It’s no secret that a lack of motivation is the number one reason that most people aren’t in great shape. People want six-pack abs and to be able to run a marathon, but they just don’t have the motivation to sacrifice the things that are holding them back from that goal. Maybe they don’t feel like giving up their morning bagel, or a trip to the gym is something they just don’t have time for (luckily, with bodyweight training we can eliminate that constraint).
But how can we overcome these issues? How can we get back on track to getting in the best shape of our lives? Fortunately for you, there are a few methods we can use to help out.
You can start planning for your inevitable motivational slumps before you even begin! Setting very specific, time sensitive goals before you begin working out can help with motivation a tremendous amount.
Now, one thing to remember is that these goals must be specific. Goals such as ‘I want to get fit’ or ‘I want to lose weight’ just won’t cut it. How much weight do you want to lose? What do you class as a level of fitness that you would be happy with? The key to goal setting in bodyweight training is to come up with personal, realistic goals which you are able to track. This way, if you reach a motivational roadblock, you can just check and see how far you’ve come since you started. This should give you that boost in motivation to get you past a slump.
Here are a few example goals that should get you thinking in the right way about your goal setting:
- I want to get my body fat percentage down to 11% in 6 months.
- I want to lose 25 pounds by my birthday.
- I want to be able to do 50 push ups in 2 months time.
- I want to double the amount of pull ups I can do by next month.
For some added motivation, let me hold you accountable for your goals. Post your goals in the comments section for us all to read. Then, when your time sensitive goal has reached it's end, people will be asking if you made it. You don't want to fail us right?
Other Motivational Techniques
Goal setting is the absolute best thing you can do to keep your motivational levels up, but sometimes knowing what you’re working towards isn’t enough. Here are a couple of other tips that may help you:
- Take a photograph of yourself before you start working out, so that every time you feel like you can’t be bothered, just look at that photograph and see how much better you look now. One other thing that this can do is kick yourself into top gear. Once you see a photograph of yourself out of shape, you will be motivated to change that right away.
- Don’t rely on having to go to the gym. The beauty of bodyweight training is that you need very little equipment, so you can do it at home. This means that you won’t have to find the motivation to get up and drive to the gym.
- Start a journal where you will track your progress. Entries should include your weight, bodyfat percentage, measurements of various parts of your body, amount of reps you can do etc. As you see your waistline shrinking, and realise that you're doing twice as many pull-ups as last month, you will keep your motivation level up.
Using these techniques, it's entirely possible to overcome that initial lack of motivation when starting to exercise. These techniques also help you prepare for future dips in your motivation. It is important not to overwhelm yourself with impossible, unobtainable goals, as this will only lead to inevitable failure and further crises of confidence.
Don't just focus on bodyweight training either, gym equipment can make a huge difference to your health and fitness when you can make it to the gym. There are also a ton of different ways to burn fat and increase your health that will speed up your progress when compared to just working out and continuing with an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle. But, as with your goal setting, don't try and completely alter your lifestyle all at once. Focus on small, sustainable lifestyle changes that will combine to give disproportionally large results.