You want to work out, but you just can't seem to get motivated to do it. Well, studies have shown that this is actually the hardest part about working out.
You may be thinking, how can this be harder than the actual workout? Well, let’s start from the beginning of what it really takes to get motivated to start your workout program. Here is a good checklist to help guide you towards success:
ASK, WHY NOW
The first thing you should always ask yourself is, why now? That answer is your why. Your why is your driving force and the reason you've decided to start working out. This why should be written down as a reminder on your purpose for starting.
DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE
Mindset is a crucial part to begin this process. Once you have the right mindset and purpose, you are able to get out of your own way and get started. When you have a positive attitude and you are mentally ready to get started, the process actually becomes easier.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT WORKOUT
The next part of getting motivated is to find something that you are actually interested in. Getting motivated means that you are excited and feel good about going to the gym or starting your workout. Working out is not meant to be a chore, It is a celebration of what your body is capable of!
GET A WORKOUT PARTNER
Having an accountability partner is always helpful when trying to motivate yourself for a workout. Having the support system will keep you coming back for more even on those days that you really don’t feel like it.
CREATE SHORT & LONG-TERM GOALS
This could not be stressed enough. When creating goals, make sure you have short-term and long-term ones. Short term should only last about 4 weeks and long terms can be anything from 12 weeks and beyond. If the goals you are striving for are unrealistic for you in the timeframe you would like, then it will be impossible to achieve them. When this happens, some lose sight of their why and their purpose. Remember you did not gain weight in one day, so you are not going to lose it in one day. Some people work out and eat clean for a day and wonder why their body has not changed, rather than celebrating themselves for putting in action toward their goals!
Just remember, keep it simple and take each day at a time. You can’t build Rome in a day so remember your why, trust the process and enjoy the journey. Motivation will find you along the way as long as you are doing what you love.
By Krista Ferrara, www.fitbodybykrista.com