You hear this a lot in the media and amongst your peers- “_____ motivates me”
It’s not so important what motivates you, it’s what keeps you motivated that will ultimately get you places and help you reach your goals.
I think we all would agree that there needs to be some motivation to get you through a 60 or 90 day Beachbody Challenge.
When one embarks on a journey, there are a lot of things that can kill your motivation–negativity from others, your loss of passion, lack of immediate success and sometimes life just gets plain gets in the way and we run out of time.
I think it’s important to remember that fitness and health (a lot like life) are not a 90 day Challenge, they are a lifelong commitment to yourself to spend as much time on this earth as possible and to enjoy that time.
My 4 Tips to Stay Motivated
1) Surround yourself with people that support you and your goals
Anyone who gives you a bad time for not having a beer with them or not going crazy at the Superbowl party with chips and cheese sticks is really all about their own satisfaction.
Why should your friend care if you aren’t eating the same food as them–true friends may give you a bad time, but ultimately will respect you for not giving in and the next time you see them will totally support what you are trying to accomplish.
2) Tell people what you are doing
Personally, this is my favorite way to plan or stay motivated–I tell people what I am doing so the next time I see them they will ask about it and this will hold me accountable to actually do it.
I don’t want to sound like a quitter to others, so if I just stay on course I will have a great answer for them. If it’s a fitness motivation, they usually will know the answer because they’ve seen some changes in my body.
I do this for travel and adventure too. I tell people I am going somewhere crazy and I don’t want to look like a big talker, so it makes me jump all in to pack my back and head for the airport.
3) Don’t be afraid to fail
In fact, expect that you will fail–over and over again. As people this is the only way to learn and get better. Just think if we all gave up riding the bicycle because we fell off a couple times.
If you can’t do a move, modify it so you can have some success. Get on your knees to do push ups, use a chair to help you do pull ups–the more you try the better you will get.
The beauty of Beachbody workouts is that you can fail in the privacy of your own home and the only person that will laugh, judge or criticize is–YOU!
Isn’t that a great feeling? Pick yourself up, keep pushing play and magical things will happen to you.
4) Set realistic goals and milestones
Many of us quit things because we’ve set ourselves up for failure before we even start. If you haven’t exercised in years, don’t expect to be able to knock out 50 push ups and 20 pull ups.
You won’t all of a sudden drop 25 lbs in your first week of your challenge or workouts. This isn’t the Biggest Loser and the results they have are not normal and very unrealistic.
Step out of the moment and think long term (60-90 days) — make daily goals, weekly goals and monthly goals that are out of your comfort zone, but also achievable.
Remember: You will be sore. You will hurt in places you didn’t know existed. Tracking your calories will be difficult. Pushing play every day will be a hurdle. Do your best, follow your program and nutrition and the results will follow.
Stay plugged into the Team Pure Athlete group on Facebook for support and to interact with like minded people that are having the same struggles as you, have the same questions as you and need the same type of motivation as you do.
Comment below and share some of your goals to stay motivated.