We know that motivation can be a huge issue in staying healthy, but why? We all know that sitting on the couch is NOT going to give us the results that we are looking for, so why would we rather stay there than go to the gym and be productive? Yes, working out is going to be hard work, but doesn’t it feel amazing once you are done? Why do we give in to our thoughts of procrastination rather than the ones of productivity? If this describes you, we may know a few reasons why you keep losing motivation and how we can help you fix it.
#1 Are you setting unrealistic goals for yourself?
Many people look in an airbrushed magazine and are so eager to look a certain way that they aim too high, too fast. You can achieve the body of your dreams, but it is going to take time and a consistent effort. For instance you can’t have a chubby belly and expect to have a six pack within a month. You have to be patient with yourself and allow yourself enough time to change.
#2 Have you changed both your eating habits and physical activity levels?
We hear stories daily of people talking about how they have worked out everyday, but they failed to lose any weight. When asked about their eating habits they usually respond that they figured if they worked out enough that they could cancel it out. THIS IS NOT TRUE!! You have to be just as conscious about what you are putting into your body as you are about how consistently you work out. Changing your eating habits is going to make you feel so much more energized and you will see results faster which will keep you more motivated!
#3 Do you have a good workout plan?
We want to help you create a great workout plan for yourself! Here are some tips and ideas to get you started when you are trying to plan one.
- Planning your days (Strength Training)
- Start your workout with a 7-10 minute light cardio warm-up (any more than this amount of time will burn off the sugars you need for strength training!!)
- Focus on a certain muscle group (ex: legs) and then plan out either a circuit of 5-7 strength training exercises than can be repeated 2-3 times, or a long enough list of difficult workouts for that muscle group that will help you really break the muscle down (you want the muscles to be tired!)
- Finish up your strength training with another 30 minutes of moderate cardio (this will help you from getting really bad cramps, because it will move the acid!)
- Planning your days (Cardio)
- If you are doing just cardio, we recommend planning a 45-60 min. workout!
- We love to choose cardio classes (spin is our favorite!!)
- Make sure that you are allowing each muscle group proper time to rest, about 2-3 days. An example of a good week layout is as follows:
- Monday-Legs & Abs
- Tuesday-Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
- Wednesday-Back & Biceps
- Thursday -1 hour Cardio
- Friday-Legs & Abs
- Saturday-Chest, Shoulders, Biceps
#4 Are you using motivational techniques??
There are so many things that you can do to help yourself stay on track, such as eating journals, working out with a buddy, and vision boards, just to name a few. Find the one that works for you and use it to your advantage! Let’s get motivated and see some results!!!