Workout Motivation Secrets: 5 Ideas For Moving To The Next Stage

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Workout Motivation Secrets: 5 Ideas For Moving To The Next Stage.
By Stuart Carter, Men’s Health Coach & Head Trainer, The Fit Father Project

Has your workout become stale or are you struggling to lift your game? Maybe you already have the chiseled body you always dreamt of but are finding it a struggle to retain it.

Whatever your reason for looking for workout motivation, the Fit Father Project can help you.

The motivation you seek is actually within you; you just need to know how to tap into it. This guide will show you exactly how!

In this guide, I’ll help you get motivated to discover a higher level of fitness and strength than you ever thought possible.

There are so many ways to fire up your passion again. Something as simple as our 24-min workout can offer a well needed change-up to your routine and rekindle your interest and motivation.

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Facing A Challenge Head On

There’s no doubt that it’s hard to find the motivation to start, or re-start, a fitness program; even with the help of us here at the Fit Father Project.

Often your new found desire to start working out and eating healthy is a direct result of one specific trigger. Maybe you need to look your best for a high school reunion or you’ve simply found you can’t keep up with your children.

These are great reasons to push yourself into a healthier lifestyle but they won’t always keep you getting up at 6am to hit the gym; especially once you’ve gotten results, the reunion has passed and your children are no longer as fast as you!

Here’s where you run the risk of starting a viscous cycle of chasing results in response to something external.

The answers we have for you below are lifestyle based, not reactive ‘band-aids’ for a quick fix. These will keep you motivated and consistently moving along, no matter what life throws at you.

The 5 Workout Motivation Secrets

Positive thinking, habits and enjoying how you look in the mirror are testimonies to the effectiveness of your Fit Father workout. Keeping this up and improving on it is easier than you think:

Step # 1 – Compete With Yourself Or a Buddy

There are two types of competition to give you the workout motivation you need:

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The first is challenging yourself.

Put simply, you need to assess your current workout and beat your record. If you currently run 5 km in 32 minutes, aim to do it in 30.

Or, if your weights seem to have stagnated at 20, 30, or 40 kg then add a tiny bit more.

Just 1 kg extra per lift will make a difference to you lifting power and your workout motivation.

The difference is small enough to be achievable but challenging enough to be motivational.

The second is one that we at the Fit Father Project think is very important: having a training buddy.

If you have to show up to meet someone else then it’s very hard not to do your workout.

Often the motivation issue is with getting started; once you’re exercising the endorphins will kick in.

If you prefer working out alone then you can still partner with someone through the Fit Father Project website or with a friend electronically.

This has the same effect; having to report it means that you need to do better than your best to show your workout partner how well you are doing.

Obviously they will be using you to improve too and this can become a healthy competition; motivating you perfectly in the process.

Action Step: Partner up today and feel your workout motivation instantly increase!

Step # 2 – Set Yourself New Goals

Whatever your reason for starting a fitness program, you will eventually achieve your goal.

This will either be because you have reached your target or the occasion has passed (and hopefully you looked pretty good for it).

At this point it can be very hard to stay motivated.

Telling yourself it’s good for you is not enough to get you out of bed on a cold winter morning. But you can get the motivation back:

Action Step: To improve your workout motivation simply reset your goals. Consider a realistic and desirable target above what you are already doing and aim for it.

Step # 3 – Get Your Workout Gear Out & Make It Visible

You might be surprised at how effective this is!

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When your workout clothes, shoes or simply your dumbbells are visible it is hard to ignore them.

In fact, you will feel guilty if they stare at you all day and you do nothing with them!

This doesn’t mean littering them across your home causing your better half to trip and break a leg! It can be a little more subtle.

Action Step: Put your workout clothes and an image or reminder of your goal next to your alarm clock and away from your bed.
If you’re already up and the visualization of your goal is in front of you then you are at least half way there!

Note: There are those that say wear your workout clothes to bed in readiness. This is probably only a good idea if you are trying to annoy your significant other!

Step # 4 – Incentivise Yourself With A Treat

What better incentive can there be to start and finish a workout than a nice chocolate bar or slice of cake? Unfortunately this is not what is meant by treats!

There is no point increasing your workout motivation and then damaging the effects of the workout.

Action Step: Select an item you need, such as new running shoes and reward yourself with them once you hit a designated target.
You will be surprised at how quickly you can get out of bed for the right reward.

Tip: You might want to involve your lady in this step; she can provide some very interesting rewards; or you can make her your boot camp instructor if it helps…

Step # 5 – Enter Yourself Into An Event

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Finally, one way to really build your workout motivation is to enter a local event.

There is little more inspiring and terrifying that the thought of competing and being last!

Although you may be a good shape there will usually be someone in better shape; the idea that they may be at your next event should be enough to motivate you.

Action Step: Choose an event today which happens in approximately 2 months and sign up for it. Don’t think. As Nike would say, Just do it!

Your Workout Motivation Secrets

Anyone can workout and everyone should, but knowing what you should do and actually doing it are two very different things.

Fortunately you can apply the workout motivation secrets above to your everyday life and reap the rewards.

Try at least one of them today and tell us how it’s helped you. Don’t be shy, everyone goes through this stage; with the support of the Fit Father Project you can achieve even greater things.

I’m here to help, no matter what!

Your new friend & health coach,

stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide’, Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on workout motivation.

Written by Stuart Carter
I'm Stuart, one of the head trainers here at The Fit Father Project. Having been an overweight teenager, I got into regular activity at the age of 18 and after a few years decided to make a living from it.  I've been a trainer since 2001, and my passion lies in helping men get & stay healthy for life. I'm the author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide’ and I joined the Fit Father Project in 2016 to help more men lose weight and live healthier for their families. My Twitter: @3sdfitness.