8 Tips to Help You Get the Motivation to Train!
1. You don’t have time to train? Take a walk during lunch break, do some push-ups, squats, and crunches while the kids are playing in the tub, jump rope or use your stationary bike while watching your favourite TV show, do lunges while talking on the phone… In short, use every opportunity to move! These small extras DO make a difference!
2. The only advice I will never stop giving because it works every time is: schedule your training sessions on your agenda and stick to it. It’s the best way to be diligent!
3. Find physical activitIES that you enjoy. Not only one! Because variety helps staying motivated, allow yourself to experiment with various exercises in order to discover the ones you enjoy the most.
4. Forget about guilt! Too often, we (especially women) feel bad about taking time for ourselves to exercise. Treating ourselves with this little moment enables us to take care of ourselves so that we can be more prepared to take care of others afterwards. Take advantage of your training sessions to think only about yourself… for once!
5. Get an assessment of your physical condition. The analysis and interpretation of the results of this test will tell you where you currently stand, and help you better determine your objectives (gaining or losing fat, muscle mass, or water). By repeating this test every 6 months (or more often), you can better evaluate your progression and adapt your training plan accordingly.
6. Whether we like it or not, a personal trainer does make a difference! His presence, as well as the appointments, advice, structured program, and diversified exercises are all undeniable advantages of consulting with a trainer. For better, faster results, a personal trainer must be part of your process.
7. Do not panic if you do not see results right away! It can take a few days to several weeks before you notice the benefits of exercising, depending on the frequency and intensity of your sessions. Be patient, and enjoy each little victory, such as having more energy, better sleep quality, better mood, pride, etc. Every day, notice one new benefit that you feel since you began to take charge of your life!
8. Go to bed early. Sleep deprivation and tiredness can influence negatively your motivation and desire to move. Also, quality sleep helps you recover properly from your training, which in turn improves your physical condition, and thus makes you reach your objectives.
By Karine Larose