A body in motion stays in motion. But it isn’t always easy to get started. Finding new ways to keep yourself motivated is a big part of any fitness lifestyle, and especially with CrossFit. We tend to push ourselves hard in every workout, so it’s only natural to start noticing some resistance when the going gets tough. If you’re ever doubting your commitment, or just need to boost your morale, these tips can help:
1. Recall your why. You started your fitness journey for a reason. Is it because you wanted to feel more confident lounging by the pool? For having more energy when you play with the kids in the backyard? Maybe you wanted to feel better so you could take longer hikes more easily and enjoy some great views on vacation. It could just be to get off those prescription meds. Whatever your reason, let that be your guiding light. Remember what matters so you can keep moving toward it.
2. Set realistic milestones. It’s not hard to understand that outrageous goals are a problem. When you aim too high and don’t hit the mark, you’re going to feel bad. You’re more likely to stay motivated when you’re consistently reaching the checkpoints you set for yourself. Now, that isn’t to say you should make things too easy. Find that middle ground, and you’ll have a better chance of having an optimistic outlook from week to week.
3. Put pen to paper. There are loads of studies that say writing down your goals helps you stay focused and achieve them. After you reconsider your milestones, take the time to jot them down so you can read them on a regular basis. Tape them to your bathroom mirror, to the dash of your car, or set them on your desk. While you’re at it, you might want to write down a good motivational quote or two.
4. Check your content. Just like how what we eat affects our body, what we read and listen to can have a big impact on our mind and attitude. If you’re slipping into a fitness funk, you might benefit from adding a little motivation content to your daily routine. Turn on a good podcast or pick up a new book on personal growth or building character.
5. Honor the calendar. Blocking out time for each session is a good tactic to keeping on track, but it only works if you actually follow-through. (Go figure.) When you put something on your calendar, stick to it! Whether that’s coming into the box or planning your next date night, don’t skip doing the things that you care about. Be stubborn about your schedule. If you’ve already planned to work out, don’t let errands or a business call get in the way. More often than not, those things can wait.
6. Keep it fun. That being said, you can’t only be strict and hard on yourself. You’ve also got to be kind to yourself and think about what you want and need. You won’t want to work out if you don’t like the environment, if the people are off-putting, or if it’s just a boring routine. Find the right box for you, and then mix things up and stay motivated with little incentives. Treat yourself to a protein shake after your session or invest in those new shoes you’ve been checking out. The little things make a difference.
7. Tap into your community. A supportive group can help build you up and also hold you accountable. If you’re struggling with discipline, let your CrossFit community know. You’re not alone in this, so be sure to speak up if you need help. A few text messages throughout the week from a friend or planning a private coaching schedule can go a long way for staying motivated. If we can help, be sure to send us a message.