By Ali Hemsley
Week one into your new exercise regime you’re feeling feistier than Beyoncé, but how do you stay motivated week after week? Here are my top five tips for staying motivated. Grab yourself an energy drink, put on ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and read on to revitalise your motivation!
Remember why you started
Whether you’ve lost your motivation to go to the gym, eat more healthily, or even non-fitness objections such as to spend less time watching television… there’s a reason why you started. Remember that reason: write it down on a post it note and put it beside your bed so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up; make it your phone wallpaper; tell your friends what you’re doing and why you’re doing it!
One of the key ways to stay on track with meeting any goal is to hold yourself accountable for your actions. By thinking about your reasons for starting a goal or journey, you’re reminding yourself that your actions are part of a bigger picture and this helps provide accountability.
Change your attitude
When I was 17, I became really unwell and was diagnosed with M.E and Fibromyalgia (Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Join Pain). I was housebound for six months, struggled to walk without using a stick, and unable to do…well, pretty much everything. Six years on, I’m now training to be a Personal Trainer and I’m an absolute gym junkie! Do I think I’d be this into fitness if I wasn’t ill when I was younger? Absolutely not! I’m into fitness because I’m amazed that my body is now well enough to be able to exercise, and I don’t want to lose that again.
If you’ve lost motivation, change your attitude and see exercise as a privilege not a chore. You have legs that are able to carry you up hills, you have arms that are able to lift weights, you have lungs that allow you to run – make the most of them!
Grab a friend
Friends that sweat together, stay together! Research has shown that you’re more likely to enjoy your workout and push yourself harder if you work out with a friend. So grab your mum, your best friend, or even your dog and get your lycra on!
Try something new
It can be really easy for your progress to plateau if you’re doing the same routine three times a week. Treat your relationship with exercise as you would your love life – if it’s getting too comfortable then spice it up! Try a new class or get some inspiration of new moves to try from fitness bloggers on Instagram!
“Work hard. Play hard.”
It’s important to stay on track with your fitness or diet goals, but if you’re losing motivation because you’re being too strict then it’s important to treat yourself. Set yourself mini goals so that you can regularly celebrate. (And don’t worry, a couple glasses of wine with the girls isn’t going to ruin all of your hard work!)
Ali Hemsley is a 23-year-old Economics graduate from Brighton who is now pursuing a career as a Personal Trainer and blogger. She was diagnosed with M.E and Fibromyalgia in 2011 and has gone from being housebound to a fitness lover.