We all love the after results, but why do we not love fitness progress?
Exercise is time-consuming, tiring and a chore. That was my mentality once leaving high-school. As a child, P.E was the ultimate classroom escape. It was my time to be given permission to run around and not be talented.
I was too young to pay attention to winning races or being strong enough to climb the rope apparatus. The exception was sports day; I will never quite live down the hockey race where I slowly tried to hit my ball perfectly down my line and everyone else just whacked theirs to the finish.
Middle and secondary school signalled the turn of the tides. Students grew competitive and we developed full awareness of our fitness capabilities.
By the time I was a teenager, I lost my enthusiasm. My scoliosis surgeries took me away from sports for a long time and most of my flexibility no longer existed.
My mind told me that I was not good. And when you feel rubbish at something, the fun can go. When it comes to the love of fitness progress, you have to dig deep to tell yourself that this is what you want.
Cut the negativity
Why would you wake up at crazy o’clock and do a workout, if every part of your being was telling you that you will hate it?
The fact is the science points to fitness being an improvement to your energy, positivity and you get those feel good endorphins. It is not tiring or boring; put your favourite songs on and loosen up. You trust yourself more than anyone else in the world, so do not tell your mind negative thoughts that you will then trust.
Laugh at your skills
When I first went running with my sister, I ended up walking and she managed to rather easily overlap me. And I had to laugh. Because I am not in school anymore and I am not trying to compete.
Embrace your weird exercise face, your wild hair and your numerous breaks. It is ok to be new as you will then feel that much better when you start to perform well.
If you go in with a light attitude, the pressure can disappear and that itself will increase your workout enjoyment.
However large or small your achievement, give yourself an extra incentive. And I do not mean – indulge in extra cravings.
After a long cardio session, I love taking a bath. It is kind of rare treat now due to the time I take. I have bath bombs, bubble bath, candles and I spray a lovely fragrance in the room.
Appraise your hard work
I make a point of writing down each session of exercise. Instead of a to-do list, I create a daily memo on my phone where I type each task that I want to recognise. It is a self-love assignment and it feels fantastic when I can appreciate my fitness.
Remember and love fitness progress benefits
- Self love
Decide exactly what you want from fitness. Is your progress about toning up or losing weight, is it about taking care of yourself or even a way to push yourself daily – possibly all three. Either way, consistently focus on these benefits and recall them, each instance you feel like making up an excuse.
Do you love fitness progress? What are your best motivation tips?