Strategies to Motivate Yourself

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Learning what uniquely motivates you is what will make you successful in your weight loss or weight gain journey.
1:Write down your goals.
2:Create a fitness action plan.
3: Set a completion date.
4: Enter a competition.
5: Enter a competition amongst your friends.
6: Plaster motivational quotes all over your house.
7: Post your favorite fitness role model on your refrigerator.
8:Post your favorite fat picture on your refrigerator.
9:Type “Get off your Fat Butt” on your screen saver.
10:Practice core strength by using a stability ball for a chair.
11:Rollover and do some crunches in-between emails on your stability ball chair.
12:Buy a nice wardrobe that will fit you in two months.
13:Donate all your fat clothes to Salvation Army.
14:Moderate your strict eating with a fat meal once a week.
15:When eating your fat meal, look at the body type of other people who eat fat meals daily.
16:Buy some fitness magazines.
17:Read some “how to” fitness articles.
18:Join a fitness web blog: www.muscle.iuhu.org
19:Hang around fit friends.
20:Surround yourself with people and things that promote a healthy lifestyle.
21:Find a running partner.
22:Inspire your own partner to run with you.
23: Make a workout and diet log.
24:Document your progress: weight, body fat, and blood pressure.
25:Attend a bodybuilding/fitness show.
26:Try to talk with competitors and pros that live for fitness.
27:Take a supplement for physical gains as well as a mental ‘placebo’ effect.
28:Date someone more fit than you.
29:Date someone you want to look really good naked for.
30:Shave your body so you can see all your muscles.
31:Tan your body so you can see all the lines and contours of your muscles.
32:Tan your body at the beach so that people with really nice bodies can inspire you.
33:Humble a trainer by knowing more stuff than him/her.
34:Look like a trainer.
35:Take Yoga or Pilate’s class for variety and core strength.
36:Drink an energy drink.
37:Envision your workout during your warm-up.
38:Focus on the workout, one set at a time.
39:Conquer your negative thoughts by pushing your body into painful consciousness.
40:Make it a goal to be the fittest person in the weight room – or any room for that matter.
41:Watch Ronnie Coleman videos.
42:Read articles by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
43:Become the inspiration amongst your friends.
44:Help someone who is very overweight or wants to gain muscle.
45:Alarm your cell phone to give you daily reminders to eat, workout and give gratitude.
46:Look up new, healthy recipes to cook.
47:Observe the body type of the people at restaurants you shouldn’t eat at.
48:Learn a new exercise technique like Kettle Bell training.
49:Turn off your TV and run.
50:Buy a new MP3 player or IPOD and put some high, energy, workout songs on it.
51:Workout using all new exercises.
52:You know what motivates you. Quit reading and make it happen.

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