How to stay motivated during the Summer Months
Let’s face it, the summer is always a tough time to stay motivated in achieving your health and fitness goals. The kids being home from school cuts in to finding extra time for mom to fit in her workout. The summer is also a lot hotter so you just don’t feel like working out in the heat. Summer is also a time when you travel more than usual. Whatever the case may be, from a fitness professional’s point of view, we know the next 3-4 months are always a tough time get our clients motivated.
Here are 4 incredible ways to help keep you motivated this summer.
1. Pay for the motivation – Many people have the motivation but they do not have the knowledge to actually put an effective program in place. There are many different fitness programs our there that provide coaching, knowledge, education, and someone to MOTIVATE you during the tough summer months. You can pay for boot camp, yoga, Pilates, personal training, or just about any fitness type of program these days. Most of them are relatively inexpensive (besides private personal training) and give you the motivation you would not otherwise get on your own. There is also the motivation that you put your hard earned money into they program…so you better use it! Most people end up NOT going to the local gym because it’s so cheap they just factor it in with their monthly bills. If you are paying for a programmed fitness service then you are more likely to show up for the sessions. I know if I pay for something, I am going to show up and participate as much as I can to make sure I get my money’s worth.
2. Get a friend or a group of friends together – The reason why the Get You In Shape boot camp and our 24 Day Challenge has been so successful is because it’s a group of folks interested in achieving the same results. The group support and motivation along with a personal trainer leading the group is one reason why we highly suggest both of these programs to anyone looking to get started. You can do the same by getting a friend or a group of friends together during the summer. Sitting down and covering some goals you would like to achieve and helping each other stay accountable to those goals will help motivate you to do the things necessary to help you stay on track during the summer months. You will also need to write down the things you will need to do each week as a group in order to help you achieve these goals. For example, exercise 3-5 times a week, stay on track together on the nutrition, and have regular measurement and weigh in days. There is a reason why Weight Watchers and other weight loss centers have such great results and that is the motivation behind having a support group.
3. Find a 5K or athletic event and focus on preparing for it. One of our 5 steps in the Get You In Shape Program is defining goals and motivation. Having a goal or something to shoot for during the hard summer months can help motivate you the (many) days you may not feel like working out. Many of our boot campers and clients have started training for different races or events. Some have done the Mud Run, the Tough Mudder, and Jail Break. Others have prepared for a 5k, 10k, or even half-marathons. Most of these come with a “how to” on preparing for the event which will allow you to have a week by week blue print on what you need to do each day to prepare for the race or event.
Knowing that you have a few months helps you stay motivated to eat better, take care of your body and train. Even if you have a bad day or week, you always have that race or event in mind to help you get “back on the horse.” It’s is not so much the actual run or race but the time and preparation that helps keep you going and motivated. It’s more about the journey then the destination, right? So look online for a local event or run and start getting ready for it.
4. Pick a major event coming up to focus on – Many of our Get You In Shape Boot Camp clients and Personal Training clients come to us because they have a major event coming up. Weddings, reunions, trips, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few major life events. Whatever it may be, focus on that event and start planning on what steps you need to start taking in order to be in the best shape you can by the time the event comes around. Knowing your going to be in a wedding or have a wedding to attend in a few months can be a huge motivation for someone looking to lose weight or tone up. Have that be the motivational tool behind your summer nutrition and workout plans. A lot of people have a goal to look good on the beach. If that is you, you have to have a plan in place in order to stay motivated to actually look good when the time comes. Pick that event, plan on what you will need to do in order to achieve results, and START.
There are only four tips because you can pick any one of these four and stay in shape during the tough summer months. Good Luck and let us know if you have any questions.
Oh and one more thing – if you’re serious about taking your health and fitness to the next level this year, why not take advantage of a free boot camp session or consultation with us. Go to our sign up page to do that.
Remember – If you focus on results, you will never see change.
If you focus on CHANGE, you will ALWAYS see RESULTS.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have
been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20.