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Ways to Stay Motivated

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Losing weight and getting in shape can some times lead you to lose interest especially if you’re grinding out the same routines over and over. If you are struggling, check out these reasons to keep at it:

  1. OLD PICTURES

    Whip out the old photo album and glaze over at your old self. Utilize the power of pictures to re-visit why you originally started to workout.

  2. REALITY CHECK

    There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Working out, losing weight, and starting a healthier nutrition plan aren’t glamorous activities. Don’t expect something to magically happen. What you will discover is a better understanding of how your body works. You will even find that you lose a little, gain a little, and repeat this process over and over again. The goal: feel great about the way you look.

  3. MAKE A FRIENDLY BET

    Take a challenge with your friend or nemesis. First one to lose 15 lbs, run a 7 minute mile, or bench press 250 wins. Either way, find a way to motivate yourself towards a challenge.

  4. THINK ABOUT FAT

    Your body is doing two things simultaneously; storing fat and burning fat. But it’s always doing one faster than the other. Understanding that your getting fatter or leaner at any one time will keep you focused and on track.

  5. DAILY MIRROR CHECK

    The mirror is a double-edged sword. If your losing weight, getting leaner, seeing definition in areas you haven’t in years – there’s a sense of pride about your hard work. However, if you’re gaining weight, growing a second chin, or bulging over your underwear, that too can be a motivator to get back to the right frame of mind.

  6. REWARD YOURSELF

    Everyone’s entitled to a little fun. After all, work hard, play hard. Set an achievable goal, when you meet that goal reward yourself with new workout gear, new mp3 player for your workouts, or new running shoes for that 10k marathon your training for.

  7. LOSE THE EXCUSES

    Don’t sell yourself short. Motivational triggers can differ from day-to-day. Sift through inspirational things to get you out the door!

  8. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

    What get’s measured, get’s done. If you aren’t measuring/tracking your results, it’s difficult to see how long or how much progress you’ve gained. Tracking your progress on a calendar is easy and you can even tally your accomplishments along the way.

  9. REALIZE THE CONSEQUENCES

    Driving while intoxicated can bring serious consequences. We’re not telling you to lock yourself up in your room and throw the key away, but we are telling you to have consequences for skipping out on your workouts or cheating on your diet plan.

  10. BURN A WORKOUT CD OR MP3 LIST

    Studies have shown that people pedaling stationary cycles while jamming out to their favorite tunes will do so longer and more intensely than those who do it without music. How cool is that?

  11. BUY 6 MONTHS WORTH OF SUPPLEMENTS

    Don’t waste your money. Taking supplements will you achieve better results, you’ll be more inclined to stay on course to reap the full benefits and avoid wasting money. Bone up on 6 months worth of weight loss supplements.

  12. BLACKMAIL YOURSELF

    Always save the best for last. Take a picture of yourself shirtless (or skirtless), holding a sign that shows your email address. Then email it to a trusted but sadistic friend, with the following instructions: “If i don’t send you a new picture that shows serious improvement in 12 weeks, post this photo in an email and send it to…” – include as many email addresses as possible. It’s awful, but extremely effective.

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