The Key to Staying Motivated

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One of the most common fitness questions is, how do you stay motivated? It’s hard to wake up every morning and go to the gym, it’s hard to stay committed to your diet at parties, it’s hard to be fit! I completely understand these struggles.

Motivation is your why, and it is so important to know what your why is. It’ll help you when I share the key to staying motivated. Your motivation comes from a desire to change your life and achieve your health goals. So what is your initial motivation for health and fitness? What are your goals? Why do you want to be the best version of yourself? For me, it’s about living healthy and setting an example for he people around me.

Everyone in my family has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar. All of these can be improved through regular exercise and a balanced diet. The attitude of the people around me is, I have blank condition so the doctor put on blank medication, and that’s it. I believe food, exercise, and sunshine are the best medicines so those are the ones I take. I am in control of myself, my body, and my life. I am not a slave to doctors, drugs, or preventable premature death. I choose to live healthy to avoid the consequences of living the standard American life of obesity and disease. I am motivated by the alarming statistics about the mortality of the people in this country, even young people. That’s my why.

But I have also discovered the secret to staying motivated no matter what the circumstances. And this secret could be the key to achieving your health and fitness goals. Are you ready for the serious knowledge I’m about to drop? It could change your whole life, so if you’re not ready, I understand. They key to staying motivated, to achieving all of your goals is…discipline.

Ha, I’m sure you want to choke me right now, but it’s true. In order to achieve anything it’s about discipline and self control. Here’s the reality, you are never motivated to do something all the time. You’re probably not always motivated to clean your house or go to work or even hang out with old friends. Your motivation isn’t the problem, your need for motivation is the problem.

You can combat this with disciple. If you have scheduled your gym time every morning at 6:00, it becomes part of your routine, and you know you need to wake up to get yourself to the gym. It isn’t about what you want to do, it’s about doing what you need to do. There have been several times I have woken early when I intend to sleep in. I could lay in bed until my alarm goes off because I’m unmotivated. But because I am the master of myself, I get up and get a workout in.

The final piece to this trifecta of success is encouragement. Here’s the thing, we all sometimes need a little push in the right direction. Have you ever heard a perfect quote right when you needed it? That’s the encouragement I’m talking about. It may be a quote, a picture, or just the politeness of stranger that can change your outlook.

I typically allow myself a couple days of rest when my cycle begins. But just this month, on my first day I was watching Whitney Simmons videos, and felt so encouraged to get up and go to the gym. Even thought I already planned for pain, bloating, and misery, a Fit Tip with Whit, got me off the couch and on the treadmill.

It’s very important that you find your initial motivation so you know why you are working hard to develop healthy habits and self control. Next, establish the discipline necessary to persevere through the lack of motivation that you will inevitably face. This is something everyone in our world needs more of in several aspects of our lives, not just diet and fitness. Finally, get some encouragement. It can be from YouTube, Pinterest, your accountability partner, or a quick google search of the mortality rate of people in the developed world. The point is, find your purpose and get to work.

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Look How Far You’ve Come

This post is part of the GenFit program, an online fitness course designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. After reading this, if you are inspired to take charge of your life, to become fitter, leaner, and stronger, send me a message and I’ll tell you more about the program. GenFit is a place where I share even more ideas to help you achieve your health and fitness goals; and comes with a small community of people to help encourage and support you on your journey. Are you ready to be the best version of yourself? 

I think progress tracking is a non-negotiable. If you have specific fitness goals like losing 10 pounds, reducing your body fat by 5%, or running a half marathon, you need to track your progress. The thing about goals is that they only matter if they’re measurable. How are you supposed to know if you’ve achieved your goal if you haven’t tracked from the beginning? The greatest thing about it, is when you get to reflect on what you’ve done. People with transformations, big and small, don’t see it in the day to day, only when they’ve taken some time to reflect. So what do you track?

  1. Pictures: A picture is worth a thousand words, and since muscle weighs more than fat, pictures can be a better indicator of progress.
  2. Weight: This is the standard thing to track. I think it is most important if you are over or underweight. You want to make sure you get yourself to, and maintain a, health weight.
  3. Body fat: Obesity is more about one’s body fat percentage than it is about weight. The major healthy risks associated with obesity are more about body fat percentage than about weight. This number is more important to keep tack of because you want to keep it relatively low even if your weight is high. Rememberer, muscle weighs more than fat. I also want to point out  quickly, women require more body fat than men.
  4. Measurements: I like to measure my calves, thighs, hips, waist, chest, and arms. If you are overweight, you may consider measuring your neck as well.
  5. Fitness test: Do as many push ups as you can for one minute. Then do the same thing for sit ups and squats. Now, run a mile as fast as you can. Record all those numbers. They can help show your strength and endurance.

Now that we’ve recorded all the preliminary data, the question becomes how often do we measure. The answer is that it is up to you. I have a history of anorexia so I measure once per month. That helps me to see my progress but not obsess. A lot of people like to weigh in once per week, which is also fine. I would discourage you from weighing in everyday because your weight will fluctuate. There is so much involved in it. Have you eaten today, are you dehydrated, where are you in your monthly cycle, was yesterday Thanksgiving? There are so many factors, and everyone’s weight fluctuates day to day, even within the same day. I think taking a step back and having a bigger picture of your whole month or whole week can provide a more accurate representation of your body composition.

Using a fitness binder can really allow you to see your progress and be encouraged by all of your accomplishments. That is the best motivation you have to continue on your health and fitness journey.

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Get a Date

This post is part of the GenFit program, an online program designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. If you feel inspired after reading this to take charge of your life, to become fitter, leaner, and stronger, send me a message and I’ll get you the information. GenFit is a place where I share even more ideas to help you achieve your health and fitness goals and comes with a small community of people to help encourage and support you on your journey. Are you ready to be the best version of yourself? 

Why do you want to get fit? Why do you want to workout and eat healthy? What is your why?

You will only achieve that, if you make yourself a priority. So many of us put our family, our friends, our careers before ourselves. All those things are important, but are they more important than your why? If you’re like me, your why may be for your friends, family, or career. Finding balance in life is one of the hardest things we have to do; but it is pivotal to our journey to make our fitness a priority.

For me, the best way to do that is by making a date with yourself. Whenever my friends want to go out for brunch, or my family wants to catch a movie, I put it in my phone so Remember. I set an alert for the day before and an hour before. My schedule is blocked off for that time I want to spend with them. During that time they have almost my full attention, I’m not worried about work or the gym or church. I am present to the people I’m with.

This is how you have to be with yourself, you have to be intentional about the time you spend with yourself. When you’re working out, you’re working out. Focus on doing every exercise to the best of your ability. Make a date wit yourself. Put “Gym Time” on your calendar and set alerts. When something comes up, you know you are already booked, because you are getting your fit on.

The hard truth is that if you don’t make yourself a priority, no one else will either. Your health is yours and you have to do what needs to be done. So schedule your date with yourself. Pick out your cutest workout gear and check Pinterest for the best hairstyles for the gym. Make yourself feel special and get excited about taking care of your own wellness. Of course, you could also just lace up and go, whatever works for you!

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