Whatever your preferred form of exercise, there comes a point where just showing up gets increasingly difficult and you start avoiding the gym, the track, or the pool. The stress of the daily grind, hectic schedules and less than stellar eating habits may lead to low energy levels, thus preventing you from lacing up.
But even if you are on top of your schedule and are eating well, another reason that may cause you to abandon your workout is simply not being motivated enough. Find exercise motivation with these tips that focus on looking for different sources of inspiration that will help you attain your personal best.
Before you embark on any journey, the first thing you have to do is to establish a goal. It’s a simple yet effective technique that will help you get motivated to work out. Very Well Fit shares the secret of employing the SMART principle, which can be broken down as setting specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic, and time-based goals. This provides order into your training program and will inspire you to tick off your goals one by one.
Work Out With a Partner Or a Group
When a voice inside your head tells you to give up, scheduling a workout with a buddy might be exactly what you need to crush your training. While partner workouts are effective, having more people in the room might double or triple your results. NBC News quotes a personal trainer’s observation on the rise of the group exercise trend. Some say that it’s because it brings out their competitive edge; it pushes them to work harder, or become more committed to follow through. No matter the reason, it’s definitely working. Not only is having a group good for finding determination in the gym, as you can also share recipes with each other of your favorite healthy vegan meals and protein shakes.
Get on The ‘Gram
With the proliferation of social media, Instagram has become a source of inspiration for different fields. ‘Fitspiration’ is a famous hashtag that many turn to for their fitness motivation need. The list of vegan fitness celebrities is endless, such as Kino MacGregor for yoga practitioners, Torre Washington for body-building, and Rawvana for a mix of running and gym training. Following your favorite athletes on the platform may inspire you to emulate their discipline in your own fitness goals.
Look For Inspiring Books and Movies
The list of books and movies to draw inspiration from is bountiful. The 2017 documentary film What the Health, for instance, looks into the health consequences of consuming animal products such as obesity, diabetes, and different forms of cancer, all which may be enough to influence anyone to make a lifestyle change. Ultra-trail runner Scott Jurek, whom The Independent calls the greatest of his generation, details his races and fueling on plant-based diet in the memoir Eat and Run. After reading his descriptive accounts, it will be hard not to look for the closest trail and experience running in nature for your own.
Listen to Your Favorite Podcasts
If thumping music doesn’t work for you anymore, pump up your long workout sessions with your favorite podcasts. They have a relaxing effect as opposed to the instant adrenaline rush that most exercise playlists offer, and they stimulate the mind as well. Health IQ includes The Rich Roll Podcast in their recommendations for vegan athletes because of its great mix of nutrition and fitness content. Rich Roll, who turned vegan at 40 and had a drastic lifestyle change, is an inspiration himself. The No Meat Athlete is also a wonderful source of general advice regarding veganism which makes transitioning into a healthier and a more active lifestyle easier.
Track Your Progress
On the days when nothing else will work, looking at your own progress might just do the trick and motivate you to keep pushing forward. Something like the highlights of the Vegan Marathon Challenge here on Vegan Runner Eats might help you figure out whether you’re hitting your target and specific areas for improvement. Ultimately, nothing beats the greatest source of inspiration which you can only find within yourself.
About the author: Victoria Lass is a yoga instructor based in Dallas. She has been on a vegan diet since 2006 after discovering its benefits while exploring yoga.
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