et’s get something straight, motivation is a feeling. Feelings come and feelings go. In order to get results in the gym, we cannot solely rely on a feeling to ensure we get out of bed each morning and GET.IT.DONE. Plus, we need to be adhering to a plan long enough for our set goals to actually start taking effect. Change takes time and if you’re looking to motivation as your go-to driver to get those highly coveted results, then I’ve got some bad news for you.
So you’ve done a 6 week challenge at your gym, a 12 week strength program or perhaps an online weightloss challenge before, right? Perhaps you’ve done many! And sure, there will be times during that when you feel a strong sense of motivation to exercise and eat well - it’s usually right at the beginning and then quickly fades, am I right?! But in terms of the timeframe in which you’ve set out to reach your particular goal, this will only ever encompass a very small portion.
That’s because we often confuse a lack of motivation with a lack of discipline.
How many times have you blamed a “lack of motivation” for not sticking to a nutrition plan or for not dragging your arse out of bed a little bit earlier in the morning? Well you’re wrong, it’s not motivation that’s to blame. Human beings are naturally wired to preserve energy whenever possible. Ever noticed that you always seem to walk (or run) at your most ‘comfortable’ speed? Our body’s nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use and continuously re-optimises movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible. This rings true with motivation to get up early and exercise each morning - why would you choose to do so when you have the option of staying in your warm, comfortable bed! We have to push through our body’s desire to ‘rest’ and optimise our self-discipline in order to achieve those big exciting goals we have on our radar.
The best way to ensure you stick to a healthy lifestyle of daily exercise and solid nutrition long-term, is to remove your reliance on motivation all together, and rather create good habits that’ll last a lifetime.
So here’s my top pointers on creating reliable habits as your primary drivers:
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