What is motivation?
Whether you have lost the will to lose weight, or you're just exhausted and miserable by the time you get home from work, we have all muttered the phrase, "I'm just not motivated". Congratulations, you're a human being! For us to overcome this barrier, we need to first answer the question - what exactly IS motivation? Motivation refers to "factors that activate, direct, and sustain goal-directed behaviour. Motives are the why's of behaviour, the needs or wants that drive behaviour and explain what we do. We don't actually observe a motive; rather, we infer that one exists based on the behaviour we observe" (Nevid, 2013).
Motivation and exercise
Here are 3 SIMPLE steps to help you stay motivated throughout your fitness journey:
Find the type of training that you enjoy. Don't let my social media platforms fool you - picking up heavy weights off the floor isn't the only way to train, it's just the type of training that I personally have fallen in love with. I have found something that I enjoy. In order for you to find something that YOU really enjoy, you have to be willing to try different things. Some examples of different kinds of weight training are: bodybuilding, circuit training, kettle-bell training, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, Crossfit, just to name a few. Try any or all of these until you find something that you enjoy. I promise you - when you love, or at least like your training sessions, motivational barriers will decrease.
Set goals and have a vision. Every successful person on this planet has one thing in common - they all have a clear vision and set individual goals. Setting goals for yourself is the most effective way of staying motivated. Your goals shouldn't be something unattainable, either. Simply write down something that gives you excitement and start pursuing it!
Strategize. Benjamin Franklin once said," If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!". I know from experience, that this quote couldn't be more accurate. So now that you've found the type of training that you enjoy, you've written down your visions and goals, it's time to make a plan. Each and every day you need to develop a clear, logical, and achievable action plan. Sometimes, it's as simple as leaving your gym bag at the front door every night to remind yourself that you have to attend your training session, or it can be leaving yourself a few hours on a Sunday to prep your meals for the week (stay tuned! That will be addressed in the near future). Whatever your plan may be, ensure you give yourself time to strategize ways to ensure your own success.