With the new year coming up we’re all promising ourselves to eat healthier and work out more. And while some might be able to stick to that resolution, the majority of us will be back to our old ways before January is even over. But don’t worry, we’re here to show you how to boost your workout motivation and follow through with your 2018 resolution!
Set up goals
Knowing what you’re working towards is key when it comes to staying motivated. Having one big end-goal keeps you set on what you’re ultimately working towards, but setting up smaller short-term goals is what will actually get you to that final stage. Try to come up with specific goals that are easy to measure and that you can achieve within a couple of weeks. They don’t have to be related to visible results but could instead be focused on your performance, like working out a certain number of times a week for example. This puts less pressure on you and makes it more fun to work towards your goal, since you won’t be as afraid of failure.
Our app Seven makes setting and reaching goals both fun and easy. The big long-term goal in Seven is completing the 7 Month Challenge, where you work out 7 minutes every day for 7 months straight. You will be able to track and follow your progress, and every 2 months you’re rewarded with a free new workout. Plus, with 48 different achievements to unlock along the way, you’ve got your short-term goals covered too.
Track your progress
Tracking your work is a must if you want to stick to your resolution. That way you can look back on the progress you’ve made whenever you’re in a workout funk, and motivate yourself to get back on track. How you decide to do this is completely up to you. You could track your progress in pictures and keep them all together in a folder on your phone. Another idea is to write down how many repetitions you can do or how long it takes to run a certain distance each week. That way you can see how you gradually improve and get stronger.
Don’t compare yourself
Some people find comparing themselves to others motivating, while others just find it discouraging. All that matters is your health and progress, so remember to focus on yourself and to stay away from social media if it puts you down rather than inspires you.
Try different forms of exercise
Getting tired of the same old workout routine? Why not try something new? Switch up the exercises, try a dance class or go swimming. The key to staying motivated is to keep your training varied, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Combine with something you love
If you still find yourself coming up with lousy excuses for not working out, this tip is a safe bet for getting your butt off the couch. Combine working out with doing something that you love! It could be watching an episode of your favorite TV show, or listening to your favorite podcast, music or audio book. Whatever it is, only let yourself do this thing while you’re working out. That way, if you’re in the middle of a really good audio book, you have to work out since it’s the only way you can continue listening. Works like a charm!
Setting a reminder on your phone is a great way to remind yourself to get your daily workout in. Or, if you prefer a little extra boost, our app Seven has fun motivational built-in reminders, so that you can never use “oops, I forgot” as an excuse ever again.