I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
M is for Motivation.
No one in the world is 100% motivated all the time. What separates those seemingly successful people from others though, is CONSISTANCY and ROUTINE.
No one is born with the will to brush their teeth twice a day, but we do it because it’s engrained in our daily routine and we know the long term benefits outweigh the short term mundane 5mins (same with walking a dog multiple times a day! And he’s not even my dog full time haha.) The same can be said of fitness – if you create a habit of going to the gym/attending classes X amount of times per week, then you’re more likely to go even if you don’t particularly want to one day.
What about other motivation to keep striving towards a specific goal? In 2018 we’re still obsessed with body image and feeling like we have to look a certain way. In London especially, there are lots of incredible Instagrammers and Bloggers doing their best to boost body positivity; trying to help men and women think about health rather than aesthetics, and encouraging us to move more for ourselves and not because we feel we “have to” to lose weight etc. And I fully agree with all of those messages. However day to day I still encourage clients to use progress photos as a means of motivational progress – it’s all too easy to get obsessed with the scale, and sometimes there’s nothing better than having physical proof in front of your eyes that you’re moving closer to your aesthetic goals.
If you’re struggling with exercise motivation, either try something completely different (get a PT and learn some new skills!) or create more specific goals to keep you on track.