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.
＜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.
Snowboarding is a sport, so naturally you use muscles when riding.
And it’s clear that muscle characteristics affect your performance.
Human muscles are actually divided into 2 types.
Here, I’ll simply explain the difference between the two types.
The Pros snowboard with stability.
They look like they never fall.
“How can I snowboard like that?”
How can intermediate snowboarders gain riding-sense close to that of the pros?
This time, let's think about the body's intuition from a mechanical stand point.
Pro-Snowboarding is stability.
You probably understand it as having good total balance right?
In order to maintain balance, you need to have a good base as the foundation.
Your “footing” is your base for the majority of the time you are snowboarding.
Strong footing makes up for a good portion of this total balance.
This is Part 2 of my previous tutorial, “Do Freestyle Snowboarders Need Physical Training?”
This time, let's think about what kind of results we can derive from Running.
When I say, “derive,” I'm talking about the results you can get out of your heart and lung function.
When you strengthen your heart and lung function, what kind of benefits are there?
They can be found in the increased amount of blood that is pumped at one time from your heart. You could also say that it's the amount of oxygen that is pumped into your bloodstream.
It's probably easier to think of it as having trained your heart muscles.
This is something that most snowboarders in the world contemplate over.
After all, it is an Olympic sport... Shouldn't you train for it just like any other competitive event?
Do the top athletes actually train?
I can't say for sure because I don't understand how much the pros actually train myself.
It's extremely hard to tell to how much physical training actually influences performance.
Some of my students belong to the Japanese National Team, and they continue to train hard.
On the other hand, some of my other students, who participate in the video world, don't train at all.
Personally, I would say that physical preparation equates to snowboarding on a better snowboard.
Again, when comparing snowboarding and physical training to a car, it's like building a car with better parts.
I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time, how effective off season training is.
I’ve heard that skateboarding and the trampoline are good as off season practice but, which one do you think is better? I’d really like to know!
It’s a good question.
These two activities are well known for improving your snowboarding skills during the off season.
But why do these 2 in particular help you improve?
Knowing the reason will surely help you further improve.
Keep being fit until your first day snowboarding on the hill!!
Stimulate your muscle 4 days a week.
You don't have to work such hard.
But you can try working on lower body exercise such as 15 times squat x 3 sets.
Lower body and core are key to control your balance over the board!!