How to Get and Stay Motivated to Pursue your Fitness Dreams
If I had a dollar for every time someone made New Year’s resolution to be a regular at the gym, I would be a billionaire. We’ve all met or heard of those people who get their gym membership renewed, get expensive fitness gear, and invest in a diet plan. A week later, they end up on their couches munching on a bag of Cheetos.
So, where does this motivation go? How does one keep grinding every day and then motivate themselves to go and exercise? Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a bunch of tricks and tips to help you stay on the path of fitness.
Mix up your routine
Keep it fun and exciting for your body. When we perform the same routines or exercises every day, we get used to it. In exercise, this is called the “plateau”. If you’re working hard to get things going and not seeing much in the way of results, it may be time to change it up a bit.
Figure out or find new and different routines to keep your body on its toes. This will help engage your mind, get your body in better shape, and will be a lot more fun than you could ever imagine. Change requires adaptation—when we mix things up, we help ourselves to stay on task for longer.
Change your mindset
Exercise is more than a thing that you do to get slim or fit into those jeans. It is a tool in your arsenal to make you more productive, happier, and to put you in better shape. Fitness is a lifestyle. Try to think of fitness as more than your half-hour in the gym. Think of it as who you are. Instead of sitting for eight hours, try to take a stroll a bit. Get up and walk, do a set of squats at work. These activities bump up the heart rate, boost the metabolism, and put you in a better mood for the rest of the day.
Don’t suppose exercise as a chore that you just have to get done with. Consider it as time off from your work or a break from studies. It will help you keep a positive attitude towards exercise.
Get a group of friends
Believe me, this is the tip that makes the biggest difference. It’s not just common advice that your friends can make or break you: it’s proven by science. Science shows us why we should spend time with people who we want to be like (and avoid those who we don’t want to be like). Studies show that when you have an obese friend, you are 57% more likely to be obese yourself, but the results of this study showed an even deeper importance in choosing your friends:
If you have a friend of a friend who is obese, you have a 25% higher chance of being obese. When a friend of a friend of a friend is obese, you are 10% more likely to be obese. What’s so horrifying is that these studies hold true even if you’ve never met these friends of friends of friends. When you decide to get fit, lose weight, or stay motivated together, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your group of friends.
Keeping a healthy competition among your peers can motivate you to be regular and perform better at the gym. Moreover, working out with people who are positive and are pursuing the same goals as you can also help you stay motivated. Some days when your motivation level is low, the people surrounding you may radiate their energy towards you and help you out.
Listen to Music
A study by the Brunel University of sports education claimed that music can increase your endurance by almost 15%. That may not sound like a lot, but imagine if you got a 15% raise at work! You can give yourself that same boost to your workout just by cranking up the tunes.
Gather a bunch of songs and get a pair of headphones or find a gym with a soundtrack that fires you up. Music allows us to get our mind off of our exercise, helping us to endure through suffering, work out harder, and push ourselves all the more to being the people we want to be, the best versions of ourselves.
Use Social Media
In our age of technology, it is so easy to stay updated about the latest research on fitness and exercise methods. Use social media to follow fitness coaches and athletes who talk about fitness and motivation on their channels 24/7.
These free coaches can craft you some workouts that will crush you no matter your experience level. Anyone from a beginning, to a twice-a-week gym visitor, all the way to a pro can find useful and helpful advice on the internet. YouTube in particular has some incredible content with workouts, video tutorials, and great videos on form. Spend some time watching your fitness heroes on the internet and strive to be like them.
Motivation is different for everybody. Some might have intrinsic motivations to stay fit while others might just want to fit back in their old clothes or look better for their friend’s wedding. Whatever your reason for wanting to be in better shape (not that you need a reason—being fit is good enough on its own!), there is a way to get you motivated and in the gym, on a run, or even taking a walk in the park.
There are lots of ways to get and stay motivated, but the tips and tricks we’ve outlined above will go a long way towards helping you. If nothing else, use this article as a starting place: try and change what you’re doing, evaluate your reasons for working out, find a great group of friends, put yourself in a good environment, and find some fitness heroes who you want to be like. Before you know it, you won’t have to read about how to get motivated to pursue your fitness dreams—people will be asking you how to get and stay motivated.
So here’s to better fitness for us all.