Motivation is key to slaying those workouts and staying committed. Here are my top 5 motivators that keep me disciplined and on track.
1. Workout Programme
Follow a great routine so you keep scheduling those workouts. I use Kayla Itsines’s Sweat App, it breaks my week into: three strength training days, two low intensity cardio days, one HITT session and one stretch session. Week by week I just follow the Legs, Arms and Abs sessions but I lift more weights on some of the exercises. For the cardio sessions I will just run or jump rope most of the time. I also do free style training where I incorporate exercises I enjoy. You don’t need an app by all means. just find some exercises that you love, write them down, hit the gym and get moving!
2. Fitness Tracker
Achieveing those movement and calorie goals for the day, keep you motivated to move and stay active. The Apple watch has this nice feature of completing three rings (move, stand and calories burnt) a day. I am addicted to the point where if I don’t close one of my rings I will start randomly squatting or walking around the room in a circle. Furthermore, tracking your heart rate during workouts make you push harder. I use a bluetooth chest strap for this, as I don’t think the integrated wrist one is that accurate.
Exceptional beats help to keep you focused and make you train harder with the flow as you listen to your favourite music. Create a great spotify playlist for different styles of training, i.e. running, strength training, HITT, etc. Bluetooth headphones are a total must for me as well so I can run and workout freely without having tangled wires that obstruct movement.
Who doesn’t love beautiful activewear?! I think it’s an amazing incentive to make you hit the gym because you get the opportunity to look great whilst getting your sweat on, plus every item is a celebration of a milestone. Whenever, I reach a fitness goal I will buy some sport clothing. I always make a mental note of the pretty activewear I see, and I will treat myself when I check off a goal. Trust me its the most rewarding!
5. Tracking Little Changes
Take progress pictures so you can see the little changes as the scales don’t measure much because muscle weighs more than fat. Notice how you eat less processed foods or drink more water. You have to celebrate the little changes you see and accomplish so you can truly take in the bigger picture. Most of all become aware of how working out is making you feel healthier, happier and stronger.
Overall, motivation comes to us in unique ways. Everyone is different and various things may keep you in check. Whatever it is, its good to have motivators that keep you disciplined and active! Do something good for yourself and set goals.
Reward yourself once in a while for being healthy and active.