a clear image of how you want it to look. Having a mental image makes your goal more tangible, you can almost feel how good you will look. This can give you a lot more motivation. It’s how our mind works.
You need to picture your dream body every morning and every night. Make this picture clearer and more detailed. You will find that your drive increases tremendously.
10. Focus On Past Moments of Success
Whenever you feel that you’ve failed or that you’re somehow lacking, you should focus on moments of success that you experienced in your life.
By doing so, you’re reminding yourself that you can do things, that you’re capable and good. This will make you believe in yourself more.
11. Try New Routines
One of the reasons why people lose workout motivation is that their fitness routine is simply boring. It gets dull doing the same exercises over and over again.
You need to change your routine, keep your workouts diverse, use different sort of equipment, train outdoors, etc. Just keep things interesting.
12. Watch an Inspiring Sports Movie Once a Month
Some sports movies are really cheesy, but the good ones pack an inspiring punch. Watching an inspiring sports movie once a month can give you a huge push in the right direction. It can make you feel like anything is possible.
13. Celebrate Small Successes
You need to enjoy success. Even if it’s something little like shedding a couple of pounds or finally managing to do a pull up. Every time you celebrate a success, you train yourself to want it more. You award your own effort and get a sense of accomplishment. This is great for motivation.
14. Share Your Progress With Others
Sharing your efforts and progress is not so easy at first, but it can be a huge motivation boost. First of all, you will suddenly find that you want to do better simply because you want to look good in front of others. Second, you will get the support of other people.
You can find all sorts of forums online. I recommend joining the WorldOfDiets Facebook page and post your workout routine and progress there. I answer questions there personally, so you can get a lot of benefit from joining up.
15. Make a Promise To Someone You Love
It’s easy for us to quit. We are experts in making ourselves believe our own excuses.
When you make a promise to someone else, a person you love, you won’t get off so easily. Once you promise to your spouse, your child, your close friend that you will workout regularly and get leaner, healthier, and fitter, you will do whatever it takes to not let them down.
This is one of the most powerful motivation tips I can give you. It will help you push yourself harder and further than you could have ever imagined
I hope that these fitness motivation tips will help you train hard, stop making excuses, and burn more body fat with your workouts.
I’d love to read your own motivation tips. What gives you more passion and drive to workout? Share your tips by leaving a comment.