Written by: Jonathan Simpson

Staying motivated on a fitness journey can be extremely hard, especially if you’re a beginner.
These 5 simple tips aim to help keep you consistent and give you the necessary drive you need to achieve your goals.

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1. Track Your Progress

Nothing can motivate you more than seeing results. Whether it be recording your workouts or taking before and after photos of your body, having a way to measure your progress is essential for staying motivated.
Try snapping a photo of yourself every 60 days to track your body’s changes or if your goal isn’t changing your body, you can keep track of deadlift weights, distances run or steps taken.

 

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2. Use an App

There is an app for just about everything these days and that includes fitness. There are several
health apps that can assist you in tracking your exercise progress, recording your diet and
keeping you motivated. There are even apps with free workout routines that you can follow for
results.
“Using an app to track your food is a great way to learn about the nutritional value of foods,”
says Organic Innovation who specialise in protein powder, “If you know exactly what you’re
putting into your body, you’re more likely to achieve your goals”.
Apps are awesome because it makes recording easy and means you can workout from the
comfort of your own home, often for free.
“If you can make your workout routine easy and convenient you are more likely to stick to it,”
notes home gym vendor Xtreme Gym, “Fitness apps make working out from home easier than
ever”.

 

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3. Keep it Fresh

You wouldn't watch the same movie over and over so why do the same stale workout? Getting
bored is the leading reason people break their routine so if you can switch up your workout
routine regularly.
Even changing your jogging route or working out a different body part will be enough to stop you
from getting stagnant.

 

4. Listen to a Podcast

While Music is a great motivator, especially if you are doing a high-intensity workout, podcasts
are an incredible way to change your perception of a workout. If you feel like you're getting
entertainment during your session you may find you'll look forward to it more. Try incentivising
yourself by saving your favourite podcast episode for when it's time to exercise. Ebooks work
too!

5. Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself with a new workout outfit, gym membership or extra time TV time are all
great motivators. If you have something to look forward to you are more likely to keep yourself
accountable.

“A positive mindset is essential for staying motivated with fitness of any kind” explains the
martial arts professionals at Yushukana Applied Karate, “If you can show gratitude and reward
yourself for taking care of your body, you’ll have a good chance of developing a good relationship with exercise”.
Having a reward gives you a reason to keep going and it will make achieving your goals that much more rewarding.