You can put weights into different people’s hands and you will be able to tell who is really passionate when it comes to working out and who is not. I know that as soon as I stepped into the gym I got this amazing vibe like a rush of positive energy and I realised this is where I need to be. I started getting serious with gym at the beginning of 2017 after I nearly lost complete hope in myself. For me fitness has become embedded into my lifestyle. Any negativeness I have truly becomes erased after smashing out a workout. I don’t think I have enough words to describe how staying fit makes me feel, this small paragraph doesn’t do justice. The point is I have fallen in love with health and fitness. I know I am not perfect but I know where I stand and how and why I need to change. I am still adapting and learning new things about my body. I am on a fitness journey at 20 years old and still continuously working on myself. Self-improvement is my philosophy and I set my goal to make fitness my lifestyle.
Friends have asked me why I am and how I am so motivated to workout? I think I can answer these:
- I Remember why I started
What brought you to the gym, why did you walk through that door? I know people say don’t look back into the past but I do so to channel and recycle negative energy into my sessions. Have you been through a break up? Bad dating experience? Has someone doubted you? Does someone still doubt you? Do you have something to prove to yourself? Have you had/do you have a poor self-image? Does something scare you? Use the pain as fuel. I find it gives me adrenaline to push harder and the outcome is positive energy. You have a goal and remember why you set it and fight for it like it is life or death.
- I don’t give up
Everyone experiences the brick wall. By this I mean when your muscles start to burn on the last few reps. It is easy to just stop, give up. I think for me the pain gives me adrenaline. After a few warm up sets and my heart beat has risen I feel so motivated to continue. I feel like the more I get into the workout the more motivated I become. I like feeling pain because I know it is my body telling me it is working. I like to challenge myself and this challenge keeps me going.
- I change up the workouts
Set a new challenge each day. If you can complete 12 reps of a movement without fail increase the weight. If you did a hiit workout one day, the next time you do hiit change it up, do something different, challenge. Target and challenge the different muscles in your body. This will prevent you from feeling bored, you have a new challenge to look forward to each day.
- I set goals
Have a goal, a light at the end of the tunnel and never forget it. Make sure your goal is SMART- specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. I say measurable because you should document your progress to see how far you have come each stepping stone of the way. For example take a progress photo every 2 weeks and dedicate a folder to it on your phone or laptop!
- I try to surround myself with positive people
Keep yourself surrounded by people who educate, inspire and lift you. People who make you a better version of yourself. I learnt this moving abroad, I’ve met some inspiring people and my mind set is changing in a positive way and I like this. Anyone who tells you ‘you cannot’ do something doesn’t deserve your time or your attention, you have a goal and that is all that matters. Block off negatives quite literally.
- I enjoy it!
Enjoy your workouts, look forward to it! I never think ‘oh god I have to go to the gym…’ Gym isn’t a chore for me, it is a way of life and I look forward to every session, that is the truth. If you struggle to think like this then check out my ‘Gym tips’ post.
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