When Your Get Up And Go Has Got Up And Went
| Fighting Fit |
Dundalk Personal Training Studio
Motivation is a key factor when it comes to getting fit.
When you first start you will have great intentions and your goals freshly drawn up. You're enthusiastic about going to the gym, you’ve cut out all processed carbohydrates as well as giving up cigarettes and alcohol and you're feeling great!
With each new client who joins us at Fighting Fit we see the same pattern. Week 1 - 3 are full of enthusiasm and excitement and by week 4 the get up and go has got up and went and the real work and will power are put to the test!
Maybe you’ve experienced this before and maybe this is you right now.
No matter who you are or how hard you try, often your motivation will eventually fade. Whether it fades in a week, two weeks, a month or even two months is irrelevant, the struggle to light the fire under your ass again remains the same.
Motivation is like a battery and every so often it needs a good charge.
There are many ways to recharge your initial enthusiasm and drive.
One of the best ways to recharge that motivation is progress but more so; actually hitting the goals you have set out to achieve.
People lose motivation when they set a goal that will take too long to achieve and in the process, they get fatigued, they become unmotivated and stagnant about their goals.
A good idea is to break your big goal down into small bite size pieces. Using the S.M.A.R.T. Method can be very useful. SMART GOAL SETTING stands for
For example, if you want to run a sub 30 minute 5k, break the process into the steps and then take it step by step. This way, instead of focusing on something far away and getting impatient, you can smash through small goals keeping your fire burning for longer.
Another common mistake that people make is biting off more than they can chew. The road to hell was paved with good intention. If you want to become strong and cardiovascularly fit but you know that you’ve never step foot in a gym, it would not be a good idea to commit to 6x 1 hour long gym sessions in a week! This will simply be too much change in a very short space of time and it's not sustainable. A better idea would to be try and go 2-3 times per week and build yourself up from there.
Rome was not built in a day.
Enjoy the process and results will follow.