I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm going to burst the bubble straight away....unfortunately, No you can't depend on Motivation... Why? First, let me ask you this: How many people do you know who are motivated ALL of the time? And I mean ALL of the time... Probably not many. Sure some people seem motivated, but in reality, they all have one similar trait. They are disciplined! They have systems that allow them to be productive towards their goals, but it's down to discipline when it comes down to doing the tasks at hand. We hear it all the time " ....sure it's easy for you to exercise, you're a personal trainer". Let us tell you now, after a full day in the gym, the last thing we want to do is to stay there for longer and train ourselves. But the goal isn't to be motivated all of the time, the goal is generally to drop a few lbs or gain some lean muscle mass and generally just feel good.
So instead of looking for Motivation, why not create your own systems that set you up for success and make it easier to do the tasks? Here are a few things we would generally suggest: - Food: Only have food that promotes health, is goal-focused and is tasty at hand. As the saying goes ' If it's in the house, it will be eaten'. Do a cupboard cleanout and take temptation out of the equation. - Exercise: Set yourself up for success. Bring your exercise gear with you wherever you go, have exercise clothes in the car with you so that if you get the urge to move, your ready to rock! Schedule exercise into your day, this will make sure that the time is scheduled and you have less in your way of getting a sweat on! - Water: This is a topic that's talked about to death in fitness. I feel safe in saying that everyone knows they should drink water. But as the saying goes (I do love a good saying don't I) 'It's not what you know, its what you do with what you know'. We focus on meeting the client where they are, so if right now you drink no water, let's start off with just trying to drink some... in some shape or form. Add some dilute or flavour to your water if you have to. - Get real with yourself: I know we said it's down to discipline above, and it still is, but discipline becomes easier when you know why you're doing something. Change is hard. Exercise is hard when you don't want to. Turning down food that doesn't fit into your goals can sometimes be hard....literally nobody is debating that, but you have got to remember why you're doing what you're doing. - Sleep: Let's be real here.. there is literally nothing better than a good nights sleep. There isn't a bodily process/function that doesn't benefit from a good sleep. Set yourself up for success here and have a routine in place that at the very least gives you the opportunity to get a full 8 hours. For example, if you need to be up at 6am set your bedtime at 10pm. Your body thought process, productivity, motivation levels, hunger and craving signals, recovery, mood and many many more will thank you for it. So, Motivation then? Yeah, not one to rely on...more so set your systems in place that set you up for success, and be disciplined enough to follow through and get the job done! #THEBODYCONTENT #Motivation