Motivation, why we need it.

Your 5:00 am alarm sounds, and instead of popping up for that morning sweat sesh, something else takes over your body and mind. You’re entering the workout spin zone lol those 60 seconds where you look sideways at your gym bag and then start to justify why you absolutely don’t need to get your butt to the gym today. Where did all of your motivation go from the night before? Sound familiar?

Motivation plays a beneficial health role in human behaviour. So how do we keep our motivation on track? Here are some great tips to keep your priorities in check.



To Stay motivated, vary your routine or change your scenery!

A new variation on your favourite activity eg cardio kickboxing instead of Step aerobics or power yoga instead of working on machines, get a coach or a personal trainer to design the right program for you? May these options are all you to reinvigorate a stale routine. If you’ve always exercised indoors, move your workout outside for a welcome change of scenery.

Motivation comes when you try something entirely new!

Make it something you never dreamed you’d do. If you’ve always stuck to solitary pursuits, sign up for a team sport. Or tackle something you’ve shied away from… maybe even rock climbing or Dragon Boat racing J

Be Motivated to find a workout buddy!

An Exercise buddy always adds a social element to any routine. Ask a friend to be your workout partner so you are less likely to skip a workout if someone is waiting for you.

Find a motivation that makes you set up a new goal!

Working out to stay in shape is fine, but setting a goal, such as finishing a 10km race or completing a CrossFit competition will give your daily workouts more meaning and purpose.

Treat yourself to a workout gadget or accessory!

Heart-rate monitors, a new pair of shoes, belts, gloves and skipping rope will help to keep the excitement in your workouts more fun and challenging.

Keep an exercise journal to track your progress!

Unsure if you’re making progress toward your goals? Then start a workout journal. It allows you to keep track of your goals, monitor your progress and adjust your routines as necessary.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a workout!

Life is full of obstacles. Unexpected appointments, illness and setbacks are bound to happen sooner or later. Don’t let a few missed workouts turn into a month of unfulfilled resolutions.

Reward yourself!

Reaching a fitness goal or milestone is a great excuse to treat yourself to something new. A massage, an evening out, or some other “indulgence” may be the key to staying motivated.

Motivation – Focus on how good exercise makes you look and feel!

You know that incredibly satisfied and healthy feeling you get immediately after a workout? Remember it! And use it to motivate yourself the next time you’re finding it hard to get out of bed when that 5 am alarm sounds!

The Chief Life Retreats are a great way to find focus, motivation and gain the much-needed knowledge to find your true north in regards to exercise, nutrition and work/life balance. Come along to our next one by clicking the link below and reserving your spot today 🙂

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Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.