Sometimes the road to improving your health & fitness can seem long…. & dark…. & lonely. It can be tough to motivate yourself day after day to exercise and eat really well…. but there are some really simple things you can do to stay on the right track!
After decades of yo-yo dieting (& having to lose between 30-40 kilos on at LEAST 3 occasions), I realised that managing good health, was similar to managing any other significant project or goal.
Although I draw upon a range of different strategies to keep myself motivated, these are by far, my 5 greatest tips:
1. Have Written SMART Goals & Visualise them Often:
Writing down your Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time Based goals underpins your success in any aspect of your life. It focusses your attention & sets in motion the actions required for a new reality. Visualise yourself actually working towards the achievement of your goals. Your brain can’t distinguish between what is real & what is imagined, so the more you visualise, the more real it is in your mind, therefore making it easier to action in reality.
2. Prioritise / Schedule / Lock it into the Diary:
My workout time is just as important as the time I invest into my clients. My workout time is prioritised just like any other important activity. When it’s written in my diary, it’s a visual cue & constant reminder that I am committed to maintaining my own health.
3. Have a Program:
Knowing what you’re going to do once you get to the gym is just as important as actually getting to the gym in the first place!! Having a set program for each workout day reduces ‘wasted time’ umm’ing & ahh’ing about what to do next…. & it also allows you to develop, improve & progress over a period of time, thus acting as a motivator in itself. The program should be review every 4 to 6 weeks to challenge the body as well as add variety.
4. Crank the Tunes!!
Having your favourite tunes to work out to, makes exercise ‘fun’. Just lose yourself in the beat! It can make you lift heavier, run faster or stretch for longer…. all depending upon what you’ve got on your play list. You can completely immerse yourself in ‘you’ & how your body feels, because you’re completely oblivious to what’s going on around you!
5. Reward Yourself:
A healthy, balanced life isn’t about eliminating every form of pleasure, but it is about sensible control and moderation. If you can’t live without a daily cappuccino, do an extra km on the bike before you allow yourself to have it. If chocolate is your thing, allow yourself to indulge if you’ve hit your target number of workout days that week. Look forward to your treat & savour it mindfully whilst thinking about the great time you had working out!
Give these tips a try & let me know how you go!