Garage Gym Planner, a site that offers popular expert-curated reviews about fitness equipment, interviewed 100 of the country’s leading health and fitness experts to get their top three tips for the New Year. It’s that time of the year when thousands of people sign up for new gym memberships and then a majority of them just give up the very next week or month. The first question on everyone’s mind is “How to get fit in 2017?” a close second is “How do I motivate myself to stay fit?” Here’s ten health and fitness professionals’ top tips for fitness:
DREW MANNING, Author and Fitness Expert, Fit2Fat2Fit.com
Here’s my 3 tips for 2017:
Yes, being healthy and fit needs to start from a place of love for you and your body. If you want to change your body out of hate, then you’ll never truly appreciate the body.
Change Your Relationship With Food
Let go of the all or nothing mentality and stop beating yourself up if you end up eating foods that aren’t on your meal plan. Instead focus 1 thing you can change per day that will help you.
It’s not like meditation will get you 6 pack abs, but meditation has been one of the best things I’ve done to change my health this past year. I know it sounds weird, but give it a try.
TONY HORTON, World-Class Motivational Speaker and Author
In order to show up to a workout you need to schedule it and you need to stay accountable. People set appointments for everything else in their daily lives except their fitness.
Find A Purpose
You need a real purpose. Because even though watching numbers on a scale might be enough to motivate you for a few weeks or months, it’s not going to sustain your for a lifetime.
Pay Yourself First
Give yourself rewards. If you reward yourself after a workout, or when you reach goals you’ve set for yourself, you are more likely to look forward to your workout.
HEATHER BLACKMON, Coach and Owner, Fit Aspire
My best 3 tips for staying motivated:
Know Why Fitness Is Important
Go beyond hitting a weight goal or certain pair of jeans. Dig into how your life will change if you stick with your goal.
Accountability is another key to staying motivated. Enlist a friend or family member with similar goals to join you in your journey.
Another key to stay motivated is to see the results of your work. Sometimes progress is hard to see objectively for yourself, so tracking key metrics helps you to see results more clearly.
DAI MANUEL, Digital Thought Leader and Lifestyle Mentor
Block a minimum of 30 minutes EVERY day to improve your body, mind, and spirit (no exceptions! Get selfish on this one)
Prioritize Proper Sleep And Hydration
Think sleep and hydration – make them a priority – getting these 2 things in order will make 2017 closer to awesome!
Smart Nutrition Choices
When it comes to eating, make smarter decisions and ask yourself if what you’re eating is taking you further away from your goal. Get rid of the guilt and choose better.
BRENDAN BAKER, Personal Development Blogger, Start of Happiness
Have A Goal.
I will easily run under 4 hours in the Sydney Marathon. Or, I will easily lose 10kg by the end of Q1 (31 Mar 2017), Or, I will easily exercise 40 times for at least 25 minutes.
Create A Strategy
Every Sunday night, schedule your exercise sessions into your calendar. Plan out exactly what you will be doing each session.
Do It First Thing Each Morning
There are so many benefits to working out first thing in the morning. Firstly, you increase your overall confidence because you smash a goal first thing in the morning.
KERI GANS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
My top 3 motivation tips are:
Take It Slow
Any movement is better than sitting on your couch; so please don’t think only running a marathon will do.
Find The Fun
There are so many different types of fitness to choose from; therefore, no reason for you to get stuck doing something you don’t enjoy.
Building flexibility and strength doesn’t happen overnight; but the results of your commitment will last a lifetime.
JEFFREY I. MOORE, Founder, Every Day Power Blog
Wake up and drink 4 cups of water. This will improve your energy and your mood.
Channel Your Energy
Try to do something during the weekdays and go super hard on the weekends. Be thankful you’ve done something even when you’re ‘busy’.
Getting in great shape takes time and consistency. Enjoy your fitness journey and don’t rush it.
STEVE MUELLER, Founder, Planet of Success
Here’s my tips:
Have A Fitness Goal
When it comes to fitness motivation, it’s really important to have a goal. Remind yourself why you are exercising and what you want to accomplish with each exercise.
Don’t Rush Results
The second tip is that you really need to make yourself aware that it takes time to see results. People have really high expectations and give up when they don’t see immediate results.
Never give up and to draw inspiration from people that have already accomplished what you are trying to achieve.
NEEN JAMES, Motivational Keynote Speaker
Make Yourself Accountable
Public accountability drives private accountability. Hire a coach, recruit a friend, do whatever you have to do to tell someone what you want to achieve and then report back regularly.
Schedule Your Workouts On Sundays
Spend 15 minutes each week mapping out what runs you want to do, what gym workouts you want to do – whatever you enjoy make it a calendar appointment.
Place Workout Gear Beside Your Bed Each Night
If you are a morning person you are more likely to put it on and get out the door, this is especially important if you travel a lot for work.
TERRY ASHER, Certified Personal Trainer, Gym Junkies
Eat Real Food!
Avoid anything and everything that is processed and/or artificial. Don’t skip breakfast – eat more often and consume calorie dense healthy foods.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Sign up & pay for classes ahead of time, make your workout a priority. Schedule your workouts just like any other appointment in your daily or weekly schedule.
Take Before And After Photos
Seeing improvement in your own body is highly motivating! Once you notice that you are able to transform your body into the best version of yourself, there is no going back.
Workout Motivation Quote #2
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, seven-time Mr. Olympia