How to Stay Committed to Your Workout Plan
One of the easiest things to do is find excuses to not stay committed to your workout. Maybe you think you are too busy, too tired, or maybe you just don’t feel up to it. Well, this is going to sound harsh, the problem lies with you…. but you can fix it with a good attitude, being focused, and the next few tips.
Remember Who You Are Doing It For
There are so many people that are looking for motivation in the wrong places. It’s their thoughts that are ultimately making them not succeed in their workout. Don’t work out just to impress other people. This is a good short-term motivation, but it will not last. Do it for yourself. Set your goals, try your best to achieve them, and don’t forget to set rewards for yourself when you do achieve them.
Share Your Goals and Your Progress on Social Media
It doesn’t matter how many followers you have; their motivation will help you. Post your workout plan and invite some of your followers to join you. Send a post out the night before saying what your workout plan is for the next day. This will make you feel a bit more accountable and help you to fulfill your commitment.
Try Something Different
Doing the same thing every day will make you get bored fast. You should mix things up a bit to stay committed. Doing the same workout routine every day won’t only get boring, but it will start to get less effective in time. Try that TRX class, aerobics, or go to a kickboxing class or two. This will not only keep your workout interesting, it will also keep your body guessing and it will make your goals easier to reach.
Get a Workout Partner.
Doing almost anything alone can be daunting at times. Try to get one of your friends to join you. You can motivate each other to get to your workout and push each other to perform your best. Knowing that someone else will be waiting for you will also make you feel more accountable to get up, get ready and get going.
Make a Video Diary
Record yourself talking about your goals or performing some of your workouts, then post it on YouTube or Instagram. If you don’t want to share your videos with your friends, find a community that has the same theme as your goals. A good one to take a look at is GiveIt100.com. Go check it out.
Take small steps
Take small steps in the beginning and pace yourself. If you push too hard when you start off, you will wind up sore, have injuries, and be disheartened. As you progress, you will find some parts of your workout getting too easy. This is when you can maybe try doing a few more reps or slightly heavier weights.
Sneak in a quick workout
This doesn’t mean going to the gym, workout for 5 minutes, and then heading back to work. Try to find something you can do in your office, at home, or in a local park. Maybe you are battling to do burpees. Set a goal of getting to a certain number of burpees in a set amount of time, but, be realistic about your goal. Then, when you have a few minutes to spare during the day, do a couple of burpees. You will be passing your goal number before you know it.
Do some research on tasty, nutritional, healthy meals
Almost everyone battles to only eat healthy food. I am talking about some celery for tea time. And only a tomato for lunch. Do some research on how to make delicious, healthy meals and make them in advance. One of the main reasons people opt for fast food is because they have a busy life and no time to prepare their food in the morning before going to work. Rather take a few minutes the night before to prepare your snacks and meals for the following day.
Keep a fitness journal
Record all your goals, workout stats, and weight loss information in a journal that you can look back to and see your progress. There isn’t much more motivational than to see for yourself where you have come from, and where you have progressed to.
Don’t forget to reward yourself
Losing a pound of weight, gaining a pound of muscle, or reaching one of your goals, is a big reason to celebrate. reward yourself by going out with your friends or buying yourself a new pair of jeans.
These are just a few tips to help you keep on track. Let me know in the comments section below what you do to stay committed to your workout plan. Maybe what works for you will work for somebody else.