Keeping motivated to achieve your fitness goals can sometimes feel like a never-ending challenge. Thoughts like “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow…” or “I’m too tired to workout today…” creep in and give us excuses to skip exercise.
So why do we struggle to stay motivated to do something we know makes us feel great?
Fitness goals are a bit like a chicken and egg scenario. While motivation or a lack of time may seem like the problem, it might actually be your goals that need reassessing.
Here are some important things to remember when setting goals for yourself:
Step One: Re-evaluate and self-reflection
Take a moment to think about your fitness goals and how you plan on achieving them. Do you still enjoy your workouts? Are you self-motivated, or do you rely on others to motivate you? Are your goals challenging enough or are you staying in your comfort zone?
Achieving your fitness goals, and maintaining them, simply won’t happen if you’ve begun dreading your next workout, are relying on others to motivate you, or aren’t feeling challenged enough.
Being honest with yourself is the first step towards setting fitness goals you feel motivated and excited about.
Step Two: Ensure your goals are achievable
If you struggle to fit in one workout a week, don’t aim to do one every single day straight away. Setting an unachievable goal will destroy motivation pretty quickly. Set a more realistic goal and work your way up from there. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up – often it can be tempting to give up if things don’t go exactly to plan. Missing one workout is better than giving up altogether!
Step Three: Ensure they’re measurable
We all want to feel and look good. But while this may be your end goal, it is a difficult to goal to measure. Giving yourself practical, measurable goals will keep you more motivated, and therefore more likely to get the most out of your workouts. Having a benchmark to constantly strive to improve from can be addictive.
Suggestions for practical, measurable goals:
- How far you can reach to your toes
- How many push ups/sit ups you can do in one minute
- How long you can run on the treadmill and at what speed
- How many laps you can swim in half an hour
- How high you can jump
Step Four: Tell people about it
Simply telling a friend or family member about your goals can act as a motivator. If nobody else knows your plans, it’s a lot easier to talk yourself out of them. Telling somebody keeps you accountable and you might even encourage them to join you!
Step Five: Seek out support from the experts
If you’re serious about achieving your fitness goals and want to feel healthier and happier, speak to a personal trainer for advice. Our friendly personal trainers are ready and willing to give you all the help and advice you need to keep on track – just ask in centre!
Steven Karabatsos, YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator
Steven has more than 15 years’ experience in the Health and Fitness industry. A highly regarded personal trainer, Steven has a great deal of experience in helping people achieve their fitness goals.