5 Ways To Become More Self-Disciplined
By Kiera Smalls
Raise your hand if you have a gym membership that you pay for but don't actually frequent *raises hand*. You saw that there was a deal for $20/month and thought it was the perfect incentive to get you going to the gym again. Then it happened: you get inside, do your normal routine, and then quickly lose motivation to go again.
Maybe you're bored with your workouts or maybe you lack discipline to stick to your routine. If the problem is the latter, and for many of us, it is, we want to help change that. Here are five ways to stop wasting money, get more disciplined, and get yourself back into the gym/studio (that you're already paying for anyway).
GET A GYM PARTNER OR PERSONAL TRAINER
Find someone that has the same (or very close to) schedule as you and plan to go to the gym together. You don't just need someone to text you something motivational (although that may help!), you may need someone to be there with you every step of the way.
STAY FOCUSED BUT HAVE FUN
Remember that the reward will come but you have to put the work in. There's a saying out there: you get what you give. And it's true. Give 45% to your fitness goals and get 45% worth of results. Give 100% to your fitness goals and get 100% worth of results. Just remember not to be so hard on yourself. This is YOUR journey. Embrace it, maintain it, and most importantly, enjoy it.
SWITCH UP YOUR ROUTINES
Take time to research workouts or classes that are different than what you're used to. In doing this, you'll rarely find yourself in a boring workout since you'll be so busy doing something new.
If you’re a heavy social media user, take advantage of your social networks by having your followers hold you accountable. Post that you plan to run 5 miles in the morning and/or post a pic when you're leaving the gym. You’ll love the motivation and encouragement that you’ll receive.
MAKE A PROMISE TO YOURSELF TO NEVER MISS A WORKOUT
Create a schedule and commit to doing every single workout you planned. The more you practice discipline, the more you keep the excuses at bay. Create mantras that give you instant motivation and make you overpower any negative thoughts about heading to a workout.
What are some of the ways you practice discipline? Let us know in the comment section below!
Kiera Smalls is the Co-Founder of City Fit Girls. She's a marathoner and wannabe chef who's passionate about helping women reach their fitness and weight loss goals.
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