Your training schedule doesn’t only present challenges on a physical level. Very often we find ourselves lacking motivation to even start a workout. But when you start exercising, you also begin a journey of physical and mental health that helps you through even the most challenging days.
Get 5 tips for More Fitness Motivation:
1. Find the Right Training Plan
When you look at your training plan, do you feel like you’ll never be able to do it? Try to focus on the first few days of your plan and take it bit by bit. This way, you won’t be immediately put off by the training sessions waiting for you later on.
The stronger you get, the easier the workouts will be. Change takes time — be patient!
Be honest with yourself
Find a training plan that suits you; don’t pick a plan you wish you could follow. Your plan has to match your fitness level so you can pursue a goal that you can actually reach. Realistically estimating your fitness level might make your goal seem farther away, but it will have a positive influence on your progress and prevent you from getting discouraged. Take the quiz to find out which training plan is perfect for you.
2. Define Your Goal
One thing is clear: you need a goal.
Goals motivate you to keep at it and stay focused, no matter whether you want to do one full push-up or run a marathon. Personal goals might also be to improve your general fitness or to look good for your next beach holiday.
Let your head do the work
Before you begin your workout, start thinking about how you’re going to feel afterwards: you have pushed yourself and strengthened your body. Be proud! And on top of that, you successfully completed another training session! New training incentives energize you. If you keep pursuing your goal, you’ll see results much quicker.
3. Spice up Your Training
Sometimes you might just be bored with your workouts. New incentives and challenges can motivate you to start working out again while also making it more fun. Try combining your workout with a run or a bike ride in the mountains. Swapping your usual training venue for something new can spice things up a little. You can plan a bodyweight training session at home in the living room, on a balcony, or in the sunny backyard. Wherever you are — let the world be your gym! Try it!
If you’re focusing on cardio and you enjoy running, try mixing up your running speeds in a Fartlek. Or choose a different route. A new area will take your mind off the running and you’ll learn more about your neighborhood. Your run might also just be a warm-up for your actual workout. That way, you’re already wearing the right outfit.
If it’s not possible to go running or to the gym with friends right now, make a date for bodyweight training together in a video chat or join an online yoga class. You’re less likely to cancel if you’ve scheduled it in your calendar. This helps you maintain your fitness motivation.
4. Be Wild and try Different Exercises
Sometimes an exercise might pop up in your training plan that doesn’t feel so great for your body at the moment. Choose a different exercise that you can complete without a struggle. Ideally it should work the same muscle groups, because the order and content of a training plan has a concept behind it. For example, you can exchange High Knees for an easy run on the beach, do push-ups against the wall or on your knees. How-to videos in the adidas Training app will tell you which exercises are good for which muscles.
Every day is different and so is every workout. Choosing an easier version of an exercise demonstrates personal strength — and that you are not a quitter. Allow yourself to choose the easier path once in a while.
5. Don’t let Breaks Get you Down
You had to take a break for a while and you’re ready to continue your fitness program? Don’t start right where you left off. Give your body some time to catch up to the level you were at before the break. Start at an easier point in the training plan and work your way up again. Remember: long-term success doesn’t happen overnight.
Check the facts: Reasons for breaks
There can be a number of reasons to take a break in training. The most common are scheduling and health issues. One reason we often forget is overtraining, caused by being overly ambitious. It’s not good for your body and impedes your success. Your muscles need time to recover so they can grow and benefit from the strain of working out. Listen to your body!
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