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{How to stay motivated}

I know it’s really not easy to stay motivated
& there will always be those days where you’re coming up with every possible excuse to skip the workout.
Whenever I feel like that,
I will usually take it as a sign that my body needs extra rest
& promise myself to come back stronger the next day.
What happens when you’re just procrastinating your workouts
For like forever?

It’s not so much about being/staying motivated for me.
It has always been more of a habit.
You will need to turn that motivation into a habit.
You can’t rely on motivation forever.
That being said,
I understand that it’s really tough to even continue the drive to workout regularly in the first place.

Here are some tips that may be helpful for some!

1.    Get a gym membership
Not sure if this works but the money you spend on your gym membership may provide you with monetary motivation heh
Who would wanna let their money go to waste huh?
I'm pretty sure this will not be enough to push you workout on a regular basis though :p 

2.   Having gym buddies/ workout partner
Working out alone can get boring for some.
Having someone with the same ideals may help in motivating & pushing you on those lazy days and during workouts.
Besides that,
You can also try out buddy workouts, which are super fun
&def kills the boredom.
It’s also important to have a gym buddy for safety purposes (esp when you are planning on lifting heavier than usual).

3.    Start your day with a positive/motivational thought
Remove all negative thoughts of yourself!
Remind yourself why you started this journey
&how far you have come.
Its not about perfection,
It’s about progress & determination to make a change for the better.
Remind yourself that you’re doing this for you,
To create a fitter, healthier & happier you,
&not for anyone else.
Start your day right :}
(I sound like some kinda health promotion commercial hahahah)

4.    Equip yourself with knowledge
It’s always good to know the basic exercises for various body parts & plan your workout before you reach the gym
So as to prevent you from wasting time figuring out what to do when you get there.
Not only that,
Knowing your workouts/ what to do at the gym will also prevent you from feeling disheartened when you see pros/ experienced people at the gym.
It is esp important to know the basic form to prevent you from getting injured.
Time to do a bit of research!

5.    Change up your routine once in a while
People usually lose motivation when they get bored with their workout
or don’t see any progress/ change in their body.
Changing up your routine &
Adding new exercises into your workout
Can aid in killing the boredom.
Your body will also learn to adapt to the workout if you continuously do the same routine/exercises over and over again.
It is good to get outta your comfort zone
& try out different kinda exercises.
When was the last time you tried out something new/
Added variations to your workout?
Time to challenge & shock your body a lil ehh?

6.    Watch inspirational videos
There are quite a few inspirational fitness youtubers who share videos that can really motivate you to get your ass off the couch to do some work.
One that I know of is Greg Plitt.
He was (and still is) such an amazing motivator 
&it is really sad to know that he has left us. 

7.    Have someone who motivates you
I guess having a person, whom you look up you,
Can really help in keeping you motivated.
Someone who you feel you can relate to,
Has that certain amount of drive to work even harder during each workout
& has your “dream bod”
can really help to create the impact in you to want to do the same.

8.    Have a goal in mind
Set realistic goals for yourself throughout your fitness journey.
It's not just about changes you can see physically
but mentally too.
Don't just set goals like "I need to get my body ready in 4 weeks for summer",
focus on how you can make a change permanently.
It's easy to feel disheartened or lose motivation to workout when you don't attain that goal in 4weeks.
Set goals like being able to hit more reps (using the same amount of weights you used 3 weeks ago),
being able to run a longer distance than the month before,
feeling mentally strong & gaining more self-confidence & self-worth,
cutting down the in-take of junk food/soft drinks.
I feel that short-term goals are as important as long-term goals!

Hope these tips helped some of y'all!
Today's my last day of term break
&on top of that, 
I'm taking up a yoga instructor course (sponsored by Tirisula Yoga)!
Really excited & nervous at the same time as I'm super new to yoga 
& I'm farrrrrrr from being flexible. 
March is gonna be crazy interesting & hectic for me as 
I'm basically attaining classes from Monday-Sunday from 7;30am -10pm D: 
Guess it's gonna be a huge challenge for me to juggle my school, the yoga course & my part-time PT. 
*Fingers crossed!*

P.S. Will be updating my blog with my experience with the yoga course 
so do stay tuned!