For some people, staying motivated is easy because they set a goal and work to achieve it. For others, it’s not as simple because we might lack will power or motivation altogether to stay healthy. It can also be difficult because you’re tempted by alcohol, desserts and other delicious food in summer. Plus, who wants to spend hours in the gym every week? It’s easy to lose sight of motivation if you’re not committed, so it’s important to set your intentions for your goals and commit to working at them.
Here are six effective tips to stay motivated all summer long, so you can accomplish all of your health and fitness goals. You’ll add a little bliss to your life knowing you can wake up and feel motivated instantly.
Organize and Create a plan:
Think of your schedule: when do you work or have other commitments? When is the best time to workout? Can you prep meals in advanced? How often will you work out/how long? Make sure to answer these questions and organize your plans into your schedule. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Be realistic, but confident:
Are you looking to lose 20 pounds before September? That might be realistic for some, but it might not be for everyone. Or begin with a smaller goal and work your way up. Your goals don’t have to be weight-loss orientated. They can also be related to eating healthier or toning your body.
Cut out inspirational words and pictures! Put the collage where you’ll see it every day, so you’re reminded to get your workout in for the day in and eat healthy. This way, you’ll remember that you have goals you want to reach, so you’ll feel motivated from the time you wake up in the morning.
Change it up:
You won’t feel motivated if you’re going to the gym for an hour and running on the treadmill everyday. Instead, get outside. Go for a hike with friends, bike with your boyfriend or try Pilates. Changing up your routine will confuse your muscles, which means a better workout for you!
Follow the 90/10 rule:
For me, diet is the toughest part of staying motivated because I love dessert. However, it’s not good if you’re looking to be healthy. Eat healthy 90 percent of the time and cheat 10 percent of the time. Here’s a rule of thumb: if you eat five meals a day (35 meals a week) you can cheat 31 of those 35 meals.
Your attitude will make or break your progress. Keep track of your goals on a weekly basis. It doesn’t have to be your weight. Did you do 10 more squats this week than the previous week? That’s a goal to celebrate. Just remember to smile through the journey and keep going.