Motivate to Burn Fat 'n' Build Muscle

It’s really hard to find time to exercise with our busy schedules but at the same time, we want to stay fit, burn fat, lose weight and build muscle. If you don’t have any motivation, chances are you will never even try to make time for a workout session. If your workouts are short, interesting, dynamic and you are getting results then there is no reason for you not to be motivated…RIGHT? The two main aspects are that you should enjoy the workouts and secondly, you should be getting results. There is no point in running on treadmill for 45 minutes if you absolutely hate it, because sooner or later, you will quit. Here are some hints and tips that you can try to keep your motivation high.

Make a plan and try to stick to it: You need to invest some time in this one but it is well worth it. The first thing you need to do is take a pad and on the very first page/cover, write “My Workout Plan” in big block letters. Every Sunday (or your off day) sit down, take a cup of no-dairy, no-sugar, no-fat and no-taste hot chocolate (just kidding :)), take the pad and plan out what you should be doing the next week. I don’t mean to say that you should be changing your workouts every week, but make sure you are doing things that you are enjoying.

Track Progress: You don’t only track progress using the weighing machine or measuring tape. You can do it with workouts. Say e.g. you started off with 3 sets of 8 push-ups. But the following week, you were able to do 10 and then 12 and so on. This is also showing progress. It means that you are either getting lighter (burning fat) or getting stronger (building muscle). If you plan carefully, you can actually do both in the period of one week. Take away lesson; keep a track of what you are doing and how you are improving at it.

Workout in the morning: This is a suggestion because just like you wash your face, brush your teeth and have breakfast, you can workout for 10 – 30 minutes in the morning. Basically, you are already following a routine of getting from a sleepy head to Mr. I have a job. All you need is to add the workout in it. Simple!

Look forward to the workout: This actually goes hand in hand with tracking your progress. If you are working out in the evening, think about the workout before hand and set a small goal. ‘8 pushups were slightly easy for me yesterday, I’ll try and do 10 today’ – Something along these lines would do great. If you are workingout in the morning, think about the workout before you go to bed. GET YOURSELF EXCITED!

Look at pictures of people you admire: If you like the Jessica Alba’s body, look at her picture and tell yourself that this is where you want to be. This actually does a lot of good for me. It just gets to you stand and start working out there and then.

Eat right so you have enough energy: Make sure you are following a diet plan so that you have enough fuel in your body to actually do the workout. You may have read my posts on nutrition and you should know that nutrition is more important that the exercises regardless of your goal.

Visualize yourself as you want to be: Last but not the least. You need to visualize what you want to be. I would say, everyday before you come out of bed or fall asleep, visualize yourself with that body you want and how happy it will make you feel.

There are a number of other methods that one can follow but these are the ones I use and have found success in them. Taking time out for yourself should be very important for you and these are just some hints and tips that will help you manage the time more effectively and get the motivation levels high. See you guys soon.

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Tom Parker said...

Good post Usman. Lots of inspirational advice. I also find that reading about and watching athletes you admire is great motivation.

For example, I really want to get back into my running but it just never seems to happen so I've been reading a lot about Dean Karnazes for inspiration. Then I just think if he can do all that there's no reason I cannot at least start running again.

Usman Pasha Siddiqui said...

Thanks for the appreciation tom...I always find your posts encouraging and pushing me to right even better :-)

ivory_byrd said...

hey i followed the link from Yahoo answers. I will definitely take a lot of this into consideration...

thanks for the info

Usman Pasha Siddiqui said...

Thanks alot Ivory. I am sure you will see lots of benefits.

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