Pushing yourself to the limit in the gym isn’t the hardest aspect of getting fit; that title belongs to the idea of finding the motivation to hit the gym and complete a workout regularly and consistently every week.
Sure, we can all find the motivation on day one of a new fitness project, but unlocking the mental endurance needed for sustained progress requires the ability to stay on track even when all you want to do is stay in bed or on the couch and do nothing for the day. Here’s what you can do to power through towards your goals.
Mental strength is equally as crucial as physical strength and endurance when it comes to your training schedule. The people that unlock the best results are those that are prepared to put in the hard graft, even in the moments where it becomes tedious.
The best athletes, for example, are those that complete the same cycles over and over. Bruce Lee famously quipped: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Those sentiments can extend to your weight loss motivation or strength training routines.
While you’ll still aim to improve your performance over time, equipping yourself with the ability to see workouts as a natural part of your week rather than something you need to find the motivation to complete can make a world of difference.
In other words, do everything you can to make going to the gym easy. Prepare your workout gear the night before and make sure you take it with you in the morning. When you don’t feel like going, make a pact with yourself to go anyway and if you still feel like not working out you can still leave. Guaranteed once you are in the gym, you will want to hit those weights.
Working Through The Dark Moments
Finding motivation when things are going well is easy. Whether you’ve lost two pounds in a week or you’ve increased your personal best on the deadlift, you’ll be eager to get back in the gym at the earliest stage possible. The real challenge comes when facing setbacks and adversity.
You may hit a plateau on your weight loss journey or hit a brick wall in your lifting. You may not get enough sleep for some time or experience other emotional stress and life distractions that have a negative impact on your performance. Sometimes an injury may set you back several steps on your journey.
Understanding that none of the above last forever is key. It also may help finding a workaround for the time being, so you can work out without risking further problems. While there may not be any visible effect of the recovery workouts, their benefit will show once you are in top shape again and ready to get your hands dirty. In other words, stopping everything will only have negative effect and you can lose strength and mobility.
Nobody said the road to success would be easy but fighting through those tough moments will help you reach far greater heights when things are going well. This truly is the hallmark of a winner.
Enjoy the Journey
When starting any fitness regime, it’s only natural that you’ll focus on the visions of a better you. However, this image alone probably won’t be enough to keep you on a healthy diet and exercise plan. Therefore, it’s imperative that you learn to love the process.
Consistency is king, and the only way to achieve this is through enjoying the daily process. Focusing solely on the single event of a personal best lift or hitting a weight loss milestone may keep you focused for the short term, but it also may dishearten you at the first obstacle. Apart from anything else, the moments where you doubt yourself could derail the whole process.
Learn to enjoy the training and nutrition, and you become bulletproof. Find things in your sessions you love doing and make sure you include some of them in each workout. Identify ingredients, meal types or other aspects of your diet you enjoy, even if it’s just the act of cooking, and embrace those to help you stay on track.
There will still be days where motivation levels are low, and you need to remind yourself that sticking to the schedule is crucial. Still, there is no doubt that you’ll gain far better outcomes when doing something you love.
Get in touch today to learn more about how Team Howell can help you stay consistent and hit your targets. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or by sending a message.