Through research and surveys conducted, one of the most common New Year resolutions is starting or making a change to a health and fitness program. That being said, it is also one of the resolutions that most people go hard at for a few weeks before falling in a heap of “its all too hard”. It is not as if people don’t want to be fit. But they do lack the motivation to implement a fitness program into their everyday lives. Its proven time and time again that motivation is as important as the exercises itself if you genuinely want to achieve your health and fitness goals.
While each person has their own way of staying motivated and what works for some may not work for others, there are some things everyone can do to remain motivated.
1) The first and foremost aspect is to find a good trainer. Now a good trainer is not just someone who has a lot of experience or can show you lots of different exercises. The trainer that helps you stay motivated is someone who will work with you and build a fitness program that is fun and targets the areas where you need more attention. Remember when we are with a friend or simply listening to music, time suddenly feels like it is going faster and before you know it you have already completed an hour of training. It’s the same with a good trainer. A trainer that feels like working out with a friend is the ideal trainer for you to stay motivated.
2) Once you have found the ideal trainer for yourself, the next aspect is to develop a fitness program that involves doing things you not only enjoy but understand the benefits of such program. Exercise does not have to be boring or be the same repetitive thing again and again. In fact for so many people, their main excuse for not exercising is thinking they will get bored. If you have found the right trainer, then he or she will be able to develop a training program that involves a number of activities such as gymnastics, Pilates, cardio and weightlifting amongst others. These activities need to be tailored as per your specific requirements and once you start achieving some results, there is no better motivation than to feel you are finally achieving your goals.
3) Goals are in fact one of the key ways to remain motivated. There is obviously one ultimate goal to attain a certain level of fitness. But if that remains the only goal, then within a week or so some may feel disappointed that they are nowhere near what they want to achieve. Hence apart from our main goal, it is good to have several other smaller goals that are realistic and easily achievable. Once you start hitting these goals, the rush you feel inside you is quite extraordinary and your mind automatically is motivated to reach out for the next goal and so on. If your mind remains motivated, then sticking to a fitness program is a “piece of cake.”
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Claire Schintler is one of the co-founders of Simply Fitness Personal Training studio, based in Essendon, Victoria. We provide fitness and strength training for people of all makes and models. For more information on our fitness studio in Essendon, please visit simplyfitnesspt.com/
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