Global Athletics Director of F45, Scott Thomson shares a few tips on how to find motivation and workout for your fitness journey.
Restrictions associated with the pandemic can make a workout both lonely and demotivating. A recent news article points out that nearly 30 percent of respondents to an IPSOS survey experienced an average increase of around 5kg during the pandemic. Even children are not spared as “…public hospitals are reporting a rise in pandemic weight gain for children.” If the children are gaining weight, and leading a somewhat unhealthy lifestyle due to a reduction in physical activity, it’s highlight likely their parents and companions are probably gaining similar weight too.
Given recent guidelines about being more careful and not increasing one’s risk to the virus, it can seem like a chore to head outdoors and workout. However, from choosing a healthy diet, to paying attention to mental wellness and to keeping physically fit and maintaining good heart health, it would be wise to pay attention to the evidence that a healthy lifestyle can benefit you, long after the pandemic becomes a distant memory.
F45’s Scott Thomson shares some motivation tips.
Create rationale and purpose
In order to make a habit stick, you need to understand the purpose behind doing it. Figure out your “why” and write it down – remind yourself how becoming more physically active can help other aspects of your life as well. When you begin training, ask questions to gain clarity around what exactly it is that you will be working through during a training session. This educational component or sense of learning to gain clarity creates a sense of perceived control, which drives confidence, empowerment, and autonomy.
Remove obstacles and prepare ahead of time
Make things easier for yourself by removing any hurdles that may be in the way of you and your next workout. Go ahead and lay out your gym clothes the night before, fill up your bottle, pack yourself some post-workout snacks. Ridding of these trivial tasks may help reduce your chances of making last-minute ditches.
Workout in the Morning
It’s easy to get bogged down with work or plans with friends in the evening. Having your workouts at night may lead to you just forgoing it after a long day of work (which could leave you feeling guilty). By prioritising working out first thing in the morning, you have less chance of creating excuses during the day and putting it off. It can also set the tone for the day ahead and put you in a positive mood.
Creating a routine can be tough or daunting at times, but in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle it is important to keep consistent with your workouts and healthy choices. You may not be motivated everyday but staying disciplined can help you achieve your goals one step at a time. It only takes 21 days to form a habit. Stick with it for at least three weeks and you’ll find that showing up gets easier with time.
Allow Yourself the Ability to Modify
Scaling exercises to optimise technique and intensity is a crucial part of functional, smart training. Not only does this put us in a position of control to boost autonomy, but it also keeps us mentally engaged and intrinsically focused to master technique before progression. It is also perfectly fine to do a regressed version of a workout before working your way up. We all start somewhere when it comes to fitness and the only way to move forward is to keep moving.
Get Yourself a Workout Buddy
A friend can help motivate you to achieve your fitness goals and empower you to try new workouts together. Fostering positive social relationships from those who are supportive and encouraging of our intrinsic goals not only helps to keep us accountable, but creates a sense of camaraderie to drive confidence and mental willpower to persevere.
Another way to ensure you stay committed is to book-in to a class or studio session on the regular — extrinsic motivation can be an incredibly useful kickstarter at times. If you don’t have access to an external fitness class, make yourself an appointment to workout or be active for a specific time of the day. You don’t skip an appointment at the doctor’s so why would you skip an appointment to work on your own health?
Try something different
You may lose inspiration doing the same type of training over and over, mixing up training styles can be a refreshing way to re-invigorate your interest and motivation to keep active. Ask around to see if you have any friends who are doing something different and offer to join them. You never know, you may find a new passion or community on your fitness journey!