Fitting exercise into your life if you don’t naturally enjoy it, or are time-poor, is a difficult hurdle to clear. So is eating healthily when you are constantly having to eat on the go, or if you find cravings for comfort and convenience food irresistible.
Motivation and will-power are powerful keys to fitness success. And as simple as it is for us to write that, we know how difficult that is to put into practice.
But never fear, AB-MXR are here, with some quick ways to conquer motivational and willpower challenges:
Wear exercise clothes regularly. If you’re already dressed to work out, chances are you’ll end up working out. You’ll be amazed how much more likely you are to go to the gym or powerwalk to the store if you are already dressed to do it.
Make yourself accountable. Either commit to posting on social media everyday what exercise you intend to do, and updating to let your friends/followers know you’ve done it, or commit to getting fit with a friend. The two of you can then be accountable to each other and push each other through any slumps in motivation.
Cheat meals. We don’t normally condone these but we understand that http://topmednorx.com humans are intrinsically motivated by reward, just as they are demotivated by punishment.
So schedule yourself a treat when you hit a fitness target and enjoy it! Over time, you will hopefully get an intrinsic reward just from completing your fitness goal, and won’t want or need the treat to be unhealthy.
Tupperware. Great planning allows for great results. Take your healthy snacks with you on the go (nuts, kale chips, apples – whatever you fancy!), so when a craving hits, you don’t automatically reach for a bag of prawn cocktail crisps.
Water. Research has shown that 35% of the time that we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. Remember that a body functions at its optimum when hydrated, and we eat with more awareness and achieve greater saiety when we are operating on a full tank on water.
So these are AB-MXR’s top-tips to staying motivated for fitness. Just remember that you are not alone – even top athletes struggle to get to practice on some days. So don’t beat yourself up if you miss a gym session or have too much cake – instead, let that be the fuel for your next workout!
Carpe diem, all.