Motivation

Motivation means different things to us all but one thing we all have in common is that we set ourselves goals and we want to achieve them.

Coach Jacob:

Sometimes it’s very difficult to stay motivated, whether that’s sticking to a diet or training in the gym. A great way to stay motivated would be to track your progress as you go. This way you can keep up to date and see how you’re progressing through the weeks, see yourself improve will help with keeping you motivated to train and eat well.

Coach Andy:

Motivation – Motivation is overrated and can come and go. Habits achieve goals. When you brush your teeth in the morning you don’t have to psyche yourself up for it, put some pounding music on just to floss. You just do it as it’s habit/routine. Make health and exercise the same. It’s just something you do without fail or thought.

Coach Gemma:

To stay motivated I need to have a goal but rather than having one massive goal that seems so far away and unachievable I have smaller goals along the way. For example, in a year I’m getting married and want to lose 1stone,  I then break the year up into quarters and say by mark 1 I need to have lost 6lb or in three months time I’m having lunch with my girlfriends and want to have dropped a Jean size. Don’t overwhelm yourself, keep things simple and enjoy reaching each goal!

Coach Kev:

If I went to the gym, every time I was fully motivated too, I would of trained about 20 times in the last 20 years.

You’ll be tired, stressed, lack time, missed a meal, have an achy shoulder and just not feel like it almost 99.9% of the time and so awaiting some magical feeling to push you off your butt and into the gym is about as reliable as letting a 6 year old do your tax return.

Motivation comes usually after action, so really you need a reason why you are doing this thing called fitness, beyond just wanting to “tone up a little” or “lose a little weight”.

Health, Pride and Vanity are your most powerful tools to help keep you moving forward.

If you understand truly WHY you need fitness in your life, you’re more likely to figure out HOW to beat your obstacles.

Coach Lauren:

Lack of motivation is one of the biggest barriers you’ll face when it comes to being consistent with training and exercise

We rely on it so heavily, yet its so fickle and you feel like you are on a rollercoaster

One analogy I like to use that can help you drum up the motivation to get up and go or at least keep going is the Snowball effect. In those moments you don’t feel motivated, start with a small action. It could be as simple as going for a 10 minute walk, performing an exercise, even popping on your trainers. Just one small action can and will lead to bigger and bigger actions and soon becomes habitual.

Coach Scott:

Motivation is only as strong as your habits.

Everyone has good and bad days when their motivation dips up and down.

So my biggest advice would be to implement habits into your life so that even when your motivation isn’t there, you have those habits to fall back on.

Here are 4 examples that you can implement right away:

  1. Drink 2-3L water daily.
  2. Perform some form of exercise (even just a walk).
  3. At least 6-9 hours of sleep every night.
  4. At least 1 portion of vegetables with your dinner.