How to maintain your motivation
Over the dark, cold, wet winter months it can be hard to stay motivated at the best of times. With the added pressure of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown, and uncertainty about the future, it can be even more difficult to maintain motivation. Both mental and physical health are important, and London Duathlon Ambassador Paul Addicott has four key areas to share.
What is it that makes you get up in the morning and train, to keep you focused to achieve? I always find it’s important to have a goal, both long term and short term. Have a target race in mind, and / or distance or times for various disciplines. It can be easy to swerve off course if the goals are too ambitious and take too long to achieve, so set yourself shorter more achievable targets to keep you going.
Make your training easy to complete. It is so important to have a plan to keep you focused, but we can all fall into the trap of letting our training take over our lives. When it becomes a burden, it is easy to start missing sessions. So instead, try to set your plan around your day. If you are struggling with time, try to fit your training into your schedule, such as commute to work.
A plan will help to keep you accountable, but so will other people. Try training with others, or set virtual goals, and engage with social media. If you can, get yourself a coach. Think about who is going to hold you to your training. It might be you – in that case, plan rewards so you have something to work towards.
Never lose sight on why you are training, and when you enjoy your training, you will find that motivation to do it. Why do you run, cycle, swim or lift weights? How can you make it something you will want to keep going back to, and not make a chore? When it is something you enjoy, and because you want to do it, then it will feel so much better, and easier to keep up with.
I hope these tips are helpful as these are some of the things I have used over the past year to help my training, daily life and mental health, as well as just for enjoyment of course! When it comes to exercising, we all know how important it is to your health and mental wellbeing so keep moving even if you don’t feel like it. Of course, having rest days are important but not too many to a point that you stop training altogether. Stay positive and stay safe… the good times will come back.
Want to read more from Paul? Check out his fantastic blog here.