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How to stay motivated and smash your fitness goals

By Fitness Team

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21 January 2021

Whether it’s to lose body fat, increase strength or simply walk more often, we all have fitness goals we want to achieve. Staying motivated can be a struggle but keeping up the momentum, even when you reach barriers, is the key to success.

How to stay motivated and smash your fitness goals

Whether it’s to lose body fat, increase strength or simply walk more often, we all have fitness goals we want to achieve. Staying motivated can be a struggle but keeping up the momentum, even when you reach barriers, is the key to success.

*Here’s some tips on how to stay focused and at the top of your game even when you don’t feel like you can … *

Firstly, set yourself realistic goals that also challenge your ability. The SMART acronym, developed by Professor Rubin from Saint Louis University, can be used to guide goal setting and reach fitness objectives. It’s handy for keeping you on track and accountable to what you set out to achieve. Try putting these five elements into action when you’re setting a fitness target.

*1. Specific. The goal should clearly describe what it is you want to achieve and why is that goal important. For example, instead of “get healthier”, think about getting stronger, losing body fat or exercising more often. 2. Measurable. It is important to quantify your progress by addressing how much or how many (e.g. how many pounds you want to lose or how often you want to go to the gym). This way you can track and assess your progress which helps to maintain motivation. *3. Achievable. Effective goal setting starts with smaller, closer to reach goals. Once you see early wins it will encourage long-term consistency. Losing 2 stone in 2 weeks just isn’t realistic and a goal like this could be discouraging as you won’t progress as fast as you’d like. 4. Relevant. The goal is individual to you and your circumstances – does the goal seem worthwhile and is it the right time? It is important to pinpoint why the goal is important to you, for example, wanting to lose weight before a big event. *5. Time-bound. You have a deadline to focus on and something to work towards. Having a time frame allows you to schedule in other commitments around working towards your goal (e.g. to lose 12 pounds in 6 weeks). *

Secondly, as you progress and your body adapts, it’s important to track the development to keep yourself motivated. Seeing changes in weight, tone or strength can be so encouraging as you continue to move forwards. According to a recent survey, 66% of people use their bathroom scales as a way to track fitness BUT there are many cons to this method. Although they’re cheap and easy, the scales do not differentiate between muscle or fat and usually have a large margin of error, giving you inaccurate information. Personally, I believe a more effective way of tracking progress is to ditch the numbers all together and take photos. For people who are more visual, seeing the slow and incremental process of fitness adaptations can be highly motivational; the photos act as visual confirmation that the hard work is paying off. Some tips for taking progress photos: – Take two: one from the front and one from the side – Wear the same underwear/bikini in the same place, in the same light and at the same time of day to make accurate comparisons

It’s also essential to be aware by writing your daily routine down. Scheduling the time to exercise keeps you accountable and is a great way to stay motivated. Starting your day with a healthy routine is so much more stimulating compared to sleeping in and feeling rushed to get out of the door – you’ll be stressed and demotivated. There are environmental, mental and social triggers that can get in the way for all of us, whether that’s picking up some fast food on the way home from a busy day at work because you’re too tired to cook, or even skipping your workout to meet up with friends on a sunny day. Pay attention to these triggers and write them down. When do you typically tend to go off track? Awareness of these barriers to exercise can help bring you back to goal mode.

But, above all, enjoy becoming the best version of you. Incorporate fun and variety into your workouts and enjoy challenging your body. Exercise should be exciting, not a chore, so why not book onto some of our live workouts where our instructors will have you pushing yourself to the max and feeling great.

*Motivation comes from you – be accountable to yourself, stay consistent, and the results will follow.

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