Imagining the benefits of hitting the gym for your health, fitness and appearance is fun. However, motivating yourself to actually do the work can be challenging. You may be able to force yourself to get up early, pull on your workout gear and haul yourself to the gym a few times, but keeping it up for the long term takes real dedication.
If you're struggling to motivate yourself, here are six tips to help you.
1. Find some inspiration
Being inspired can fill you with confidence and give you a push in the right direction. It could be a special playlist, a single song, a scene from a movie, a picture, or a simple phrase like "Push your limits". Whatever works for you, try keeping it on hand for when your motivation dips.
2. Sign up to a non-refundable workout class
If you've already paid for your session, and you can't get your money back, you've got a sure-fire motivator to get you out of bed and working your muscles. You'll be surprised how much of a motivator your hard-earned money can be, so make it work to your advantage.
3. Exercise with friends
When you exercise with friends, you get more than just a workout – you get some social time as well. Friends can be a help to get you to actually turn up to a gym session, and they can be a helpful presence while you work out, helping you push harder and have a great time doing it.
4. Variety is the spice of life
When you keep doing the same thing day in, day out, it gets very tedious. When it comes to exercise, it's essential that you add variety to your workouts. The benefits of this go beyond merely keeping your motivation levels high – you will also experience greater benefits from your workouts by putting your body through unfamiliar processes that work it in different ways.
5. Set small, achievable goals
When you plan your workouts, think about taking baby steps. Big results don't come fast when it comes to exercise, and if you set unachievable goals and fail to make them, your motivation and your confidence will take a blow. On the other hand, accomplishing your smaller, more realistic goals is a great feeling that will push you to keep going.
6. Make it part of your commitment to ethical living
There are various elements to exercise that can undermine a person's attempts to live ethically. The drive to the gym, the bottled water you buy, even the clothing you wear. Some brands lead the way for sustainability – Nike, for instance, aim to reduce their products' environmental footprint by 10% by 2020. If you are committed to protecting the environment, use your workouts as an opportunity to incorporate this commitment and your motivation will benefit.
When motivation is lacking, just remember: progress isn't instant. A single workout won't make you an athlete, and a single burger won't ruin you. Just focus on techniques you can use to keep your motivation high and don't be too hard on yourself when you struggle a little.
Just a few days ago, I talked with my former athlete who is recently coaching young Chinese female talents.
She is feeling bad because one of her athletes got injured while coaching.
They were trying to get used to hitting a big jump.
Her athlete was scared and couldn't commit to it.
She tried to encourage her athlete to help to commit.
Then her athlete committed and hit the jump, and crashed hard from her back.
Her athlete didn’t get serious injuries but get a trauma.
She has experienced the same situation many times while in training and in the contest.
And she was believing that encouragement helps athletes to get over the fear and to raise their performance.
But now, she can’t decide between pushing or stopping athletes in this difficult situation.
When it comes to controlling speed while riding the slopes, even Intermediate snowboarders struggle with this skill.
So don’t feel bad if you have to practice a bit before being comfortable with controlling your speed.
When I ask my students how to control their speed, their typical answer is “skidding” the board.
This is not wrong but we can be more specific.
Ok, let’s think about it together.
Backside Rodeo 540
Ever sport has proper steps to learn skills.
Snowboarding is an action sport but it’s more just for fun.
Due to that, it’s hard to find an actual proper way to learn snowboarding.
This is the professional coaching technique.
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＜Easy Ways to Check your Stance＞
For those who want make things simple, here are tips on how to stand over the board.
This position is seen from the Toe or Heel.
Check your Triangle that made by your head and feet.
So you will be in a stable balance with your head above the center of the board.
Watch any how to videos with these 5 rules!
This tutorial shows you how to manage your practicing by having a coach in mind.
Tips in this video might not telling you how to do a trick specifically, but you will be noticed that they helps you more than typical trick tips later.
So you can learn tricks faster and more reliably with these 5 rules.
Now I’ll let you in on some secrets straight from a coach’s brain
3. Minimize Your Upper Body Rotation
Since you ride sideways in snowboarding, it's only natural to think that your body is facing sideways when on the slopes right?
Ordinarily however, humans face forward, living their day to day lives.
Since facing forward is human's natural posture, most snowboarders face forward without thinking about it when on the slopes.
Since humans live their lives facing forward, it is optimal for our bones, muscles, etc. to face the front when moving.
Because of this, a posture in which the whole body faces forward makes it easy for us to maintain balance and be able to use muscle effectively.
Ryoki Ogawa from Ninja country is killing street rails in Dirty Pimp's special edit.
He is the one of the best and stylish rider in Japan.
His skill is refined in Whistler Canada when he was 15 to 19 yrs old.
When he came over to Whistler he was just 15 years old but was already showing strong talent on jibbing.
2. Bend Your Ankles
When we talk about standing position, we know that the center of the board is where we should be.
However how do you check your position?
There are 4 ways to check your standing position.
1. Nose to Tail balance
2. Toe to Heel balance
3. Rotational balance
4. Vertical balance