It can be difficult enough to motivate yourself to exercise even at the best of times. Throw in a national lockdown where the emphasis has very much been on staying home and not getting out and about, then you can understand why some people are struggling to get too excited about the idea of pounding the pavement for miles on end or turning their legs to jelly with squats.
Here at our Essex boot camp, we understand that, we don’t pretend that we’re always up for the workouts because we’d be lying if we said we were! Even the most committed of personal trainers have days where they’d rather stay in bed! That’s why we’ve put together some handy motivational tips for you to help get you out there and exercising even on the most difficult of days. Whilst you're here, we're even offering you a free downloadable fitness guide as well as a whole week of free training sessions! Click here to make the most of this offer!
If you’ve not gone on a run in years, then you’re probably not going to be whack out a quick sub-three-hour full marathon. If you push yourself too early on, then your chances of failing and becoming demotivated quickly increase. If you set yourself small but manageable targets on the other hand, your fitness journey becomes a series of little wins, and who doesn’t love a win?
There’s a reason why challenges like ‘Couch-to-5k’ have become so popular in recent years, and it’s because they work! Exercising little and often to start with is a much better way to make a habit of it in the long run. You can work your way to loftier fitness goals, but achieving them is – to use an appropriate phrase – a marathon and not a sprint!
If you only do one type of exercise, one workout or one routine, then it’s no surprise that you get bored of it within a few weeks. One of the best ways to keep exercise both interesting and motivating is to make it fun. How do you make something fun, generally? You regularly change things up.
Here at our Essex boot camp, for instance, we focus on functional fitness but we make sure we regularly change up our routines and sessions, so that even if you’ve been with us for months and months, you still get to frequently try something new with us.
Too many people in the exercise and fitness world put an emphasis solely on successes. The way they make it out to be is as though, were you to plot your fitness journey on a graph, it would be one smooth upwards curve. The problem with this, though, is that it fosters an all-or-nothing mentality; unless you’re constantly meeting those incremental progressions, then you’ve failed? That’s not a sustainable relationship to develop with your exercise and fitness. It removes the fun, it pressurises it and means you’re more likely to want to give up on your efforts, altogether.
Missing a workout shouldn’t be equated with the end of the world, because it’s not! If you miss a target, or slip up a little, then that’s ok! It’ll always be there tomorrow! There’s nothing wrong with having a disciplined attitude towards your exercise, but you don’t want it to become all-consuming, at least that’s what we think here at our Essex boot camp.
It’s easier to hold yourself accountable to your exercise goals if you’re going through them with other people. Whether you’re deciding to train with family, friends or even strangers at a group fitness class like ours; when you’ve committed to something that involves someone other than yourself, you’re far less likely to bail on it later on. It’s a handy little cheat to keep you on track with your goals, especially on those days where the bed really does seem like the better option than working up a sweat.
Not only does involving others improve accountability, it makes the exercise easier as well. In other words, they’re more likely to help motivate you through your workout. If you’re looking to complete a workout with nothing but a motivational playlist blaring in your ears, you might be tempted to call it quits early. If you’ve got someone cheering you on in the form of a personal trainer, on the other hand, you’ll be amazed at how you manage to just find that little bit of energy necessary to see you through until the end.
So, if you’d like to find out more about our Essex boot camp, then get in touch! Contact Elite Outdoor Fitness Academy today on 01702 232 470 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you click here, then you can even get a 7-day training pass absolutely free! We look forward to hearing from you!