Hey there! John here and I hope you are kickin butt with your fitness and fat loss goals. Enjoy the post on finding inspiration and if remember to forward and share it with friends and family with the links at the bottom!
A lot of times people will ask me, “John don’t you ever relax and not work out? Don’t you get tired of it sometimes?”
My answer: “Of course I relax sometimes and occasionally hit a lull in workouts.” (contrary to popular belief I am human just like you . Even me, the San Jose personal trainer has his moments from time to time.
For example, after vigorously training last year for an Olympic Triathlon, I took a full week off of exercise…partly to let my body recover and partly because I was a bit over it. However, I did keep my nutrition in check during my “off” period and took care of my body in other ways such as foam rolling and PNF stretching.
So the question is, how do you find inspiration to continue to do your workouts and your quest for your ideal figure?
1) It all starts with what you really want.
No I’m not talking about “Hey I want to lost 15 pounds.”
I’m talking about “I want to lost 15 lbs and tone up my body so I can fit into my jeans I used to wear before I had kids.” That’s what I’m talking about.
2) Then you need to dig even deeper….
WHY do you want to achieve these goals? What is it going to do for you? How will you feel when you obtain them? Will it change anything for you? Is there any reward when you achieve it (like maybe a shopping spree ??
Be specific about this and uncover all the emotional attachments you have to not only GETTING into great shape, but STAYING in great shape. Sometimes, once people achieve their goals they don’t feel as excited to continue on maintaining their great shape and fitness and this can be dangerous as it could lead to regressing right back to where they started. As a bootcamp instructor and personal trainer for San Jose and Campbell I have seen this many times so don’t let this happen to you.
Instead, think more about all the great benefits exercise gives you in terms of energy, maintaining that great figure you have achieved, more self-confidence and perhaps even the ability to indulge in some finer foods every now and then Not to mention that sometimes you just feel like wonderwoman or superman!
3) Get Creative!
Another way to stay pumped up with your fitness and fat loss goals is to stay creative! Keep your workouts fun, challenging and changing. This is one of the main things we do in Fast Action Training! (which if you would like to try for a week free, you can click here!) You can even get out on the weekend and do a kick butt outdoor workout! (For some additional hints on exercises you can do on a playground check out the “PlaygroundWorkout” I created.)
4) Sign up for an event!
One of the ways that I like to keep myself inspired to do exercise is to challenge myself with various events. For example, after signing up for the San Jose Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon, I also signed up for the Wharf-to-wharf. This allowed me to train and get ready for a 10K and then keep my training up for the big 13 miler! And for those of you that know me, I’m not the biggest fan of running!
So go online and find an event that you can start with. Maybe it’s only walking a 5K but it is something! And something to motivate and inspire you to exercise more frequently and hopefully with a bit more intensity Who knows, maybe I’ll schedule an official Fast Action Training race and we’ll all sign up and stay inspired together!
Good luck and stay motivated!
Dedicated to your success,
P.S. I’d love to hear your comments below and perhaps what inspires and motivates you to exercise!