Motivation is a lot like a dormant, unused muscle that will likely be a challenge resuscitating at first. It’s about overcoming fear by resurrecting you without limits.
However, you can start right where you are at right now. After all, everyone is in different places in life.
The best thing to do when you are on this fitness journey is to not compare yourself to someone else. Many people dislike working out at the gym because they start to compare themselves to someone in much better shape. Never feel insecure and intimidated by a gym.
Choose The Best Way To Exercise For You
There are three main ways you can get fit and not one solution works for everyone.
- Join a gym
- Exercise outdoors
- Work out at home
If you decide to join a gym, it’s easy to worry about what other people are thinking. Regardless, the most important thing to focus on is your own path and journey. Do not compare yourself to the person next to you that might be running, while you are walking.
The absolute most critical thing is to start where you are at and forget about where you think you should be. At least you are beginning. You drove to the gym after a long hard day at work or woke up extra early. If you are at the gym and exercising, this is half the battle.
Be Kind To Yourself
This phrase sounds cliché, but reminding ourselves is necessary, and that is to be kind to the person staring back in the mirror. Do not beat yourself up if you slip during the journey because we all do. It serves no one if you shame and guilt yourself for gaining weight or for consuming too many calories one day.
Taking a before picture as a tool for motivation is perfectly fine. However, use it as fuel to get yourself to where you would like to be. I find this especially true if you are working out alone and or if you workout at home. So, another part of working out and getting moving is to get a workout partner if you need the extra accountability.
Don’t Rush & Embrace Your Weightloss Journey
We all want, to hurry up and “get there already” but life is all about making memories and embracing the journey. It reminds me of some moms that decide to take pictures of each week of their pregnancy. Taking the time to document your progress is an excellent way to inspire yourself and others. It’s not too late for you to document your progress and efforts. Simply enjoy the journey and celebrate each milestone you make even if it’s increasing your cardio from 30 minutes a day to 45 minutes. Every step is an achievement in the direction of progress because every step forward is not a step backward.
Boost Your Motivation: Commit To Memory A Mantra Or Favorite Quote
This might sound elementary, but just think about Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It!” I mean, we are talking about 3 words and yet that slogan is so powerful. No need to attempt to memorizing something complex, just keep it simple and try to think of a mantra you can remember.
Take a corkboard and pin up your favorite quote or pin it to your Facebook, write it down on a whiteboard, somewhere you can see it. Whatever you decide to do: write, memorize, and say your personal motivational slogan to yourself whenever you feel like battling negative internal voices. You can overcome your own self-doubt by flexing your motivation muscle. After all, encouragement helps to push us farther than we ever thought we could go.
Progress Won’t Stop If You Don’t!