You are consistent with your exercise routines, you sleep regularly, and you’re meeting your weekly fitness goals. Why then do you still feel demotivated?
The truth is, it’s normal for even the most consistent fitness fanatics to occasionally experience a lack of drive. Finding motivation and inspiration to continue your personal road to fitness is a constant challenge.
Fortunately, there are plenty of tried and true methods for avoiding these issues and keeping your head in the game. Here are three to get started with.
1.) Enroll in Dance Classes
Nope, we’re not kidding.
Consider this: When Vasyl Lomachenko was 10 years old, his father and trainer forced him to regularly attend traditional Ukranian folk dancing lessons before he was allowed to continue his boxing training. “You want to be a great boxer? Then you must learn how to dance,” recalled Lomachenko when he told ESPN about his childhood. Today, the man is arguably the greatest lightweight boxer of all time, endowed with the nimble footwork of a well-trained dancer, weaponized for pugilism.
The lesson here is to never underestimate the benefits of diverse and sometimes unusual physical and mental training. Dance lessons can give you a much greater sense of balance and rhythm, and they’re not alone in providing unexpected benefits. Biking for long distances provides low-impact training during recovery; zen archery can help you cultivate the focus necessary for power lifting. Well-rounded athletes often make for the most powerful beasts.
2.) Support Underdog Athletes
There is something inherently motivational about supporting the underdog. It speaks to the little piece of us all that’s constantly striving for outlandish or unlikely achievements.
Victory is all the sweeter when you’re coming from a place of failure or doubt, after all.
It’s something that everyone can relate to, which is why supporting underdog teams and/or athletes can be a great motivational tool for any aspiring athlete.
One sport where there’s no shortage of underdogs is international football, and thanks to the sport’s worldwide popularity, there are virtually unlimited ways to keep track of the relevant players and teams. Football Scores constantly updates its list of live scores for European qualification matches, the Leumit League, the French Nationals, and many other ongoing football circuits, enabling those interested to have a constant feel for the pulse of football. The site allows you to see how underdogs – like, right now, Hampshire’s Havant & Waterlooville F.C or Merkshire’s Maidenhead United F.C. – are doing. From there, you need only tap into one of any number of streaming options to watch the related matches and see your chosen underdogs striving to achieve. It can all be almost surprisingly motivational.
3.) Science Is Your Friend
There’s no doubt that a spiritual or intuitive approach to fitness can help with setting goals and ensuring consistent improvements.
If these approaches work to your favour, so be it.
Just be mindful of the fact that fitness is a science, and you should never just believe any random new approach or ‘fitness fact’ that you find online without first confirming its validity or effectiveness We at Russ Howe PTI are keen on shutting down misleading headlines like the one you might have seen about red wine being better than exercise. Misconceptions like these are a dime a dozen, and you need to be able to stay on top of them if you want to be consistently motivated.
The fitness industry is unfortunately rife with harmful myths that can stall or reverse the progress of even the most dedicated elite athletes. Before making any fitness-related decisions, always do your homework. Science will always have your back.
There are ultimately many more motivational methods than these. But by trying side physical activities, supporting underdogs, and trusting in science you can begin to discover a portion of the range of things that can help to keep your overall fitness routine on track.