How did I do with my training motivation last week? You might have seen on Instagram but I succeeded with my first week: three training sessions beyond my weekly appointment with my trainer. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet (too much!) but I was pretty pleased both with myself and with how I felt afterwards.
I’ve written before about training motivation, with some tips for how to get out and train, but now I have two more to add.
First, thanks to a Jess Lively podcast with Pat Flynn, I found out about The One Thing and the 66-Day Calendar for goal setting. According to research by University College London, it takes 66 days to form a habit. So I printed off the calendar and have been marking my training sessions on it. Seeing them written there and working towards the end of the sheet and the 66 days is helping me to stick to my goal.
The second thing that has helped me is the feeling that I get after training and keeping that in mind each day to motivate me to train again. This is really a secondary motivator since you cannot remember the feeling without having trained at least once in recent days but the feeling of getting stronger and fitter can be powerful.
I could add a third but it’s a sneaky one: I bought new pair of training leggings at the weekend and I really love them.
New training clothes are a valid motivation tool, surely…?
Last week’s training went well though (helped, perhaps, by the new gear): a session with my trainer last Monday, tabata running on Wednesday, a short arm strength session at home on Thursday evening and then a return to Be.Core for Lagree Fitness/Megaformer on Saturday.
Training goals for this week: much of the same. I was with my trainer yesterday and now have some new exercises for when I train on my own, and I want to get some running in too. And I’ve booked another Saturday class at Be.Core.
What about you? What are your training goals for the coming weeks? Do you have any really good motivators to get yourself training?