You have a couple home workout routines you want to try. You have the space, and you even picked up some dumbbells and a chin-up bar. You have everything any respectable home gym needs. Now, you’re ready to workout. You’re going to get lean and muscular and the ladies, or the guys, as the case may be will be all over you and your new killer body.
So, you start working out and things are going pretty good for the first week. You’re a bit sore, but you push on. You see some results after the first week and you feel great. But then you have to work late one day and you skip that workout. Then you’re really tired the next day and decide to workout the day after. Oh, but the next day comes and your favorite TV show is on and you tell yourself, “I’ll workout tomorrow.” And so it goes, until you’re not working out at all, and your dumbbells are collecting dust in the corner of your basement somewhere. So sad.
Next thing you know, you’ve gained another 10 pounds and more frustrated than ever. Well, don’t be too hard on yourself, lack of motivation happens to all of us, even those of us who are really into working out. Of course, usually never to the degree of completely stopping to workout, but it can go down to only one workout a week sometimes. To get back on track doesn’t take much if you know how to stay motivated.
Staying motivated is the biggest secret to getting and staying in shape, whether you workout at home or workout at the gym. This is how you can stay motivated:
1. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to get in shape?”
Being honest with yourself and finding out why you want o get in shape can be the greatest motivator of them all. There are many reasons to workout: To feel better, to be more attractive to the opposite sex, to look better or to be a better athlete. Find out what your reason is?
2. Write down your Goal.
There is a lot of power in the written word, especially when it comes to setting a goal. Now you don’t have to write it down and refer to it often, but it sure helps, most specifically if you are having self motivation problems.
3. Use a Training Journal and track your progress.
Writing down your sets, your reps, your rest periods, how much weight you use, etc can be one of the greatest motivational tools. I’ve used a training journal for over 15 years. When you see the progress you’ve made in your journal and you see the progress you’ve made in the mirror to reflect your efforts, you can help but to be motivated to reach higher in your training efforts.
4. Use a training partner.
If you can’t do it on your own, then get someone to do it with you. A training partner can help you stick to a training schedule and help keep you accountable to your workouts and yourself. So if you lack self motivation, a training partner is a great way to help you reach your fitness goals. A side benefit to having a training partner is that it’s just much funner to workout with someone else than it is by yourself.
5. Get a personal trainer.
Again, if you can’t motivate yourself yet, and need the extra push and motivation, get a personal trainer. Having to pay a personal trainer is very motivational to you and your wallet. Every time you miss a training session, you still have to pay for it. Also, when it comes down to it, the major function of a personal trainer is to motivate you and to help you get to a place where you can self motivate. Personal training for people who have serious motivation issues is highly beneficial.