Getting in shape can be difficult and very frustrating as we all know.
Staying consistent isn't easy, especially if you have kids, more than one job and or have a very hectic schedule.
Having a lot on your plate can turn anyone away from sticking to their fitness goals.
So the question is, how do you stay motivated in the gym?
well, I have a few suggestions that I've come across during my time as a personal trainer.
2. Appreciate the progress you've made
When you start working out, you'll have up's and down's. I always tell my clients it's important to celebrate the small battles because they lead to winning the war. You might not have lost 10 lbs yet, but the 5 kg that you did lose is a start, so don't be so hard on yourself. You don't need fast weight loss to gain it all back again. Remember it took time to put on the weight, so don't expect it to come off faster because you have a vacation with your boo thang.
3. Reward Yourself With a Cheat Meal
Understand that your getting in shape not joining a secret cult so go and have yourself a cheat meal. Having one won't mess up your progress. I'm not saying go balls to the wall with junk food but don't tell yourself "NO' to foods you enjoy. During the week stay on track with the better food options but sometimes during the day or week have a slice of pizza, a glass of wine or dark chocolate than get back on track.
4. Have support!
Having support is the best part because it can boost your confidence. That support can be anyone close to you: your husband, wife, kids, mom, dad, or even a co-worker. If you find someone to workout with that's a bonus, but it can be tricky. When you have a workout partner, it can keep you on track, but when that person cancels, you might not feel obligated to go anymore, so be sure to stay the course.
It's important to understand that beginning a fitness journey isn't always comfortable, and one should take it slow. Fat loss and building muscle isn't an overnight thing. That belly fat will decrease over time, but patience is necessary for any fitness goals.
The most important thing is never to quit because that will make it harder to get back into the swing of things. I strongly recommend starting to workout with small goals like going to the gym 1-3 times a week and drinking more water but something big like aiming for 10-20 lbs within the first month. That sort of goal can discourage you, and unrealistic goals are something you don't need.
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