Motivation: Choose A Goal

What is it that drives you in the gym? Is it chasing a new personal best on a lift? Hitting a new weight on the scale or is it for your mental health?

Whatever it may be (Weight Gain, Burn Fat or your health Wellbeing), I can't recommend choosing a goal enough. It doesn't need to be a big goal, by the way, it is often the smaller goals that can help keep you going!

So with my contest out of the way, I will definitely be setting new goals alongside my coach in order to keep progress going, so I thought it'd be helpful to share my top tips on motivation.

1) My number one tip if I had to choose would be to stop obsessing over the number on the scale. Day after day you hear people chasing that magic number on the scale, that arbitrary number that they have decided will make them look at their best. When I finally gave up daily checks I got into the best shape of my life. Strong, lean and happy.

When you start eating well and training hard you will naturally look fitter. Would it bother you that much to be a couple of kilos heavier if you felt confident and happy? Probably not.

I appreciate that in some circumstances keeping an eye on the scale has its benefits but try to not let it affect your mood too much when looking at the overall state of your health and fitness.

2) Pick something you enjoy - now we all know I love lifting weights but that isn't the only way to stay fit and strong. The best thing to do is pick something you enjoy and then you'll stick with it. Believe it or not but before I discovered weightlifting I loved cycling and it still one of my favourite hobbies. Progress comes with consistency and if you hate doing something you'll soon think of an excuse to stop it.

3) The buddy system - I'm lucky enough to not only have friends that love training but to be at a gym where you can pretty much ask anyone to do a training session with! There were many days during prep that I didn't want to train and one of my best friends would drag me there and by the time we had done a workout I felt a thousand times better. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work.

4) Make your goals known/keep a progress diary - again another great tool to keep yourself accountable.

I made sure my closest friends and family knew my goals so that they could not only offer support but also keep me on track. Having my Instagram page @fitfergo really helped as well as everyone was so supportive and encouraging and it allowed me to document my progress.

A good thing to remember is that results take time to remain consistent and work hard. I still have days where I can't be bothered or when emotion takes over but I always make sure I get back to it!

Don't forget the mind is a powerful thing and if you really want to achieve something you will.

 

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About the Author

Amy is a qualified Personal Trainer who lives and breathes the fitness lifestyle. As an aspiring bikini competitor she is always testing new training and diet techniques, which she hopes to inspire you with. Studying towards completing her ACA academy qualification and looking to compete again in 2017, Amy is a great resource for quality information right here on the Discount Supplements BLOG.

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