1 Do your homework
It’s so important to do a bit of research before you pick your workout routine. Make sure the one you choose is suited to the goals you want to reach.
This will keep you motivated and will ensure that you get the results you want from your training routine.
2 Suit your lifestyle
This point is incredibly important – there is little benefit of picking a six-day workout programme if you can only fit in training three times a week! Make it work for you.
3 Enjoy what you do
Outside of your rugby commitments there are so many options for keeping fit and there is no reason you can’t enjoy yourself as you do it. If you don’t like running, consider a bike ride instead.
4 Change things up
Making some simple changes can have a huge impact on your motivation levels.
This can be in the form of simply swapping up how many sets and reps you are doing, to even just changing the time of day you are training at.
Training with a workout buddy also can make a huge difference to your motivation levels.
Sometimes the company can equate to some friendly and productive competition, and the accountability factor will also be a huge boost to showing up to your sessions.
5 Don’t be too hard on yourself
Many people drop out of their fitness routines early because they miss a session and take a “what’s the point” attitude to their training afterwards.
Don’t throw in the towel, get right back on track and remember its consistency not perfection that makes the difference between getting results and not.
6 Don’t neglect your diet
Make sure you focus on your diet as well as your training!
This sounds like basic advice, but diet has a huge impact on the results you will earn from training, and if you neglect that, not only will you find your training sessions tougher to complete, but your motivation may also take a nose dive if you are not seeing results from all the hard work you are putting in.
Make sure you achieve the best results possible by taking the time out to evaluate if your current eating patterns are helping you make progress, or are they likely to be holding you back.
7 Keep track of your progress
Keeping track of your progress is one of the single most motivating actions you can perform to ensure long term success and attainment of your goals. Making some simple changes can have a huge impact on your motivation levels.
Two ways I have found most success with are:
1) Tracking measurements.
2) Taking progress pictures along the way.
These are both more useful than mere scale measurements alone as your weight can fluctuate daily and also may not be a good reflection of your body composition.
Progress pictures are brilliant as when you see yourself in the mirror daily you may not notice just how far you have come over time.