Half of 2016 has already passed, and many people have already given up their New Year’s fitness resolution due to lack of motivation. Sure, the level of motivation may vary, but that’s no reason to quit entirely. And it’s even harder to keep yourself on your fitness plan if you’re travelling! If you are on the brink of giving up, read up on these 10 extremely helpful ways on how you can stay motivated.
1. Track your progress: One of the best means to commit to regular exercise is to track your efforts what would show the results of your progress. If your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or anything else, keep clicking pictures each month and compare them every 3-6 months. Seeing even minor physical transformation can help boost motivation.
2. Choose a fun activity: If you do not like what you’re doing to stay healthy, then the chances are that you’ll regularly face a lack of motivation and eventually end up quitting your program. Go jogging, lift weights, take dancing classes, practice running and do anything that your heart wants to stay better focused on yours. Remember it is the movement that matters, a bit of soccer with your kids is just as good as a run!
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3. Meet like-minded people: One of the best ways to stay motivated is to interact with other individuals who share your goals. Having a gym buddy, a “running mate”, or a swimming partner can be beneficial because you can motivate each other to push forward and do better.
4. Set realistic goals: If you plan on getting a ripped physique in six months or hope to lose 70 lbs just by going on a vegan diet, stop right there! It is important that you set a realistic goal that will allow you the time to work entirely on your plan without setting yourself up for one disappointment after another.
5. Change up the routine: No matter what you do, there will be a time when you encounter a plateau that just doesn’t seem to go away. This is where you must actively change the routine by introducing new exercises or another form of physical activity to break the no progress barrier. Try a new sort of exercise at random. This should be easy on the road, even something like doing chin ups on the bottom of your backpacker bunk bed can help.
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6. Fix your mistakes: If you aren’t getting any results despite consistent efforts, the chances are that something is going horribly wrong. While it may be difficult for you to seek expert advice personally, doing a bit of research online may reveal what is lacking in your exercise regime.
7. Visualize a better YOU: It doesn’t matter if you are overweight or skinny; merely picturing a better future version of yourself can help you to get through those days when you feel nothing but give up. Making excuses to not go to the gym? Stand in front of the mirror and talk yourself out of it!
8. Don’t cheat on the diet: Just exercising is never enough, you have to follow it up with a healthy meal plan that gives you all the essential nutrients minus the excess carbs and fat. By eating healthy, not only will you see results faster but also feel better throughout the day. The best way is to call them planned breaks, plan the start and the finish. Then a ‘cheat’ becomes controllable, and a little break can do wonders for your motivation. Though this is hard to stick to while travelling, everywhere you eat will have a healthy option, even if it isn’t the tastiest.
9. Take proper rest: One of the core essentials of healthy living involves taking ample rest to let your body recover from the damages. Avoid taking your smartphone to bed and other possible distractions and aim to get at least 6 to 8 hours of good sleep. If you can’t get it all in one night, and that is bound to happen as you flit from place to place, take any opportunity you can to grab a nap.
10. Be consistent: Last but not the least, be consistent with your efforts and don’t let distractions get in the way of your goals. Consistency is the key to success, and it’s going to take you places that many others dare to dream.