Do you find yourself making excuses to get out of training?

Motivation is broadly defined as all factors that cause humans and other animals to behave the way they do. Motivation is a key contributor to success.

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Exercise is a healthy thing. But sometimes our approach to exercise is not. Our mental state when we walk into the gym or studio in Brighton or Hove can do more damage than junk food ever could. Mental toughness has been described as one of the most important characteristics of success in athletic endeavours.

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Mental toughness components:

  1. Hope
  2. Optimism (example question: In uncertain times, I usually expect the best)
  3. Resilience (example question: I do not dwell on things that I can’t do anything about)
  4. Perseverance (example question: I am often so determined that I continue working long after other people have given up)

Perseverance and hope (belief in the ability to get out of trouble) seemed to be the most important factors in determining a person’s mental toughness.

Stress, lack of sleep and anxiety are the top factors most damaging to an athlete’s success. Managing stress and getting enough sleep is important and ignoring its importance can derail all your hard work.

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So how to stay motivated? HERE is how:
1. Be Goal-Driven
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to become frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.

2. Make Your Goals Fun
Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery — and you’re more likely to stick with a fitness program if you’re having fun.

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3. Put it on Paper
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Sleep better? Write it down. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper may help you stay motivated.
You may also find it helps to keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts can help you work toward your goals — and remind you that you’re making progress.

4. Give Yourself a Reward
After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help, too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.

5. Make physical activity part of your daily routine
If it’s hard to find time for exercise, don’t fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up and down sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night.

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