BY: Heather Marr

December 7, 2018

Why You Can’t Rely Solely on Motivation to Reach Your Fitness Goals

Heather Marr is an N.Y.C.-based personal trainer and The Model Trainer Method creator, whose A-list client roster includes some of the world’s most famous supermodels. Ahead, she explains why you need more than motivation to achieve your fitness goals.

Motivation comes in waves and therefore, can’t be relied upon. It is a feeling and it is fleeting. If people only put the work in on the days and during the times when their motivation is high, nothing will get accomplished. In order to reach our goals we need to be consistent in our actions. We must learn to rely on self-discipline and habit instead, so that during periods of low motivation, we are still putting in work and moving toward our goals.

First, Identify Your Goal and Be Specific

Instead of something vague like “lose weight” you need to identify exactly what you want and when you want to have it by (point b). It is crucial to be honest with yourself about your starting point (point a) and choose a realistic, attainable objective.

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Next, Map Out the Exact Actions That You Need to Take …

To get from “point a” to “point b” and adjust as needed as you go. Then you need to do what you’ve mapped out period, regardless of how you feel. This is self-discipline. If you’ve decided for example to work out three mornings per week before work every day, you need to set yourself up for success the night before.

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Lay out your gym clothes, pack your gym bag, prepare your breakfast, set your alarm and place it across the room so that when it goes off you have to get up from the bed. Put your coffee maker to a timer so that when you get up it’s ready. Put the heat on a timer so the house is warm by the time the alarm is going off and get to bed at a reasonable hour so you’re not tired in the morning. Eliminate as many obstacles and potential excuses in your way to make your plan as easy as possible.

Soon all of these actions become automatic. Relying on motivation is replaced by relying on habit. Shopping for healthy groceries, Sunday food prep, regular exercise classes or training sessions are now a way of life. They are as ingrained in you as brushing your teeth every morning.

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