First Blog: Will You Still Be Motivated By February?

Ladies and gents, boys and girls, I'd like to welcome you all to the best fitness blog you'll ever read. Now I've got my amazing website up and running I've made the decision to start blogging as well. After all it is 2018 so its time to get down with the cool kids and get my blog on. I didn't realise I was an I.T genius until I made my website so who knows, blogging might bring out some poetic skills. I'll be blogging about fitness related topics, from staying motivated to different workout routines, nutrition, lifestyle, fad diets and even annoying gym goers. Who knows, I'm just going to go with the flow and we will see where my creative juices take me. The one question I ask myself whilst typing this is, 'Will anyone even read this?'

That's the welcome done, now its time to move on to the topic of: Will you still be motivated by February? Come January every single gym around the world has an influx of new members. Everyone starts off the new year with good intentions and feels super motivated. However, as the months go on, motivation dies down, people give up and we see a decrease of gym memberships. I'm going to give you a couple of tips to stop this happening to you and hopefully you will stay motivated.

My first tip is regarding goals. set yours GOALS and make them SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound. Lets take an example, lose weight would not be a SMART Goal. If you want to make it SMART go through each of the letters and you will end up with something like, I want to lose 10 lbs by the end on May 2018. Its a specific amount of weight, its both achievable and realistic with a 2 lbs loss each month (if started in January) and for time-bound the goal has an end date. I would also recommend setting three goals, one short term (1 - 3 months), a medium term (3 - 6 months) and long term (6 months to a year). By setting yourself SMART goals you are much more likely to stick with them and of course, reach them. So go ahead and set yourself short, medium and long term goals and go and SMASH them all!

Moving on to tip number 2! My second tip is one I use myself every single week. Planning what days you will be going to the gym/running/swimming makes a big difference. When It gets to Sunday you will more than likely know what the coming week has in store for you. This is a great opportunity to plan what days and specific times you will be exercising on. I go through my diary at the end of the week, see what shifts I'm on, when I've got clients booked in, meals out or any other social events planned and then I write in my workout days. Let me give you an average day for me, for example: Monday: Gym early shift 6;15 - 2:15pm, clients at 2.30pm, 4:30pm, 5;30pm, meal out 8pm. From there I can see I have a gap after my first client, therefore I would add to my diary gym session at 3.30pm. My current training regime is 3 gym sessions and 1 run, so I would go through the week and add them all to my diary. This is a great way to stay committed and be consistent with your workouts.

I hope you find my wonderful tips useful and be sure to give them both a try. Don't be just a January gym bunny, keep it up throughout the year and make health and fitness a part of your lifestyle. I hope you've enjoyed reading this, first blog, DONE.

Over and out, Lewis Kirk Day

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