So, the New Year’s coming and for it, you want to change your health/physique. You want to start working out from home and figure out how to start. You know it’s going to take some motivation to make these big changes. You look at all the successful people and wonder: “How are they always so motivated?”
To understand them you must understand what motivation is. Motivation is a feeling about wanting something. When you’re motivated you have a certain desire you want to fulfill. It makes you feel energized and makes success meaningful.
The people who have the motivation and reach their goals have a strong desire for it. The good news for you is that those people aren’t special. Actually, you can be as motivated, or even more.
So, if you want to be like them here’s how you can be more motivated to get fit from home.
They Have a Why (and It’s Powerful!)
The most successful people have the most on the line. Meaning, they’ve got a strong reason why they must achieve their goals. Let’s say you have 2 people. Person 1 just wants to lose 5 lbs. before vacation. Person 2 needs to lose 80 lbs. because he’s had a heart attack. Obviously, person 2 is going to be more motivated. The stronger the reason the higher the motivation.
Having a strong why acts as a battery. When you’re feeling unmotivated you should remind yourself of why you’re doing this. Then, that powerful reason will replenish your motivation and help you to keep pushing forward.
They Build Momentum
Successful people’s story doesn’t start out with glitter and sunshine. In fact, most do not. They likely started at the bottom like you. What took them from there to their goals is they had little victories. To lose 50 lbs, you must first lose 1 lb, and every victory they had gave them more and more motivation.
Like them, you’re going to encounter roadblocks on your journey. You won’t always be able to rely on motivation alone.
But, by having moments of self-discipline, you can become more motivated.
On a tough day, you come home and you want a cookie very badly. Yet, you make the choice not to eat it. Then the following day you are going to feel more motivated about your goals. You made the right choice and you know that will take you closer to your goal.
By choosing to do the hard thing in the moment you can gain momentum and motivation.
Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.Jerzy Gregorek
Have a designated space
Designating a specific space in your home for working out is a crucial step to making your at-home workouts successful. When you have a dedicated area for exercise, it helps make for a better experience. Plus, it can be easier to stay motivated and on track when you have a designated space that you can call your own.
To create a successful workout space at home, find an area that works for you and makes you feel comfortable. This could be a spare room, a corner of your living room, or even a basement. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, decorate it with motivational posters, quotes, or other personal touches that make the space your own. This will help create a sense of ownership and make it easier for your brain to associate that space with exercise.
If you are very passionate about your goal, then you want to mentally spend time with it. Like a hobby or your relationship the more you think about it the more you do. If you think about buying your girl/guy flowers, then you’re more likely to do it. Visualizing & thinking about your workouts makes them more likely.
A secret visualization technique no one talks about is negative visualization. Don’t imagine only the good will happen, instead spend time focusing on what could get in the way. What are the things you know might keep you from working out?
By thinking about your obstacles early you can overcome them before they happen.
Have a Workout Buddy
Having a workout buddy can be a great way to make your exercise routine more enjoyable and effective. When you have someone else to workout with, it can help break up the monotony and make the time fly by. Whether it’s a personal trainer, a significant other, or a friend, having someone to chat with and encourage you can make exercise feel less like a chore and more like a social activity.
Not only can a workout buddy provide motivation and encouragement, but they can also hold you accountable to push yourself harder and do more. Plus, if you’re both working out together, it can turn into a friendly competition that helps you feel like you’re part of a supportive community. Exercising with a buddy can also create a strong bond and a sense of accountability. When you have someone else counting on you to show up and give your all, it can be a powerful motivator to stay on track and make progress toward your fitness goals. So next time you hit the gym or go for a run, consider inviting a friend along for the ride.
Be About It
To get something you don’t have, you must do something you wouldn’t do. Think about that person who’s at your goal. Ask yourself what are the things they do that you don’t. Then, start emulating those actions. To achieve your goals you have to act as if you were already there.
It’s also critical that you keep your goals at the forefront of your mind so that you can take action. Life catches us unprepared, and that’s why we fail. When you think about your goal you’re preparing yourself for the unexpected. Now, when obstacles come you will overcome them.
Every day, take some time to reflect on your goals and ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my goal?
- Why do I want to achieve this goal?
- How can I achieve it?
- What will it feel like to reach this goal?
- How will achieving this goal improve my life?
To stay motivated, you’ll find it can be helpful to share your goals with others who can hold you accountable. Talk to close friends and family about what you’re working towards. You could also seek out personal training or join a community of like-minded people. They can add extra support and inspiration.
The more you integrate your goals into your life, the more they will become a reality.
It’s All in the Mind
For you to become that motivated person we mentioned before. You must master your mind. Motivation is a feeling, and like all feelings it is fairweather. However, you can create motivation from nothing.
You’ll be motivated to workout at home more if you:
- Have a Why & Connect With It
- Do Things When You Don’t Feel Like It
- Set Aside a Workout Space
- Mentally Visualize Your Goal
- Commit to Your Goals
It won’t always be easy, but it’ll always be worth it. If there’s anyone that could do it, it would be you.
For more on all things health and fitness, you can check out our Fenix Fitness Blog. Until next time!