how to stay motivated

Motivation is a fickle thing

MOTIVATION is a term that is constantly being discussed when it comes to health and fitness. There are a LOT of reasons why … but the biggest one is that motivation smoothes out a lot of bumps on your path to success.

And I want you to be successful. 

Here’s the thing. Your motivation is like a muscle. And just like your physical muscles, you have to work on 1) building your motivation up and then 2) keeping it strong.

It’s so much more fun to be EXCITED about your fitness & wellness than relying on sheer discipline and willpower to see you through. Besides, if you rely on willpower you’ll fail. Nothing personal, that’s just the truth. Feeling motivated also means you’ll be more likely you’ll stick to your program and make real, significant progress.

But … the tricky thing about motivation is that what works for you today might be different than what works for someone else … and also different than what works for you tomorrow.

This is why I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you surround yourself with different tools, tricks, and tactics that keep you pumped up and excited about all the changes you are making! 

It’s also important that you actually USE them on a regular basis!
Now, the most effective way to remain motivated is to create values-based or identity-based goals and to focus on process not outcome. But that’s a more in-depth discussion. Today I want to give you some quick tips for boosting motivation that you can do right away.

This can include:
●     Reading a great book like Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg.
●     Creating a playlist that fires you up (and that you listen to DAILY)
     Crafting an environment so that you aren’t forced to rely on willpower
●     Watch Ted Talks, watch documentaries, and read about inspiring people.
It’s so much easier to STAY motivated than it is to re-motivate yourself over and over again. Setting aside a few minutes every day to work on your motivation is totally worth it!

Another thing that works: having an accountability partner or coach. 

You can’t do this alone

The best accountability partners “get” what you’re working for. They may even be working towards something similar, themselves! They challenge you to be your best, and call you out when you need it. They believe in you, and they help to keep you on-track (and vice versa) no matter what. 

It’s the same with coaches, except with a coach, they will provide you with a proven plan for success. They already know what works and doesn’t, so there’s no guesswork involved, and they can help you get the results you’re looking for FASTER.

I’ve always believed that accountability is KEY to achieving the results you want and deserve. That’s why it’s one of the key components of our programs at Arena Fitness.

If you’re ready to take it to that next level, try us out.
1. Identifying them and writing them down
2. Designing a “tiny habits” daily action plan
3. Having someone to check in with weekly
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Jonathan Aluzas is co-owner of Arena Fitness, a fitness center that offers group training in Encino as well as personal training in Northridge.