Keeping up your fitness motivation
Last week I went to New York for a few days with some lovely friends of mine. It was the first time I’d been to the USA and I am happy to say that it lived up to all of my expectations. It was hectic, exhausting, amazing, exhilarating, exciting. I think I went through every emotion during my visit to this amazing city. I’m already thinking of booking another trip there, this time with my other half, and know what places I would like to visit next time. Back in the UK, back to reality I got a dose of the post holiday blues. Don’t we all?
In preparation for my New York trip. I’d upped my fitness training. Reasons? Well I wanted to wear a pair of shorts with confidence and look passable on any photos! Very shallow of me I know but I think most people like to look good for their holidays; it was after all what originally sparked off my desire to lose weight and reassess my diet a couple of years ago (read my post How re-thinking my diet led to sustainable weight loss).
So back home and the thought of getting back to the Gym or out for a run was the furthest from my mind! It was tempting to say I’ll start next week but I’ve done that before and it’s made me realise how easy it is to lose your motivation and get out of a routine. So I allowed myself a couple of days off; jet lag and getting kids sorted for back to school, getting myself sorted for back to work. So no excuses, alarm set time to get back into it.
It’s hard to keep motivated to keep fit. It’s hard if perhaps you are at that stage where you are seeing no results, you are maybe trying to maintain your weight or like me you feel you’ve achieved your goals so what next? So what can you do to keep motivated?
How to establish a morning Gym routine – check out the tips and tricks in this Infographic
There are many benefits to exercising first thing it the morning; you feel more energised for the rest of the day, it kick-starts your metabolism, you get more out of your day plus many more benefits.
I used to workout only in the evening. I thought I didn’t have time to incorporate it anywhere else in the day. More often than not I found that my workouts in the evenings tended to be more rushed and I had to deal with everyone else that simply didn’t have the time to workout in the morning. I felt I didn’t have the focus especially if others were queuing for the same piece of equipment; not a great experience. That’s if I made it to the Gym, if I didn’t then I’d have the guilt of not going which for me made it hard to go back if I missed a few sessions.
It wasn’t until I had a couple of busy weeks where it was impossible to get to the gym in the evenings that I gave switching to a morning workout a go. It was hard getting up those first few mornings but once I got into the swing of things I began to enjoy it. I felt I could focus more, there were no queues for certain equipment, I had no guilt trip about not making it in the evenings but most of all I got a huge sense of achievement for having worked out first thing; it give me more motivation to find the time to exercise in the morning.
I’ve put together this Infographic for those who are thinking of switching to early morning gym visits and perhaps feel there are too many barriers in their way to doing this. These are the tricks I used to get me out of bed, into my gym gear and out if the door! It won’t happen overnight but once it becomes part of your routine you’ll wonder why you never worked out in the morning before.
My tips to keep you motivated to go to the Gym
It’s the start of a new year and this is a popular time for people deciding to join a gym. Some of you have decided to do something about your fitness, tone-up or maybe lose some weight and what better place to do this than your local gym. I applaud anyone that wants to lead a healthier more active life and what better way to start then joining a gym; you’ve made a conscious decision to do something about it.
So you’ve had your induction at the gym, probably been a few times, maybe had a programme written for you. Motivation can start to diminish for all sorts of reasons especially as it can take a few weeks for gym visits becoming a habit and part of your normal weekly routine. You might not be seeing any results, work is busy so you are struggling to get there, the weather is awful and your warm cosy living room is more appealing than an exercise class or a cardio session on the treadmill. To be honest I go through times when my motivation for going to the gym starts to diminish and visits in the week start to be less frequent but there are various tips and tactics I use to get back into it and I’ve listed them in this blog.
It’s not about having the time but about making the time
When you think you will never be able to incorporate fitness into your busy and hectic day you can! Have a look at your day; where can you make the time? You may not be able to manage to do a full session at the gym but a 5km run or 20 minute HIIT workout maybe more realistic. Aim to incorporate fitness in your routine 3 times a week, once it becomes habit you may find you want to commit to more days or longer sessions.
I was running, going to the Gym but still not losing weight! Could re-thinking my diet lead to the weight loss results I wanted?
My fitness journey started in September 2014, after nearly 12 months my focus begin to shift to the dreaded issue of my weight. Although I’d lost a few pound it was nowhere near the weight loss target I’d set myself.
Able to run 5km? Yep, was managing 3 times a week now
Joined a gym & going regularly? Yep, was going a couple of times a week, also managed the occasional class! That was a first for me, especially since having the kids.
I’d stuck at it, had overcome barriers; keeping fit and active was now second nature and part of my weekly routine.
So why wasn’t I losing any weight?
Ok I’d lost a few pounds when I’d started exercising again but I’d toned up more and so wasn’t wobbling as much. OK so that was a bonus; I felt fitter and maybe more active than a lot of women my age. But standing on the scales I was still 2 stone overweight and a couple of dress sizes bigger than I was entirely happy with.
This started to de-motivate me; what was the point?
I had felt I’d reviewed my diet. I tried to be good in the week and thought in general I succeeded there. I’d stopped drinking week nights a long time ago although there was the odd re-lapse or mid week catch up with friends. Yes I did indulge at weekends, particularly on the gin & prosecco side of things, liked the odd bar of chocolate (fruit & nut in my head did count as part of my five a day). You’ve got to have some enjoyment in life! Right?
I’d mentioned my frustrations to a work colleague concerning lack of weight loss. He advocated that sustainable, healthy weight loss is not always down to either exclusively diet or exercise but a combination of the both. Sounded logical but he went on to say (here’s the sting) its 80% diet & 20% exercise. In my head that was simply not fair! I’m running, I’m going to the gym, I’m doing a lot more than a lot of people I know! Blah, blah, blah!
So I soldiered on. Read more
Six months on ….
From initially taking up running I’d got into a routine and getting out and pounding the pavements a habit. However, I was also starting to find running a 5km fairly easy going despite mixing up routes and trying to improve on my time. Then it started to happen; the prospect of putting my trainers on and getting out for a run rather uninspiring. I suppose it was a case of now needing something else to motivate me to maintain my fitness.
Old habits can easily start creeping back
As I could have predicted my motivation to keep fit started to wane. 3 runs a week became two then sometimes one or none a week. I was in danger of undoing all the hard work I’d done and forgetting the goals I’d been so proud of achieving. Sitting on that sofa watching Coronation Street instead of getting out there was starting to become more appealing and the norm. An old habit was starting to re-immerge.
So what next?
Maybe it was time to hit the gym? Read more