You’ve made the decision to get to the gym, to go out running, to start training in 2016. Great! Me too – number one goal for the year is to make training a priority again.
Making that decision is an excellent step. But that doesn’t actually get you into your training clothes and out there. A little motivation and planning are also required.
Here are some tips that have helped me in the past. And I am going to use them again to get myself back on the training wagon.
Tips for training motivation
- Make a plan, put it in your calendar, schedule training as if it is a meeting that you need to attend – this is a great first step. But alone it is not enough; it’s far too easy to snooze the calendar reminder or dismiss it.
- Get out your training outfit/pack it in your bag the day before. Then you just need to remember to take it with you. (I put my training bag right by the doorstep, so I would need to step over it to leave home, which makes it harder it ignore it.)
- Making yourself accountable is a great motivator for some people. Take a great photo of your cute training outfit and post it on social media the day before. Tell people that you are going to go training. Use their encouragement.
- If you are going to train during your lunch break or straight after work, then telling your work colleagues can help to make you accountable as well.
- Setting yourself a reward can also be a big motivator. I like to tell myself that I can turn the tv on and watch an episode of a series after I’ve trained, especially if I am training at home. Because I know that if I turn the tv before I’ve trained, there will be no training that day. Find something that you like and use that as a post-training reward.
- Find a photo of someone who has a body you aspire to. Cut out that photo, put it in your diary, stick it to your noticeboard, put it on your desk, somewhere you’ll see it regularly. And when you look at it, remember that the way to work towards that body is to work on your training.
- Making a record of your training afterwards can be a great motivator for next time. Write down that you did and see if you can beat it in your next training session.
- Be tough with yourself. Don’t let yourself come up with excuses. This is a tough one but if you’ve been training regularly, don’t let yourself slip. This is when it is easier to be hard on yourself.
I hope there’s some training motivation here that you can use. Let me know how you get on!