What is the best way to stay motivated???
#1 Having a good long term goal that is meaningful to you. Like health or just the pure enjoyment of the lifestyle.
#2 Seeing the progress and feeling and seeing how your body adapts and changes.
#3 Long term goals. Transforming your life and body. Winning a medal or a title. Becoming an athlete. Get to that perfect weight and health (that is measurable). Fit that dress! Run the mile under that that certain number of minutes.
#3 Short term measurable objectives. Such as a BF% or a performance benchmark. Or some sort of accomplishment such as running a marathon.
#4 Stepping stones, a even more short term measurable goals of 1-3 months. Sticking to the plan and training, and training the planned hours. Reaching the set stepping stone goal that month or quarter. Nailing that goal of a set time or lifting the set weight that you planned on. Dicing a percentage or two of BF%.
#5 Getting the attention of that girl that you have been watching from the distance for a long time. ;)
But ultimately it is #1 for the love of doing it, more or less. So when you find that love of doing it you know you have made it. So go and train to find it. ;)
A few things that keep me motivated :)
1) Fall in love with what you do. A favorite trainer, a favorite class can keep you motivated right when you think you can't push anymore.
2)Remember to set a long term goal but set mini ones on your way there. Your ultimate goal might not be attainable in a month or even 2. So, set smaller ones to keep you motivated to get you there.
3) And reward yourself with non food presents: a manicure, a new shirt, a massage. Work hard, and own it!
4) Remember that your goals in health are really about a LIFESTYLE change. You become a positive ROLE MODEL to your family and friends when you become a living, breathing billboard for health. Honor your hard work along the way and all the small goals and accomplishments. Every step gets you a little bit closer to that ultimate goal.
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