How to Stay Consistently Fit and Motivated Throughout 2018
Most people have the intention to get fit and improve their fitness lifestyle in 2018.
This is also supported statistics showing that being fit and losing weight is often the number 1 new year’s resolution.
However, by the end of the year, instead of losing weight, most people will end up gaining weight as they give up somewhere along the journey and begin this repetitive scenario again the following year.
Article Talking Points
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- Setting Goals
- Personal Challende
- Training Partner
- Being Ready
The question is why does this happen every year?
A big part of it is due to fitness motivation levels that are skyrocketed at the start of each year and when the excuse of “life gets in the way” come about, motivation levels gradually decline throughout the year and people’s fitness goals slowly deteriorate.
In this article, we will look at how you can stay consistently fit and motivated throughout 2018 and make 2018 your best year in terms of achieving your fitness goals.
Let’s get started!
5 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated for Fitness in 2018
It’s crucial to sustain your levels of motivation and have the discipline to train consistently. Let’s explore the 5 ways to keep yourself motivated to achieve your fitness goals.
#1 - Set Yourself Specific, Achievable Goals (And Have a Plan)
When the New Year rolls around, many people make the same mistake by setting broad and unrealistic goals. Make your goals realistic and achievable as it's easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.
If you have not been exercising for a while, a short-term goal might be to walk 20 minutes a day for four days a week. Aim to progress over a few coming weeks.
Set very specific goals with clear milestones when it comes to fitness and break down your goals into months. For example, if your aim is to lose 12 pounds for the year, aim to lose 1 pound per month. This will not only help in attaining the overall picture but also help keep you motivated when you achieve small monthly goals.
After you have set your goals, write down your goals on a piece of paper that you can refer to daily as a reminder.
You should also write a detailed plan of what you are going to do to achieve those monthly goals. Make a note of all the days you’re going to attend the gym and set specific workouts (running, cycling, chest training, arms training, etc.) on those days for your goals.
Before reading the next tip, do this now:
Write down your yearly goal and break it down into monthly goals. Without a specific goal, it’s difficult to stay motivated.
#2 – Commit to A Personal Challenge
Commit to a personal challenge by setting a deadline for yourself. For example, if your goal is to run a 10k by October, sign up for a 10k you can participate. Or if your goal is to lose weight and get lean, sign up for a photoshoot or even book a beach vacation.
Another interesting method is to pay your friend $1,000 if you don’t achieve your goals. The amount has to be significant enough for you to keep pushing yourself, even on the days you don’t want to.
This way, you have additional incentives to achieve the goal as you have committed to something and there is no turning back. The higher the stakes are, the better it is for you!
#3 – Schedule Your Training Time
Set a training schedule with a specific time so you will block off time to establish a consistent training routine. Eventually, when you are consistent, it will become a habit.
The initial stage will always be the hardest but remember this – No one ever regretted a workout. In fact, you will feel much better after training as your endorphins level increase post-exercise.
Studies have also shown that endorphins help to trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Also, if you train in the morning, you will notice that you have higher energy levels throughout the day (without coffee) and this will indirectly help you to be more productive at work.
Sometimes, motivation is not the key – routine is.
#4 – Get a Training Partner or a Coach
One of the biggest influences on your behaviour is the people who you surround yourself with.
Considering this, finding the right training partner (similar level or better than you) will provide you with healthy competition. He or she can also act as a person to give you encouragement on the “tough” days. Besides, a training partner might even see your strong points and help to push you harder than you would if you are only training alone.
Also, everyone’s training routine and exercise choice are different. With a variety of exercises to combine between you and your training partner, this will minimise boredom and keeps your fitness routine exciting and fun. Training variety also challenges your body in different ways and help to elicit the growth of additional muscle fibres.
If you can’t find a training partner who is at the same level or better than you, finding a coach will work as well. It boils down to personal preference.
#5 – Get Training Clothes Ready the Night Before
Our final tip is a simple yet effective. Get your training attire ready the night before and your mind will automatically know what to do the following day.
If you do this consistently, it will increase the days of your weekly training.
Don’t believe me? Try it!
Staying motivated is difficult, even for the pro athletes in the fitness industry.
This is why having an approach like the ones mentioned above is key in making sure you stay committed and focused on your fitness goals. Once you have read those snippets of advice, please put them into action as the worst thing you can do is to absorb information after information without implementing and put things into practice.
Hopefully you have gained some valuable insights in this article and our final closing message would be:
Stay motivated and stick to your fitness goals this year!
Over to You
Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on staying fit and motivated throughout the year?