But how do you stay motivated?
How do you make it to the gym every day?
Questions like these are so frequently asked to me by people who are just starting out or failing to stay on track with their workouts.
I’ll reveal what the big secret to staying motivated all the time is.
THERE IS NO SECRET. YOU CANNOT BE MOTIVATED ALL THE TIME.
Motivation is a myth!
Truth is it’s not motivation that keeps you going. Motivation is a great tool in the beginning. It works for a bit but wears off quickly. The real “secret” behind being consistent and keeping up a healthy lifestyle is actually HABIT. In order to succeed (in pretty much anything) one has to create the habit needed to keep doing what gets them from point A to point B. It’s about momentum. There is no magic solution. Once you get going, it’s easier to keep going.
Newton’s first law of motion states that: A BODY IN MOTION STAYS IN MOTION
In the beginning of my fitness journey, December 2014/January 2015, I had to force myself to go to the gym. I had just paid for the gym membership. I had also hired a trainer I saw once a week – couldn’t afford to pay more than that – and the fact that I had already invested money I wasn’t swimming in at the time, was motivation enough to get me through the doors and into the weight room. Did I want to be there and work out 5 days a week? NOPE. But did I do it anyway? Yes. And the first 30-45 days were hard but once I got into that momentum, it was easy to keep going and it started feeling like less of a chore and more “my enjoyable alone time that has me smiling ear to ear at the end”. I pushed through until the habit was created.
Now it’s like brushing my teeth – simply part of my day.
Here are some tips on how to get into the habit of working out X days/week (X is an arbitrary number of your choice that fits into your schedule and fitness goals).
- pick a designated time that works for you
- set a reminder
- create a routine
- reward yourself/celebrate
You have to be willing to push yourself just until the habit is formed. If you stick with it long enough, you’ll wake up one day and realize you no longer dread getting ready – you get excited.