Motivation Monday: How to Support Your Support System
Motivation is an important part of reaching your weight loss, fitness and lifestyle goals.
And when you think of motivation things that come to mind may only deal with yourself but your support system also needs you to motivate them, just as much as you need them! So how can you give back to your current workout buddies, healthy dieting friends, and other people in your life that work with you to help you achieve your goals?
Here are a few tips to help you be a valuable member of your support system for yourself and everyone else in it.
Staying motivated can become difficult when you are constantly bombarded by images in the media that encourage lifestyle habits that don’t align with your current goals. But you can keep yourself focused by surrounding yourself with your own vision of what success is.
Visual Inspiration is a great way to counteract media messages of what your body type should be, what you should eat, and how you should behave. Choose a professional athlete, model or fitness trainer that inspires you. Find about their successes, failures and motivation to get better acquainted with what it takes to get where you want to be. Go ahead and take quotes from that person, images and other items that inspire you and place them in your work space, living areas and other places to stay on track, and properly motivated.
Setting Small Goals is a vital part of lasting success. Set short-term, realistic goals that you can achieve and continue to take steps towards your larger goal by conquering these small victories. As you reach them, one after another your motivation will grow along with your success.
Supporting Your Support System
The people that help keep you focused are motivated by your success, but while your own achievements help, you may need to do more.
Beat a Plateau Together. When someone you look to for motivation hits a snag they may need some extra ump to keep going. Help a member of your support system beat a plateau by encouraging them to take a group fitness class they have never tried, or sharing a workout with them that you are doing. This will help break their routine, to beat that dreaded fitness plateau.
Make Them Accountable so they can still get to the gym even on a bad day. We all have those lazy days. But one bad day leads to a lack of motivation and excuses and then more days off. Don’t let it happen to your workout buddies. Motivation for those in your support system can help them to push themselves when they can’t do it alone.
Host a Get-Together that doesn’t include alcohol, fatty foods or fitness. Having time to spend with members of your support system when you aren’t working out is a great way to strengthen your friendships, and bond over things other than sweat sessions. Have everyone bring their favorite healthy food, workout DVD, or motivational materials and just kick back and hang out. There’s nothing like solid friendships to keep things going.
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