We all are very excited when we start a new activity such as taking piano lessons or working out. But there are days when our motivation drops and we don’t feel like learning the piano or exercising at all. There are several reasons why this happens. It might be because our routine got us bored, or we are discouraged because we are not seeing the results expected.
Here are several tips I hope will help you and encourage you to keep on going no matter what!
Stay confident and focused!
As I mentioned before, one of the reasons our interest declines is because we don’t see the results right away. As a consequence, we get so disappointed and we stop believing in ourselves. Our self-confidence diminishes and we no longer believe we can do it. What to do then to boost-up our self-assurance?
First, ask yourself what drives you to workout: do you want to get a beach body? a “dream body”? If you workout to meet someone else ´s beauty standards, you will most likely run out of will and energy because you simply won’t enjoy working out. Above all else, whatever you do, make sure you do it for yourself because it’s much more fun! Embrace your body. Confident people embrace their body and their whole person. They don’t need anyone else’s opinion on beauty standards because they believe they are beautiful no matter what society says. Respect and love yourself.
Second, what does ‘fit’ mean to you? It’s a way of life.
Again, being fit does not mean being attractive. Being fit is being healthy. Getting fit is establishing good healthy nutritious and fitness habits. Being fit is to move our body on a regular basis to prevent us from diseases such as cancer and keep a good mental health. It gives us more energy.
The cherry on the cake is that regular body activity gives us pleasure as well. It satisfies our brain. It releases chemicals called endorphins that make us feel good. It reduces the perception of pain. Just like sugar or an orgasm light up our brain. Our body and brain end up asking for more!
Third, Keep on thinking positive. Often our body is willing but our mind is not. Our body says “I’m healthy, I can do it” but our mind says “no, I can’t. It’s not working.” For each negative thought, think of 3 positive things about yourself. Train your brain to think positive. Think about all your daily accomplishments. Be proud of yourself. Applaud your efforts. Cultivate a positive mindset by collecting positives experiences and moments throughout your day.
So how to stay self-motivated?
Set a routine but be flexible!
A routine is essential when you set goals. It enables you to successfully achieve your goals. A routine is a sequence of actions followed regularly. My routine is that I try to exercise pretty much every day. On Mondays, I target the upper body; on Tuesdays I do ballet; on Wednesdays, I do some planks; on Thursdays it’s ballet class again; on Fridays I do the core; on Saturdays, the lower body and on Sundays, I rest. I combine strength and cardio training, focusing on different parts of my body each time.
That sounds like a lot!!! I don’t let myself get overwhelmed. I set up bright goals and I make sure I am flexible about my routine. That means that if I miss Monday, then I’ll do it on the following Sunday. Most importantly, I don’t feel guilty if I skipped a day.
Change your hours if needed. I usually exercise in the evening but if I can’t, I’ll exercise in the morning. Also, if you cannot workout 20 minutes, change it to 5/8 minutes.
Set goals but take it easy!
To set goals is essential to keep yourself motivated however whether you are a beginner or advanced, maybe you started off with unrealistic goals like 100 squats every day or one hour workouts. Usually you will hear “raise the barre” but I say to you “lower the barre” if needed. Rethink what you are able to accomplish at the moment. Examine yourself and move at your own pace. When you get discouraged, what is crucial is to keep going. So it is OK to reset your goals. It doesn’t mean you are lowering your standards because you are not capable. It’s not a failure. It means that you know yourself. Do not get discouraged. Raise the barre gradually. As you get more advanced, then you will want more challenging objectives to keep you going at it.
As mentioned earlier, I set bright goals. It is a great way to increase your self-motivation. BRIGHT goals are: Specific; Realistic; Timely.
Let me give you an example:
I target a specific part of my body each day. (Upper body, lower body, Core and Cardio.)
I visualize myself achieving these goals.
I choose the exercises that I love doing, that I am excited to work towards.
I incorporate movements I am capable of doing.
My workout sessions do not last more that 25 minutes.
Customizing your training to your own taste and needs is one of the best move you can do to keep yourself self-motivated.
Yes!!! You read it right. Treat yourself after working out. Think about your reward before starting your session. It can be watching your favorite web series with a piece of dark chocolate, a nice cup of coffee or tea, a healthy snack such as a banana and almonds. Yes, rewards keep us motivated. Treats keep dogs motivated and excited when being tamed to do some special tricks. It is the same for us. Remember; working out should be a hobby more than a chore and you’re training to make it so! You’re taming yourself without anybody’s help. How amazing is that!
Congratulate yourself for all your efforts!
How to stay self-motivated is all about where your drive comes from; if your stimulation comes from within and pushes you to achieve personal fulfillment, it can be regarded as self-kick.
If you’re driven to meet standards set by someone else and not for your own enjoyment, then you will most likely get quickly unsatisfied.
The effort and time you are taking right now to read this post shows how much you are self-motivated already! It shows that you are able and wanting to workout on your own without being told what to do. Let’s barre!
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