Hacking Motivation – how to stay motivated towards your fitness goals

Ever feel like you’re struggling for motivation to get to the gym?

Or you started strong for a few weeks but now you’ve lost your motivation?

Motivation is having a reason to act in a certain way.

The motivation we start our fitness journey could be:

  • wedding in a few months
  • vacation coming up soon
  • doctor recommended
  • frustrated with how you look/feel
  • inspired by another person and want similar results

Regardless of why you start, the key factor is that there is always a reason to get you going in the first place. The problem however is that the motivation you started with isn’t what keeps you going in the long run.

So, how do we stay motivated? How do we find new motivation when what we started with is lost? How do we get back on track?

By hacking motivation.

How do we hack motivation?

Success.

Success is how you stay motivated.

Let me explain.

In all the reasons why we start, there is some goal we are trying to achieve. There is some end point that we are moving towards.

This goal is the initial source of our motivation. However, it can also become the reason we get discouraged.

  • we aren’t seeing results
  • it’s taking longer than we thought
  • it’s harder than we thought

We lose motivation because we aren’t seeing the success we want to see.

Hacking motivation is creating success where it seems we have none.

We don’t feel or see success because of the perspective we have. In most cases, we are purely looking at the end goal or some big picture change.

In relation to our end goal, it may look like nothing has changed or we’re failing.

What we’re not seeing are the small changes and little successes we’ve reached. Our perspective is on what we’re NOT achieving vs what we ARE achieving.

An example:

I want to lose 20 lbs. 3 months after starting I’ve only lost 3. This perspective is frustrating and incredibly demotivating!

By only looking at pounds lost, I lose motivation.

However, if I look at smaller wins or other factors, I might see success.

My success might look like:

  • I’m more active and exercising regularly than I was before
  • I’m eating healthier most of the time
  • I’m actually feeling better and have more energy in the day
  • I’m sleeping better
  • My digestive issues have decreased
  • I’m feeling stronger in my body
  • I’m 3 lbs less than where I started!

By changing our perspective and finding the small wins, we can see the success we are having. By seeing the successes we feel more positive about what we are doing and stay motivated.

If you’re ever feeling demotivated on your health journey, change your perspective.

Find what you are achieving instead of only focus on what you haven’t achieved and you’ll be better able to continue pushing for your goal.

Find the success.

~ Chad

Sound too good to be true? Comment below and we can chat!

 

Life is now, why wait till January?

Why wait till January

Hello, I’m the newest Fitness Coach to join the dynamic team of AnthroPhysique. As this is my first blog post, I wanted to give you a quick intro and tell you how excited I am to be a part of this team! I feel so passionate about what I do, it’s amazing to be supported by like-minded people that are so talented in their profession. I hope you will read my bio to learn about me and what I do.

As 2017 is creeping up, I am reminded of my own fitness journey I began in March. In the last nine months my life has been filled with positivity more than ever before. While I owe much of that to fitness, it was also my desire to make a change that drove my results home. Many of us are creatures of habit, and while we may adapt to many of life’s arbitrary circumstances, we often neglect the real need to change.

 

Why wait till January
(left, pregnant 2014; middle, March ’16; right, Nov ’16)

I’m not sure why we wait until unfortunate events take place to adjust our forward-thinking. I compare it to being in a dysfunctional relationship and waiting for the other person to breakup so you don’t have to be the asshole. You both know it isn’t working, why drag it out?

Our lives are constantly going through an ebb-and-flow, there is no better time than the present to take initiative. In my own life, I hid behind my anxiety. I thought that if I avoided confrontation, or let opportunities pass, I was simply just missing out on that one thing — but I couldn’t have been more narrow-minded. When we limit ourselves from things we fear, our inaction replaces experiences, passion, and most of all, living. Life is now, why wait until January to start working towards your goals?

These are a few of my philosophies. Take advantage of today, because if you start today, you won’t regret it tomorrow.

Well I guess for my first post we just jumped right into things here didn’t we?!?

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!

~ Alice

To follow more of my day and lifestyle, check out my Instagram.

Lost Motivation to Exercise? This is Why:

I was talking with my coaches the other day about ideas to help people get started. We got into talking about things like intro offers, New Years resolutions, bikini prep and wedding dress goals. I was saying how these are key times where lots of people use that motivation to get started, but it’s also where most people don’t stick to it.

I told my coaches that the reason people don’t stick to it is because the motivation they start with won’t last. It’s our jobs as coaches to help our clients continually find the motivation that keeps them going.

What I’ve learned over the years is that motivation doesn’t last. The things we wanted when we were younger, we don’t really want any more. The things we want now, we may want in the future.

This is either because our goals change, or we actually get the thing we wanted.

Let’s say I want a sweet car that’s lowered and has a loud stereo. (Cough cough, yes, I did want that when I was younger) However, this isn’t something I want today. I don’t want it anymore because I actually got a car like that at one point. I reached my goal.

The same is true with my motivation to exercise.

When I was younger, I wanted to gain more muscle and weight because I wanted to be huge. I thought it would be cool to walk around and be this big jacked dude. It was a key reason as to why I lifted weights, trained regularly and ate what I ate.

