Just a quick reminder to have fun on your fitness journey. Last weekend, some fellow teamF.o.F.’ers and I ran a Spartan Sprint obstacle race. It was an absolute blast! We have all been working really hard on our Beachbody workouts and wanted to see how well we could do. Plus, it’s a great way to just hang out and have fun!
After doing X2, T25 and Body Beast last year I am saw huge differences not only in weight loss and strength gain, but also in endurance. I was definitely feeling up for this challenge. If I would have run this race a year ago, there is no way I could have done some obstacles, much less the 30 penalty burpees! Check out some of these pictures from the race and don’t forget to HAVE FUN WITH FITNESS!
I have posted about momentum before and how to keep going. But I haven’t yet addressed the most important part of guaranteeing success, determining your “why”. Why are you doing P90X3, Focus T25, 21 Day Fix, etc.? Are you doing it for yourself? Someone else? Because you saw some crazy awesome results videos on Youtube and you wanted that?
There are tons of reasons why we have decided to do something about our health and fitness. These reasons are what give us the drive and motivation to keep going. I have several reasons for why I started: 1) As a believer I am called to glorify God with my body. 2) For myself. I felt uncomfortable with my body, 3) For my wife. She deserves someone better than I was, and 4) For my family. I want to be healthy for them and set a good example.
Motivation isn’t always going to be there. There will be days when you don’t want to get out of bed and press play, days where you are tired after work and want to just go to bed. When this happens it is important to remember why you decided to start in the first place.
Have you noticed that when you watch the clock time seems to move incredibly slow? Same goes for the workout clock. Sometime when I’ve started a workout, whether it is P90X or T25, I have felt really tired and looked at the clock and thought, “there is not way that I’m going to make it.” When this happens I try not to look at the total time left and instead focus on the time left for the individual exercise. I’ve even gone as far to put tape over the clock so I won’t be tempted to look. This way I am always focused on finishing the current exercise, not on what is coming next. As Tony Horton says, “You can do anything for 30 seconds.”
This same method of focusing on little chunks of time can be extended to the entire workout program, whether it is 21, 30, 60, or 90 days. We all have the goal to finish the program and want the motivation to get to the big day. But, sometimes motivation just isn’t there and it seems like day 90 will never arrive. When this happens, don’t focus on being 8 Days into the program, focus on nailing the nutrition and pressing play on Day 8. You can do anything for one day!
You guys can do it. You can make it to Day 90 (or however long your program is). Just break down things into smaller chunks of time and ROCK them! Keep bringing it guys, now is not the time to give up. The only people who lose at this workout and nutrition stuff are those that quit. So don’t quit and keep bringing it!