It’s January, and as much as we love to slate the ‘new year, new me’ tribe, deep down we’re all secretly feeling a little more motivated to become a better version of ourselves – especially in terms of health and fitness resolutions. But what makes the difference between a ‘new year, new me’ fad that doesn’t see the light past the 31st of Jan, and a turning point where a life changing decision is made. Well it all comes down to our personal persistence and commitment and whilst only you are in control of that, I can share my tips that help keep me motivated – and that can hopefully help you too.
- Find Your (Gym) Lobster
If you’re not a friends fan, (are you okay?), you’re probably wondering what TF i’m talking about. Your lobster is your perfect match and finding your ‘gym lobster’ is the start of a lifelong romance. There is so much more to fitness than a treadmill and a shit tonne of sit ups. If you find the style of exercise inspires you, it won’t be a chore and so it’s much more likely to have staying power! This could be anything from gym based exercise like powerlifting, to something completely non-gym based like rock climbing or pole dancing (if you’re kinky like that)
2. Befriend Likeminded People
We all pick up habits from our besties, but as well as picking up their weird AF catch phrases, a friend’s motivation for fitness can definitely rub off on you. If your current friendship circle isn’t feeling it, you can easily meet people with similar interests at fitness classes! Having a support network around you is important, and if you’re not feeling it one day, these people will be there to keep you motivated – and vice versa!
3. Hire a Trainer
If I didn’t 100% believe in the benefits of personal trainers, I wouldn’t be one! Having paid for sessions with a trainer is one sure fire way to make you sure you don’t drop out on your new years resolution. No one likes to waste money! But above that, a good trainer should be able to programme exciting sessions tailored to you, that keep you interested and hopefully, even inspire a passion for fitness within you! If regular personal training isn’t feasible for you, even investing in 1 or 2 one-off sessions, or a programme to follow, can change your perception of fitness and give you new, exciting ways to train.
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