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10 Creative Ways to Find New Motivation for Your Fitness Goals

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10 Creative Ways to Find New Motivation for Your Fitness Goals

Raise your hand if you’re familiar with this cycle: it starts with feelings of frustration and defeat — you’re fed up with your current fitness routine (or lack of one) and vow to kick-start your new exercise schedule first thing Monday morning.

No more excuses; you want to see results and you’re feeling totally gung-ho about getting back to the gym and getting your goals back on track. Monday morning comes and you conquer a kick-butt workout — you’re feeling great and that high easily keeps you going through the rest of the week. But then, as time continues on, you feel that organic energystarting to fade. The motivation that helped you get started is fizzling out fast and you’re left wondering if you really have the willpower to keep up the commitment you were so enthusiastic about just a week or so ago. You wonder how to muster up the motivation you’ll need to finally reach your goal.

If you’ve been here before and you’re “raising your hand” right now, first you should know, you’re not alone. Everyone — even the most enthusiastic fitness fanatics — struggles to find motivation. But the people who can keep going when that initial drive eventually fades know that staying on track is about more than just motivation. They know that the ability to keep going has to come from a deeper place.

“For exercise to become part of your life, you need to find your ‘intrinsic motivation,’” says Lisa Hisscock, an ACE certified personal trainer and Interval Training Rx coach.

It might be something like, improving your overall mood,reducing your stress levels or setting an example for others; you can choose anything, just make sure it’s meaningful and important to you. Keep this “intrinsic” motivator at the forefront of your mind — write it down and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day. That’s the first and most important step you can take to make sure your willpower won’t wane.

But for those days when you’re feeling over-stressed, frustrated, down or just entirely unenergetic and you need that little extra “oomph” to get going, you can also use the following tips suggested by DW Fitness Clubs trainers Rebecca Payne, Hannah Oliver and Tom Hudson. Here they share a few fun and exciting ways to find new motivation for your fitness goals. 

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Think Positively

Focus on the benefits of weight loss and increased fitness rather than continually criticizing yourself, Payne suggests.  “Instead of telling yourself that you need to lose weight because you look bad, tell yourself that you are making a positive change because you deserve more. You deserve to feel great about how you look, and you deserve to have energy and an appetite for life,” she said.

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Always Be Prepared

You never know when you might have a spare moment to work out, which is why Oliver carries her gym kit with her everywhere. “Most of us find excuses to stay at home once we’ve finished work. Break that bad habit by taking your stuff with you and try going before or straight after work. You’ll eliminate the decision-making process where you may decide not to go and you’ll have more free time,” she explained.

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Monetize your Progress

For some, throwing a little bit of money into the mix can serve as a positive source of competition and motivation. DW Fitness Clubs recently teamed up with a program called DietBet — an online weight loss game that lets you bet against yourself to lose weight over a designated period of time — to host a series of games meant to encourage people all over the country to kick-start their fitness.  If you lose weight, then you win your money back, plus a share of the other players’ pot (the ones who didn’t meet their weight-loss target). But if you don’t drop the pounds, your original bet gets donated to the pot and you don’t win a penny.

“Humans are naturally competitive, so a game like DietBet is a brilliant way to motivate people," Hudson said. You might be tempted to skip a gym session, or eat something that you shouldn't, but the thought that you might lose money could prevent you from doing such things.” 

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Make It Fun

Exercise absolutely should not be boring. The more you enjoy an activity, the more likely you are to stick with it long-term. Choose activities you actually look forward to as opposed to workouts that feel more like a chore. “Recently there’s been a resurgence of playground-style fitness activities across the UK,” Payne said. “Games like British Bulldog and Flag Tag have been intensified and adapted to be more cardio-centric, allowing groups of people to have fun and get their daily fix of exercise.”

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Get New Gear

“Nobody wants to feel scruffy, even at the gym, so treat yourself to some new workout gear,” Oliver explained. “Make sure you have a few extra items, so you can’t use the excuse that your gym kit is in the wash.”

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Refresh Your Playlist

“We all know how important music is during a workout. If you always listen to the same playlist over and over again then it’s time to shake up your songs,” Hudson said. “Choose music with a fast tempo and inspirational lyrics.”

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Buddy-Up

Payne said she swears by her gym buddy. “Gym buddies are not just an urban myth, going to the gym with your friend can have a massive impact on your motivation,” she said. “They hold you accountable for missing workouts, provide you with a bit of healthy competition and encourage you to try new things.”

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Dress Up

“Sometimes you don’t realize how much weight you’ve lost,” Oliver explained. “Even when you see photos of yourself you might not believe there’s been much of a transformation. Keeping an item of clothing from before you started your weight loss journey is a great way to reaffirm your progress, there’s nothing more motivating than drowning in an item that used to cling to you.” 

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Embrace Group Workouts

Group exercise is exciting, dynamic and most importantly, fun,” Hudson said. “An hour-long Zumba class will fly by compared to an hour of running by yourself. Plus you get to socialize with other people.” 

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Look Up To a Role Model

“Is there anyone who really inspires you? They don’t have to be famous, it could be someone in your life that works really hard to achieve their goals,” Payne explained. “Let their success guide you.” 

10 Creative Ways to Find New Motivation for Your Fitness Goals