How to Keep Your Summer Fitness Motivation Strong
Any fitness plan is subject to a loss of motivation – even during the wonders of summertime. It happens because it’s easier to fall back into old habits than it is to maintain new ways of eating or working out.
People fall off the fitness wagon because it takes effort and determination to hang on and letting go doesn’t take either.
The shiny newness of a fitness plan can wear off when you’re surrounded by long days where you don’t want to do anything but just sip a fruity drink and soak up the sun’s rays by the pool.
When your enthusiasm drops, you have to find a way to make sure that you don’t lose your motivation. What you can do is find your inspiration. For some people, this is a person.
You’ve seen someone else follow a fitness plan and they’ve changed their life. Maybe they came back after the summer and you noticed how much healthier and fitter they looked.
You want that for your life, too. You can hold on to that as your motivation. But you can also find an image of what you’d like your body to look like and you can tape that image up where you see it.
This can help work as a prodding tool to keep you going when it’d be so much easier just to lounge by the pool and chat with friends. You can have your fitness goals that are within reach, but you have to hold onto your motivation in order to get there.
“What some people do is they practice a “where I am” as opposed to “where I want to be” exercise.
They write out a chart on a calendar featuring their starting weight and some people use images of themselves as they currently look.
They divide the number of weeks they think it will take them to reach their desired weight or their body building goal. Each of the weekly blocks between the start and the finish should be filled with things that motivate you.
Like on Mondays, you’re going to get up early enough to go running at the beach so that you can watch the sunrise.
You’re going to take a photo of that sunrise and put it up on your calendar as a visual reminder that you got up and you ran and you got to enjoy the start of the day.
After a couple of weeks, you would take another photo of yourself that shows you’ve made some progress. Maybe that progress is the loss of a few pounds. Maybe it’s inches lost or maybe it’s that your body looks more toned now.
These are things that you can see that help you to want to keep on going. Another way to keep your motivation strong during the summertime fitness plan is to make sure that you don’t set goals that are too broad.
You need to define exactly what it is that you’re hoping to accomplish.
Saying that you want to lose some weight isn’t targeted enough. Instead, you can set your goal for something like you want to lose ten pounds.
That’s a goal that’s concrete. You also want to make sure that you don’t set yourself up for failure. This is what can happen when you make your goals so unobtainable that there’s no way you can reach them.
An example of this would be something like you want to lose fifty pounds in a month. Not only would a goal like that be difficult to reach, but it wouldn’t be healthy to attempt, either.
You want to make sure that all the goals in your fitness plan are small ones that you know you can reach as long as you keep your determination strong.
Setting small goals that you can reach will help keep you from getting discouraged and wanting to quit.
Create a series of small goals that feed into your large goals. These can be simple steps such as planning to work out three times a week rather than setting the goal of working out seven days a week.
When you set your goals too high or make them too strenuous, you’re going to eventually cave and give up on your fitness plan. Instead, create an achievable plan by stating what you want and what’s it going to realistically take to get there.
Set a schedule of where and when you’re going to work out. Plan what type of exercises you’re going to do for how long. Once you do that, you can then work that plan and each week, you try adding just a little bit more to it.
Leveling up will work to keep your motivation strong. You’ll be able to see how much more you can do now than when you first started. With everything that you do with a fitness plan, you need a why in your mind.
That means in addition to your exercise goals and your weight goals, have your accomplishment goals firmly set so that they answer the question of why you’re doing what you are.
“You can find the answer to your why by filling in the blank in the statement of, “I want to get fit because____.” That answer is your ultimate motivation.
Some people answer that with the reason that they’re tired of being out of shape, or because they want to lose weight or because they want to be healthier or able to do more with their kids or to feel happier when they look in the mirror.
Find your why and you can find a motivation that will keep you going.
Make sure you don’t punish yourself when you mess up. When you blow off working out or when you eat things you know aren’t healthy, just accept it and move on.
Reward yourself with non food items or experiences when you achieve your small steps or goals but don’t berate yourself. Some people reward themselves after a workout.
This gives them something to look forward to every time they exercise.
Don’t put yourself down with negative self talk and never use exercise as a form or disciplining yourself because it causes your brain to link exercise and fitness as being something of a punishment for when you aren’t “deserving” and you don’t want that.
It’s easier to keep your motivation up when you have a fitness partner. This can be a friend or a family member. When you have someone there with you along the journey, it just makes it easier to keep going.
Most people don’t mind not keeping a fitness date with themselves – but they mind letting someone else down. When two people are working toward a common goal, they motivate each other.
Keep your motivation up by making sure that your fitness routine is new and exciting for you. You can do this by taking a fun class during the summer that you may not have had time to try during the rest of the year.
There are fun dance classes or things like group swimming or group water exercises. Being around several others who also want to be fit can keep your motivation charged up.
Make sure that you don’t look at your fitness plan as something that you have to do. When you have to do something, it can easily become the least thing in the world that you want to do.
Have the mindset that it’s something that you get to do. Approach your fitness plan with a positive attitude and that will help to keep your motivation level up.
You can also keep your motivation up by joining in group challenges.
You can find weight loss or fitness challenges that you can join in your area or maybe even through your place of employment.
Some employers have a summer challenge or a wellness program for people who want to lose weight or get fit.
You often find that a challenge like this keeps your motivation high.