Motivation is defined as the energizer of behaviour and mother of all action. It results from the interactions among conscious and unconscious factors such as the 1) intensity of desire or need, 2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and 3) expectations fo the individual and of his/her significant others. (Ref: Business Dictinary)
What motivates you to go to the gym and push yourself to the limits? Is it the camaraderie you have developed at the gym, or is it that new outfit you purchased that you want to fit into, or is it the fact that you really want to be as healthy as youcan be? Often times it takes a lot for someone to start going to the gym and incorporating healthy activities in their daily lives. You feel intimidated, out of place, or embarrassed your first time at the gym. As a trainer it is my job help you feel more comfortable and empowered to continue on in your journey to health and fitness. You have made that first step by coming to the gym and working with a trainer, but now it is up to us to help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
Staying motivated can be a challenge at times, especially when you are not seeing results as quickly as you would like. Here are a couple of tips to helping you find the motivation you need to achieve your goals. First thing you want to do is to set a realistic goal you are able to achieve. It could be as simple as losing 10 lbs or just hiking the Grouse Grind. Along the way the goals may change, but that is an opportunity for you to grow and improve. The second thing you want to do is to find a training partner/buddy. Tell them what your goal is and when you are hoping to achieve this by. Your training partner is important for many reasons. They are there to encourage you, push you or tell you to slow down when needed, and most of all they are going to keep you acountable to reach your goal. Having a training partner is important especially on those days when you do not want to go to the gym. It’s difficult to cancel on someone when you know how disappointed they’re going to be if you don’t show up.
Once you have set a plan in motion and you begin to see results, it is pretty hard to stop working on it. There’s nothing more satisfying than working for months on developing your legs or trying to lose the weight around your midsection, and passing by the mirror one day to notice the leg muscles you have never seen before or that the muffin top you once had is no longer there. For me, when I begin to make progress and see results, it just pushes me even more. Don’t wait until New Years to begin, start the journey today.