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I Can't Be Arsed To Exercise...

Finding Motivation and Discipline When You Need It Most.

We've all been there - that moment when the mere thought of training seems like an insurmountable task. The couch seems more inviting, and the excuses pile up. But fear not, because you hold the power to overcome this inertia and unleash your inner motivation to train. In this blog, we're going to dive into practical strategies to turn your "I can't be arsed" attitude into a triumphant "I've got this!" mentality.

Find Your Why:

Before you even lace up your trainers, take a moment to remind yourself why you want to train in the first place. Whether it's improving your health, building strength, boosting your mood, or reaching a specific goal, reconnecting with your "why" can provide a powerful surge of motivation. To compound this, try have mutliple motivations and 'why's' to rely on. One day you could be training because its good for your mental health and need to destress. Another week your drive might be to get stronger and boost fitness. Sometimes your why to train might be as simple as spending time with fitness friends and building that social bond that makes you feel good.

Set Realistic Goals:

Setting achievable goals is like mapping out a journey. Break down your big goal into smaller milestones. Celebrate each milestone achieved, as these victories will keep you motivated along the way. Remember, progress is progress, no matter how small and usually with fitness goals the progress is always small. When you have clear understanding of what you are trying to do and a realistic expectation of how you will likely progress, the more you find you will be consistent with your training and exercise.

Create a Routine:

It's not really a surprise but... consistency is the key to success. Establishing a routine that includes your training sessions will make it a non-negotiable part of your day. Treat it like an appointment with yourself that you wouldn't miss. In a busy world of work, parenting and life demands people can easily down play the importance of exercise. Creating an importance for your health and fitness and building a routine where a few days a week your training and exercise is non-negotiateable

Mix it Up:

Doing the same thing over and over can get monotonous. Keep your training exciting by mixing up your workouts. Try new exercises, explore different fitness classes, or switch between cardio and strength training to keep things fresh and engaging. Witness The Fitness understands importance of this and offers one of the most fun and varied training schedules. Meaning its members can access an array of strength, cardio or hybrid sessions. Keeping training fresh and exciting.

Find Accountability:

Sharing your fitness journey with a friend or joining a fitness community can provide an extra layer of motivation. When you know someone else is expecting you to show up, you'll be less likely to skip a session. A strong positive community like Witness The Fitness can ensure you feel motivated and accountable towards your own goals.

Reward Yourself:

Set up a reward system for yourself. After completing a certain number of workouts, treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a movie night, a new book, or a spa day. This positive reinforcement can help you stay motivated in the long run. The key to an effective reward system is to ensure the target is fairly challenging and when you look at the work you have done it is worth the reward.

Embrace Progress, Not Perfection:

Don't beat yourself up over missed workouts or occasional setbacks. Remember that setbacks are a natural part of any journey. Focus on the progress you've made and the positive changes you're experiencing. Working towards goals is always about small gradual improvements over time.

Practice Self-Compassion:

Be kind to yourself. Negative self-talk will only drag you down. Remember the moment your sessions dont go to plan or you have setbacks, its not the end of world. Treat yourself with the same encouragement and kindness you would offer a friend. Every step forward is a victory worth celebrating.

Banishing the "I can't be arsed" mindset requires a shift in perspective and a commitment to change. Remember, motivation often follows action, so start with a small step. As you build momentum and witness the positive impact of your efforts, you'll find that motivation becomes a powerful ally in your fitness journey. You have the potential to transform "I can't" into "I can and I will." So, let's get started - lace up those sneakers and let the journey towards a healthier, stronger, and more motivated you begin!