Break down your goals
Fitness goals can seem extremely intimidating. It is also one of the reasons why many give up their fitness journey or become impatient because the possibility of fulfilling their goals seem like a distant dream. I believe the best way to overcome this hurdle is break down long term goals into shorter goals and focus on completing them. It can be quarterly, monthly or even daily goals.
For example, my year end goal is to do a side split (Hanumasana). Now, I can’t rush my body to turn into a rubber band overnight. So I broke it down into quarterly and weekly goals. My current quarterly goal is to comfortably outstretch my legs with the help of Yoga blocks. My weekly goal is to do stretches at least 4-5 times a week.
Build your Squad
Be it at the gym or online friends, gather like-minded dedicated fitness buddies who would encourage you at every step, celebrate your success no matter how small, and motivate you on days when you feel like nothing is working. The reality is not everyone in your life will be interested in your fitness journey. You may not receive the kind of inspiration that you need. And at one point there is a probability of you feeling demotivated.
That’s when the squad comes into play. I am a part of an awesome Whatsapp group of fitness enthusiasts and follow few support groups on Facebook too. We share our stories, struggles, transformation pictures and seek advice whenever required. They continue to play an important role in providing me with daily motivation.
Enjoy what you are doing. I know it’s quite difficult when you have to do a set of burpees :). But remember that it is OK to relax and take a break. Fitness is a lifestyle change. It doesn’t end when you reach a goal. Instead, fitness becomes a part of your life, so you as well do everything that makes you look forward to follow a routine. Find your mojo. Take enough breaks to let your body recover. And one day, you will enjoy that sore feeling after a workout.
Track your progress
Be it photos, videos or online journal, always track your progress. It will help you realize how far you have come along in your journey. Watching yourself do something that was once impossible or reading about how you beat that plank challenge, will help you focus and remain motivated in following a fitness routine.
Surround yourself with positive vibes
Do not let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. Don’t let the stereotypes break your will. Instead, be stubborn and concentrate all your energy to improve your lifestyle.
Some of the best ways to stay positive are – find and read success stories, watch people achieve their goals, read positive quotes, watch comedy shows or… the best one – do a backbend 🙂 If you ask me, I follow a lot of awesome Yoginis on Instagram, not just the celebrities, but those who are at the same level as me. Every time I see their progress, it makes be believe that I can do that too.
Do not Compare
Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20
Don’t you agree? Every body is beautiful and is capable of doing amazing things. And each of them grow at a certain pace. Indeed we can aspire and be motivated by those who are already successful, but to compare yourself with them at every stage can only result in frustration and demotivation. Do not compare your achievements with any one else. This is a journey of self realisation where you respect your body, and maintain a fine balance between giving your best while understanding its limits.
Dress the part
This is specially for those like me who workout at home. It’s extremely difficult to remain motivated everyday when no one’s watching you or pushing you hard enough. But I make sure that I wear my active wear, tightly tie my hair, go into the separate fitness corner that I have made for myself, take out my yoga mat and practice like I am in a class. A great way to make your mind think that some serious business is going on here.
Hope you this post provided you with enough fitness motivation.
Stay strong and humble! 🙂
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*the pictures are mine, the quotes are not.