How to stay motivated

The most popular questions I get asked are how do you keep it going, how do you stay motivated, how do you get to the gym X amount of times a week and how do you stick to your diet?

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When people need motivation it’s not because they lack motivation I usually find it’s because what they’re doing on their quest for health and fitness is not enjoyable! If your exercise plan or diet isn’t right for you then you’re going to hate it, of course, you’re going to struggle to stick to it. If I was doing some bullshit fasted cardio to lose body fat and I didn’t know any better, I’d last a week before I’d quit.

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One of the most important questions I ask my clients is ‘how often can you exercise?’ and ‘what do you like doing?’ I know that because they like it, they will stick to it, Zumba, Aqua class, CrossFit, resistance training, yoga even power walking; these are all options people enjoy and if it gets them moving then great.

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Yes there are exercises that are going to be optimal for improving body composition such as weight training and that can be a small part of someone’s exercise regime but they have got to enjoy it on the whole. And there lies the secret sauce, adherence!

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It is the same with diet, if I tell you it’s chicken and broccoli for the rest of your days, you’re going to say ‘Andy fuck off!’ This is why food plans are stupid. You’ve fashioned your diet over years, you have cultivated your taste buds and you eat at convenient times. To completely overhaul your diet is ludicrous! You won’t last very long before it’s throw in the towel time and you are back eating your normal diet.

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I have had friends tell me that they had done a certain personal trainer’s, let’s call him Joe, diet plan and they lasted just a couple of weeks. Because ‘prepping like a boss’ and ‘eating clean’ is a complete overhaul and miles away from their normal diet, no wonder only 10% of the people that purchase his plan complete it!

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So when you’re thinking about exercise and diet think about the stuff that you enjoy and you won’t need motivation, you’ll want to do it!

Published by Andrew Shaw

Personal Trainer Chocolate connoisseur Lifts weights Holiday lover I interview fitness folk on YouTube

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