Monday, September 11, 2006

How to motivate yourself!

Undergoing a lifestyle change, dieting, packing on muscle, whatever you want to call it, has its ups and downs - its pretty much the wildest rollercoaster one can undergo. One day your at the peak of your game, your rocking, rolling... then come the next day, your burnt, rather sit at home and open the bag of chips... we have all been there!

Motivation is the engine behind our efforts, the thing that pushes us to our limits, when its waining there are ways to overcome it:
  • Look at yourself in the mirror! Flex for a few minutes, perform a variety of poses, imagine yourself at the peak of your condition.
  • Take some pictures, even some in poor or uneven lighting - the lighting will bounce off the very fine detail of your body creating shadows and valleys - when you look at the pictures you will see every muscle! Great motivator!
  • Go to the gym! Take a moment and examine the room, look at everyone pouring the sweat out onto the floor to acheive their dream, if these people can do it, why can't you?
  • Take a break! Sometimes overtraining will cause burnout in the body, its only natural - take a couple days off, allow your energy levels to return to normal, then start fresh.
  • Change your routine - doing the same thing over and over gets boring! Boring leads to no more training - so mix it up! A new routine will create a fresh appeal all over again.
Just a few ideas for everyone to take into consideration the next time they experience the burnout or drop in motivation - we all go through it, but it is simply a test to seperate the strong from the weak.

Happy Training,

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