We want to give you some of the top advice to help keep you motivated not to give up working out. And to always train with all your energy! You can accomplish your objectives.
At the beginning of the year, and before the start of summer, we all tend to make plans, some more elaborate than others. But in nearly every plan there’s the goal of getting in shape, whether that be by signing up to a gym or through training at home.
We might go as far as paying for a gym subscription, or even make room in our diary for a daily routine for home workout exercises through tutorials…
Could we be self-sabotaging it?
Set a bunch of goals: lose weight, tone, sculpt, reduce cellulite, amongst others…
When stating to work out, it’s a great strategy to have clear goals, avoiding any unrealistic ideas. When you begin working out, its important to recognise your strong points and your weak points.
In general, in the short or medium term, the enemy to be defeated is laziness and/or lack of motivation.
Principal reasons for giving up working out
Setting goals that are too high and unrealistic
And which end up just making us think about giving up working out…
It’ll mean that we have no desire to follow the routine and work to the rhythm kept up so far.
Lack of self-confidence
If you have serious lack of self-confidence, you’ll undoutedly think about giving up…
Self-confidence, in this context, is about believing we’re capable of success when working out.
Fear of failure
Many people decide to give up working out so they don’t have to go through the unpleasant experience of not achieving the proposed goal…
Lack of planning
Workouts should always be directed by a professional or adapted to your abilities, limitations and goals.
Lack of understanding: a very common mistake is to arrive at the gym and do what we see the next person over is doing, a friend, what we’ve seen on the Internet, or what the monitor tells us to do, the same as everyone else.
How to find the motivation to work out
What can distinguish the people who achieve their goals from others is their conviction that they can achieve whatever they set out to do.
These people are consistent, persevering, with what is called willpower, and they’re clear on the fact that carrying out their workouts daily and overcoming the struggle is the key to success in everything we set out to do.
It’s difficult to explain, they themselves know they are capable of looking for and finding that motivation every day: keeping their goals in sight.
And as they achieve their goals, this motivation becomes even greater, it is self-feeding!
How to avoid giving up working out?
Set realistic objectives
First of all, your should be sure of the goals you’re setting (physical, mental, social, performance, amongst others).
You must be consistent with what you want to achieve, and not wander off into those things you dream about but may be impossible or that in reality you’re not ready to do.
Set objectives you know you’ll be able to achieve
Really get to know yourself
It’s important to really evaluate yourself, looking at your experience working out up to now.
It may mean having to give up some other things. For example, if you want to lose weight, you can’t afford to eat out on anything every day.
Achieving anything requires effort
In terms of your daily planning, you should order your priorities.
Establish what’s more important for your: your family, friends or training; and give each its required time. Adjust your aspirations and goals.
Family, work and friends are not incompatible with going to the gym and having a healthy routine, but dedicating the right amount of time to each requires good organisation.
You need to be honest with yourself. If you feel motivated and capable of working out, which is a very big effort both physically and psychologically, or you’re not ready.
If you’re not fully committed and not in a position to perform your exercises, it’s best to be honest with yourself.
At this point, and after analysing everything, you need to establish what your strengths and weaknesses are. What’s your ready to do, or not.
After taking into consideration all of the above, you then need to get serious, hire a professional, agree on the work plan and get going! When we respect our rest, food and work schedules, we improve our physical and emotional ability.
For you to achieve real success, you need to be able to establish the days that you can do the workouts, and that the exercises that you are going to carry out and the time stipulated for each one of them is adequate to your reality.
It is essential that the exercises are adapted to your own path, the development you have accomplished before, and you’re current personal circumstances.
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