Now then, this doesn’t just apply to the gym, we have all thought about giving up, getting into bed and watching Netflix when times get tough. Whether that’s School/College or work, the gym or sports. Instead of packing it in completely,we just need a little nudge; a bit of motivation. Without further a due here’s some tips and tricks to keep yourself motivated and at your best.
1. Tip number 1 is to record progress
Whether that’s with the gym, College or whatever. If you haven’t already, when you first start working out you should take some measurements, such as your weight, chest size, arm size etc.. so when the time comes that you feel like giving up get out the measurements and compare them to now! Seeing progress even in small stages makes all the difference, and makes you feel that you’re not wasting your time. This can easily be applied to college work too, for example if you take a test and score 50% lets say, when you feel like you’re making no progress, take that test again and see the progress. Even in sports, lets say you’re a sprinter. Record your fastest 100m sprint now. Then record it again in a couple of months. It’s easy to do things for a long period of time and suddenly think you’ve wasted your time. That’s why its important to track your progress. If worst comes to worst and you haven’t made any progress it may be time to switch up your method.
2. Tip number 2 is to take breaks
If you’re training, revising and working hard everyday it takes its toll on your mental health, you begin to question your progress. Sometimes its important to take a couple of days off to reboot, get plenty of sleep and come back at it at a new angle, feeling refreshed. (this is especially important when working out as your muscles need time to recover and grow!)
3. Tip number 3 is remember why you started
In terms of exercise and working out everyone started for different reasons, to lose weight, to tone up, or to morph into a Greek god with chiselled abs. (whatever floats your boat) remembering why we wanted to start in the first place gives us that little boost to go on. It makes us ask ourselves, have we achieved what we wanted to? have I lost weight? Have I toned up? Only you guys can answer for yourselves. In terms of School/College or University, it’s not necessarily the same principle, as its kind of compulsory to stay in education till you’re 18 (unless you give zero fucks, In that case I can’t help you) the key to staying motivated here is to think of how much getting your head down now and putting in the work is gonna benefit you in the future. I can’t emphasise enough that your education gives you a foundation for the rest of your life. And its free! Make the most of it.
4. Listen to music, Zone out
Most people tend to listen to music when exercising. A bit of M&M of whatever you fancy. it motivates us, and most importantly it allows us to block out distractions, and increases work ethic. Give it a try! Although be aware that if you’re doing college/university work, apparently listening to music slows down the learning process as its hard for the brain to take in new information whilst listening to words. So if you’re going to do it, as tedious and boring as it sounds classical music has been proven to improve concentration! Beethoven here we come…