Today however, my body goals have changed. Today my goal is more about just staying healthy and my definition of fitness.

Another common one I see is the “wedding dress” goals. I’ve had plenty of clients that went strong for 3-6 months and achieved their goals for their wedding and fitting into their wedding dress.

Can you guess what happened after the wedding?

Unfortunately, many of them stopped training. They achieved their goal, never set a new one and lost motivation.

The point here is that it’s not uncommon and nor is it a bad thing to “lose your motivation”. In my experience it’s completely normal and part of the process.

They key is that you’re constantly adjusting your goals and adapting your motivation.

Trust me, the motivation you start with won’t last. But it doesn’t have to. It’s a continuous process of constantly re-assessing your self and your goals and finding a NEW motivation.

Being motivated to get started is important, but finding new motivation to keep you going is key!

~ Chad

Saturday Series – The Day 1 Mindset

If you’ve ever started a new fitness routine or diet strong only to fall off the wagon after a couple of months, this new mindset is for you!

The Day 1 mindset is the simple belief that: every day is day 1.

Day 1 is typically the first day of doing something. After day 1 you continue on with day 2, day 3, day 4, etc. Simple right?

It’s kinda like you start something one day and then continue on forever. With the all or nothing mindset, this is what you’d believe. You get one chance to start and then from there it’s 100% forever. If not it’s all over and you’re back to nothing.

By adopting a day 1 mindset, you start to build the belief that every day is a new chance to start over.

It focuses on building the getting started muscle and helps you realize that every day is a new day to pursue your goals.

Any time you strive for a goal it’s going to take many twists and turns and ups and downs to get there. Reaching a goal is never a linear path. There will be setbacks, struggles and failures.

Building habits and momentum is great, but it’s not JUST the momentum that will get you there. Even if you’ve done something for 21 days in a row and supposedly built a habit, it’s still hugely beneficial to see the next day as day 1 again. The focus shifts from “not breaking the streak” to “today is another chance to keep going in the right direction”.

 

Just because you succeeded at something yesterday, doesn’t mean you’re going to succeed at it today.

 

This may sound daunting at first because getting started is the hard part, but you’ll notice a change after a while. You’ll start to see that day 1 gets easier and easier. The momentum you build helps solidify this belief. Eventually, if or when you miss a day, the next day is still day 1 again and it’s not as hard to get back on track.

 

If you can realize that every single day is a brand new day and a brand new chance to take one more step forward in the right direction, then you truly have the day 1 mindset.

 

You lose the fear of failing because the next morning it no longer matters.

I challenge you to give this a try for the next 30 days. See every day as day 1 and let me know if it starts to get easier.

~ Chad

If you liked this, I recently wrote another post on the same topic. Even further back in time, I wrote an article about the All-or-Nothing mindset which is worth a read as well 😉

 

Getting started – it’s the only thing that matters

Getting Started - it's the only thing that matters

Getting started on something is usually the hardest part. I believe it’s the only thing that matters!

I actually wrote a similar version of this article about a year and a half ago but just realized I never got around to publishing it…

I apologize because I feel I prevented a learning opportunity for you.

I’m writing about it again now because I had a new realization about this concept the other day. I even did a Snapchat rant about it.

Continue reading “Getting started – it’s the only thing that matters”

Screw the new years resolution – why starting in December is a better decision

Getting in shape is one of the most common new years resolutions.

It’s very well known in the Fitness industry that January is the busiest month of the year. The gym owners know it, the marketers know it, the newly hired staff know it and even the “regulars” know it.

Even YOU know it.

Answer this honestly:

How many times have you started a new fitness goal in January?

If it’s more than once, this article is for you. Read on.

New Years Resolution 1 Continue reading “Screw the new years resolution – why starting in December is a better decision”

Getting started… the hardest part.

We all know the drill… “I’ll start on Monday”… “I’ll start when I have money for a gym membership”… “I’ll start tomorrow”… “I need new running shoes”.

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Getting started is the hardest part of any good habit, but your health is so darn important that when it comes down to it, we should just START. I’ve always been an all or nothing type of gal. Either I’m on the wagon or off the wagon, but the older I get the more I realize the importance of just doing something, anything, to enrich your health every day. Why not take the stairs today, or do 10 squats before jumping into the shower, maybe even STARTING your fitness regime today. Why is it so hard? Is it because we think the little things don’t matter? That they don’t add up? It’s not true! They do! So lets all start today shall we?

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The experts say that it’s easiest to start a new healthy habit with some outside help. Don’t try to go it alone. A friend, a trainer or an online coach like Chad can help you to hold yourself accountable and to get the results that you’re looking for. Wether it’s to lose a few pounds, tone up or just to get your insides as healthy as they can be, you’ll need some support and a plan. I use my calendar to set up dates with my running shoes so I can see it in writing and see where it fits into my schedule each day. It’s amazing to me to see exactly where I do have time to fit it in… when I would normally be watching Real Housewives I can go for a walk, I could actually be getting healthier instead of dumber, who knew?!

So, I’ll be making a plan to get out there and be active at least 3 days a week. What’s your plan this week?