TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

The reality of embarking on a fitness journey can be painful, truth be told, you won’t drop two jeans size in one month neither will you lose fifty pounds in one month. You are going to binge every now and then. You will go a day or two without working out. Your weight is going to fluctuate here and there. You’re going to try new techniques, and they’re not going to work. You are human and this is normal. You’re going to fail at a point. But nothing great is ever accomplished without few obstacles. 

Bambie Bamfo

Bambie Bamfo

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Fitness Journey

How many times have you vowed to start eating healthy and exercise more, only to fall off the bandwagon after just a few weeks? The reality of embarking on a fitness journey can be a pain truth be told, you won’t drop two jeans size in one month neither will you lose fifty pounds in one month. You are going to binge every now and then. You will go a day or two without working out. Your weight is going to fluctuate here and there. You’re going to try new techniques, and they’re not going to work. You are human and this is normal. You’re going to fail at a point. But nothing great is ever accomplished without few obstacles.

Here are 3 steps to self-motivative you in your fitness journey:


1. Make adjustments to suit your environment

The decision to stay fit is important, and we have to treat it as such. However, naturally, our willpower to embark on this journey can be very limiting. It’s easier to ‘throw in the towels’ than ‘just doing it’. To make it a lifestyle you should first assess your environment and make adjustments where you can in your everyday life this will “force” you to take specific actions. For example, Nasir finds himself staying home after work when he should be in the gym, by bringing his workout clothes with him to work, he is forced to go straight to the gym after work BEFORE going home.

 

2. Make fitness a part of your routine.

Results comes with commitment, it’s as simple and difficult as it sounds. Making this transition relatively smooth means you guess right, MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE. You should know your WHY for embarking on this journey? ‘If the why is great enough, the how no longer matters’. Getting over, under, around, or through all those obstacles that stand between you and what you want is going to require a sizable chunk of sustainable motivation. You will show up in the gym and get your heart pumping because it’s what you do. You will eat mostly whole nutrient-dense foods because it’s what you do. You are always mindful of your caloric intake when you go out to eat instead of being mindless about it because, again that’s what you do. Make a cautious effort to prioritize your fitness goal, add your workouts to your calendar for the year, break it down to months and weeks. Just as we know the exact days and times we have to show up at work, let’s do same to our workouts. Plan them ahead of time instead of going at it day-by-day.

 

3. Accountability – Find someone you can be accountable to.

It’s easy to let yourself get away with not meeting your fitness goal when only you know about your goal. But when made public, you know that there is someone, or people, expecting you to report back to them, you will definitely get it done. At its core, accountability creates consistency, and if you aren't consistent, you'll never reach your fitness goals (of losing fat and building a lean, healthy body.) Sharing your fitness/ weight goal with others actually increase your likelihood of achieving it. It's really hard to blow off a commitment you've made to lots of people. Just find someone that you can be accountable to, be it a personal trainer or a workout buddy, this works even better when there’s something on the line, like a reward. Bet your workout buddy with something important that you’ll hit the gym four times a week for the rest of this month. You may also post pictures and share your success with friends and family members. They'll expect you to meet your goal, which will motivate you to not disappoint them.

 Lifestyle changes are difficult. You are literally making your mind to change your way of life, the difficult part is that it’s a long process requiring significant effort and doesn’t happen overnight.

The above points can help you in your journey to change your lifestyle but, the biggest factor of all is being self-motivated. No matter your support system or how good a plan you make for yourself, none of it will be effective if you are not totally motivated to embark on such a journey. Remember, it is not about proving a point to anyone, do it for yourself, do it on your own and feel good at the end of it all.

I wish you all the best on your journey to a healthier you. You can make it!