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Motivation Tricks To Reach Your Fitness Goals

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Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.


Motivation is always a hot topic in the fitness world, especially among people who are just starting on their goals. There's a sense of excitement surrounding a new goal, a burst of energy that slowly wanes as the weeks pass. Eventually, that energy disappears and it becomes harder to stick with the new actions. This is true around the holiday months as well. No matter how dedicated someone may be, the cooler temperatures combined with the busy season make it challenging to get everything done.

Most people who know me would describe me as a person who is both organized and dedicated. I love things to be put away in their designated spaces, I'm a big fan of to-do lists, and when I set out to accomplish something, I get it done. I apply this to all areas of my life, including my fitness routine. It was only two short years ago that I seriously set out to overhaul my exercise and nutrition goals, taking responsibility for my weaknesses and transforming them into strengths. I've since reached that first goal and have my sights set on a new destination. Perfect timing, considering the weather and the busy holiday season.

I'm not a fan of cold weather. Something about fall and winter just zaps all my energy. Add to that my intense sweet tooth, and I have all the excuses in the world to not reach my fitness goals. But the truth is, even on those days when I want to throw in the towel, I know that if I can just stick it out, it'll all be worth it.

As passionate as I am, as motivated as I seem, I haven't always been this way. It took time, effort, a few life changes, and a healthy serving of humble pie for me to figure it out. I don't have all the answers, but I do have a few practical tricks up my sleeve that never fail.

Today, I'm sharing them with you. I hope they help as you navigate the holiday season and try to stay warm.

Let's get started.

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

— Yogi Berra

1. A Crystal-Clear Goal

Anytime you are setting a goal, it's important to be as specific as possible. Figure out what it is that you want, why, and then picture that outcome in your mind. What does accomplishing this goal look like? How will you feel? Once you have the final result in mind, it's time to create your action plan. How are you going to get there? What steps will you take, what daily actions will it take to reach this goal? Again, get as specific as possible. Answering these questions are especially important when it comes to fitness goals. Having a crystal-clear picture of what you're trying to achieve, as well as a viable action plan for how you're going to achieve it, will come in handy on those days when the last thing you want to do is workout.

Once you understand the bare minimum that's needed to stay on the right path, you can use that to your advantage on the days when life is busy or your energy is low. I'll give you a prime example. This past week has been chaotic for me. Schedule changes, drastic differences in temperature, and to be honest, I've just been tired. The only day off I had, I woke up feeling cranky. I got my coffee, started lunch, and proceeded with my workout. As I completed my yoga, I started feeling better until something interrupted my flow and needed my immediate attention. After eating, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and devour my book. However, I hadn't reached my daily activity count yet. I only had a little bit left to go, so instead of calling it and ruining my progress, I made a deal with myself. Meet the bare minimum and then I would get to read my book. That's exactly what I did. I met the goal and managed to finish my story that afternoon. I even had time to play a game with my husband and continue reading a different book. Knowing that I met my goal for the day, didn't mess up my recent progress streak, and having the rest of the day to relax did wonders for my mood.

2. Set Yourself Up For Success

This was going to be two tips, but I'm combining them into one because they're of equal importance and play off each other. What's the tip? Have a routine and prepare for the following day.

Some would disagree, but I am not a morning person. I don't enjoy physically getting up early, but I love reaping the benefits. I need silence, coffee, and movement to truly prepare for my day. To ensure that happens, I have to get up early. To do that, I have to get to bed at a decent time that will allow for enough sleep.

You don't have to get up early if that doesn't work for your schedule, but the take away here is to have a solid daily routine. Figure out what you need in the morning and make sure you're up at a time that will allow you to get those things. I'm big believer in getting exercise done first thing, but that might not work for your schedule. If it does, set out your workout clothes so you can put them on when you wake. If you need caffeine, set your coffee maker up the night before so that your coffee is ready for you when you walk out into the kitchen. Provided you workout at home, make sure all your equipment is easily accessible in one spot. If you don't workout in the morning or you like to go to the gym, pack your bag the night before and make sure everything you'll need is in there ready to go.

The same applies when it comes to your diet. Set yourself up for success by packing your lunch instead of eating out. Include snacks so you have no need to raid the vending machine or dive head first into the box of donuts a co-worker brought in. If you're working from home, have foods that support your goal and are easy to put together. No one wants to stand in the kitchen cooking during the workday and the last thing you want to do is fill up on candy bars or chips.

When you have a routine and create these daily habits, it becomes second nature to get your workout done. Suddenly, it's no longer about motivation. That concept doesn't even enter the equation. You just have a routine that allows you to be efficient and productive.

If you employ this tip, you might find that it trickles into other areas of your life. You may surprise yourself with how organized and productive you become.


3. Get Your Priorities Straight

Last, but not least, is a little tough love. We all need it sometimes and although it can be hard to swallow, it's for our own good.

The bottom line is this:

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There are many things in life that are out of your control, but there are three things you always have power over:

  • Your attitude
  • Your actions
  • Your reactions

Again this is true for all areas of life, but it holds up well when it comes to fitness goals. If you want truly want to achieve something, you'll do what it takes to make it a reality. Only waiting for the motivation to strike is a surefire path to failure. Exercise needs to be a priority. Eating for your goals needs to be a priority. With a routine and daily habits, these things become second nature. However, when your energy dips or life gets chaotic, it's not a question. You just get it done. You don't complain, you don't make excuses, you find a way to fit it in. This is discipline at its finest. It's not always easy and it's certainly not always fun, but isn't that life? Life isn't always easy nor is it always fun, but we wake up and go about the day.

Wiser folks are my favorite to chat with. They're the ones in their 60's and beyond who always have the same idea that every day they wake up is a good day. Sure, they might not feel well and they have problems like everybody else. But when you reach a certain age, you put life in perspective. Things that used to bother you no longer do. You place more value on the things in life that truly matter and you don't sweat the small stuff. Adopting that mindset at an early age will take you far.

So the takeaway here is to make your goals a priority. Don't stand in the way of your own progress. Get up and get it done.

© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 22, 2021:

Thank you Dora!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 21, 2021:

Good suggestions. Clear message. "Do whatever it takes." Very helpful.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 21, 2021:

That's setting yourself up for success, but you don't have an issue with any of that, Bill. You're one of the most motivated people I know. Have an awesome Thursday!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 21, 2021:

Most definitely Pamela! Thank you for reading!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 21, 2021:

I bought a walker and a cane today for my upcoming surgery. For the time being, motivation is the least of my problems. :) I hope you are ramping up the excitement level for Halloween.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 21, 2021:

This is an excellent article with good steps to achieve your goals, and you will be healthier as well. I'm sure getting your priorities straight is essential for success.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 21, 2021:

Isn't it strange how it happens gradually? The same was true for me, too. Thank you for stopping by! Have an awesome Thursday!

Liza from USA on October 21, 2021:

I started getting serious about my exercise regime about five years ago. First, it was to fill my free time in the morning, somehow it has developed into a ritual. I do have goals to achieve every day. Usually, I reach the target (how many calories to burn) before stopping working out. Your article is a great motivation for people who want to start or have started working out, Alyssa. Thanks for sharing!

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