Find Your Why

Wednesday Wisdom

“Find your why then use it to channel your motivation,” With all the new year celebrations now finished, it’s time to get back on track and re-focus on those new years resolutions we promised ourselves. For many that will probably involve giving up a favourite treat or finally signing up to a gym. Whether you’ve already made a health and fitness related resolution or not, I’m going to explain the importance of finding your why to ensure you make 2019 your year!

Find Your Motivation!

Whether you’re a seasoned fitness enthusiast or you’re just starting out, the best way to maintain or find your motivation for keeping fit is to think about why you started or want to start in the first place. What is the main factor that made you take the plunge into fitness? Maybe you weren’t happy with how you looked? You might have wanted to be stronger? Or you may have just wanted to improve your overall health and fitness?

Whatever the reason, you must find your why to remind yourself on the reasons you started! Here are 5 ideas below to help you find your inner motivation:

1. Find A Role Model

Use somebody else as your motivation that has already achieved what you are wanting to become e.g If I wanted to get into bodybuilding and maybe step on stage one day…I’d look up to current successful bodybuilders to see what their habits and rituals looked like. I’d follow them on social media so I could see what their daily routines were and maybe look at implementing some of those into my own daily routines, habits and rituals. Find someone who has what you want!

2. Set Some Goals

Start by choosing 3-5 goals you wish to achieve to help keep you on track and progressing on your fitness journey. You may want to lose a stone in weight? Deadlift a 100kg? Be able to run for 10 minutes without stopping? Commit to getting to the gym 3 days a week? Whatever goals you choose…prioritize them, track them and most importantly smash the hell out of them!

3. Find Support From Friends & Family

Let your family and social circle know about your plans to get fit so that they understand as well as support your journey. Not only will they keep you accountable when they catch you trying to raid the fridge for a midnight snack….(we’ve all been there)….but you might actually become their role model for them to start getting fit too!

4. Make It Fun

Fitness should be fun and not seen as a punishment or chore. If you do not enjoy doing something then you’re not going to stick to it. So if you find yourself slogging away at the treadmill whilst hating every second of it, look at changing your workout routine – maybe try some new exercises? The same as if you find yourself retching every time you eat kale, but you’ve read somewhere it’s Gods own super vegetable packed with all sorts of goodness…put the damn kale down and find a vegetable you’re actually going to look forward to eating!

5. Reward Yourself

Probably one of the most important factors that most people forget. We’re so quick to beat ourselves up for that one bad meal we may have had or for that one workout which didn’t happen, that we forget to look at everything else that has gone well or that we’ve already achieved. However, only reward yourself if you’ve earned it… don’t be having a weekend ‘cheat meal’ if you’ve spent the entire week cheating on your diet!

Find your why, follow these 5 steps and hit the ground running into 2019!

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