As a trainer, I get asked frequently about my own fitness
regime; how often I exercise, what I do for exercise, what I eat, and most
often, how I don’t get burned out or bored. I am the first to admit that I beat
the heck out of my body and I could likely benefit from slowing it down a
little bit, but just like everyone else, there are days when I have to drag
myself there and push through a workout. Here are some tips that I have picked
up along the way to keep me motivated and excited.
Schedule it. At the start of every week, I know exactly
what times each day I need to set aside for my workouts. Some weeks it requires
me moving certain things around in my schedule to get there and that is OKAY.
This should be a part of your life that is non-negotiable.
Pay for it. It might sound silly, but putting up money to
workout at a gym, with a trainer or to take a class will hold you accountable
for showing up.
Branch out. Try something new. Keeping you excited to work
out often means changing it up. Whether it is trying out new equipment, taking
a new class, or changing venues; think of ways to keep it fresh. Fresh and
Dress the part. I live in my workout clothes, but I do always
feel extra motivated when I buy new workout wear.
Have a goal in mind. As a trainer, I always have my clients
set both short and long term goals. Do the same for yourself. Set one for the
day, one for the week, one for the month, and one for the year. And when you
achieve one, reward yourself.
Lose the scale. Step away from the scale, guys. I am
constantly telling my clients to stop weighing themselves. It is a good way to
keep yourselves in check once a week or once every two weeks, but our weight
fluctuates a lot from morning until night, from day to day and depending on
hydration, hormones, salt intake etc. You will get a much better idea of ACTUAL
weight loss if you weigh yourself less often. Instead, take measurements, use
clothing as a gauge and use how
you FEEL as a gauge.
Make it social. When I am at the gym, I am typically in the
(unfriendly) zone with my headphones on. But, over the years, I have met lots
of friends at the gym who have become great friends both in and outside of the
gym. Taking new classes with them or showing each other new things that we have
learned is a great way to keep things exciting and fun. The other benefit is
that if we don’t see each other for a while, we check in and see where they’ve been
and make sure they're coming back.
Everything counts. Exercise is not an all or nothing
activity. Something is always better than nothing. Moving at ALL is always
better than being sedentary so don’t be discouraged if you don’t do exactly
what you wanted to do. Just do SOMETHING.