Motivate yourself to get fit

First, you must know your objective

Think about it, if you don’t know why you are doing it, you are likely to give in. So know why you want to get fit. For example, do you want to lose weight, get healthier, get fitter, or build muscle? By having a known objective and clear written defined goals, you can succeed.

Enable your motivation

Lack of motivation, in reality, is actually just a lack of organisation. We all have the best of intentions, but life just gets in the way. If you aim to work out in the morning for example, lay your workout clothes out the night before, so you can slip them on as soon as you get up. Some people actually go to sleep in their workout clothes, so that they can just get out of bed, put their training shoes on and get out the door.

Create your virtual reality

Everything starts with a thought, so see your objectives in your mind first. Create a photo (or a movie) of how you are going to look and regularly see yourself exercising in your mind too. Write down how you see yourself in 6 months’ time.

Schedule your training, like any other appointment in your life

If you have a set time for training, then make this is like any other appointment in your diary. Approach it just like going to the dentist for example. Once it’s scheduled, you have to turn up.

Find a training partner

A training partner can help you to maintain your commitment. It can also be much more fun when you have someone to share your training and progress with.

Get new workout clothes

Whilst it could appear silly to some, but there is something about wearing brand new clothes when we work out that just makes us feel that little bit better doing it. So set yourself a reward that once you reach an interim goal, you will treat yourself to new workout clothes.

Take a training selfie

This may seem an odd thing to say, but if you look at taking a selfie from your training session, it will do two things. One, give you a visual record of your commitment and two, it will engage your brain’s reticular activation system, which highlights what is important to you.

Have an easy trigger

What we mean by this is: a trigger that always gets you in the headspace to go to work out. Such as a special espresso, a particular track of music that you can warm up to, or taking your dog for a walk. You then make this the trigger to the start of your routine. That then becomes the thing that requires the willpower and not the actual workout itself.

And Remember:

👉 A one and a quarter-hour workout is just about 5% of your day, which in the scheme of things is easy.

👉 “I wish I was less fit”, said no one ever!

👉 If you say you can or say you can’t, you will always be right.

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