We’ve all been there. Hitting the gym religiously for a couple of weeks and loving it, but then life happens, old habits start to creep back in and we lose our motivation.
So, what can you do to make sure you stay motivated and committed? We’ve put together our top 8 tips to help you stay on track and #RULEYOURGOALS
1. Meal Prep
Getting ahead of the game and prepping your meals in advance will help you beat any of those ‘bad day cravings’. Just knowing that you’ve got your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all prepped and ready to got for the next day not only means that you’re more likely to stay on the wagon, but is actually a money saver as well as you won’t be making daily trips tp the supermarket where it’s easy to get distracted by anything ‘off-list’.
2. Build a Killer Playlist
Ignore the usual generic dross being pumped out of you gym’s speaker system (unless, of course, that works for you) and take some time to build a playlist filled with awesome tunes that will get you pumped.
3. Count Reps Down
Don’t count up, count down. Knowing that you’ve gotten all the way from 10 to 1, rather than 1 to 10 makes things sound more achievable, feels like you’ve done more, and you’re less likely to let yourself off doing the last one too.
4. Remove Temptation
Take some time to search through your kitchen cupboards and remove anything that will create temptation on a bad day. Doing this proactively before the cravings take hold is more likely to keep you on track.
5. Slow & Steady
If you’re new to the whole training game, then remember it’s a journey. Nobody is expecting you to be able to bench 100kg from the off. Start small and work upwards, only moving up weights or running further distances when you feel like it’s achievable. Doing this creates sustainability and means that you won’t burn out after just a few weeks.
6. Take Photos
Depending on your diet, hydration levels or whole load of other factors, that scales can swing from one end to the other very easily. And you’re more than a number after all, right? Taking photos to chart your progress instead of solely relying on a weight reading is the best way to actively monitor your progress and really see your results.
7. Own Your Mistakes
Having a blip is totally normal; it’s how you choose to move on from it that matters. So, whether you’ve been tempted by birthday cake at the office, or you’ve been peer-pressured into drinking more than you planned on a night out with your mates, it doesn’t mean that you need to go sliding head first into giving up. Own you mistakes and get back to your training plan the next day.
Remember, your fitness journey is an ongoing process. When you feel like you’ve hit a plateau or are having a bad day, think about why you started, how far you’ve come, and the reasons to not give up!