Hanker after the body of a fitness model, but never seem to get there?
A ripped, chiselled, Lee Constantinou, fitness model and presenter of Made In Chelsea fitness DVD, reveals his top 5 tips to ensure you stay motivated to achieve your best physique ever ...
As a fitness model, motivation is key when it comes to looking my absolute best!
Motivation is probably our biggest downfall when it comes to achieving our fitness goals. It is the one thing that can hold you back mentally and prevent you from achieving your physical peak.
There are a number of ways I’ve discovered to stay motivated over the years – through having different goals and different training disciplines
Here are my top 5 secrets to staying motivated:
Tip 1: Set Yourself a Goal
It doesn’t matter how big or how small the goal may be, but setting one is the first step to achieving it!
You’re likely to be someone who sets goals in life whether it is to achieve a certain grade in your studies, or to save enough money for your dream holiday – so why not treat your fitness with the same attitude?
Write down this goal on a piece of paper, your phone or your computer, and every so often just read it over and then ask yourself, “Am I getting closer to my goal?”
Tip 2: Track Your Progress
Now you need to put tracking parameters in place to ensure you’re moving in the right direction (towards your goal).
We all have varying aims and will therefore have a different method of tracking our success.
But choose one that resonates with your goal. If you want to achieve a lean sculpted physique, then take key measurements – skinfold testing and recording this, for example.
Seeing your progress on a piece of paper or a spreadsheet is highly motivating, trust me!
Tip 3: Eat Good, Feel Great
We all know the old saying "you are what you eat", so if you have bad eating habits then you’re likely to feel bad on the inside, have poor energy levels and it may affect your mood.
If you have healthy eating habits, eating quality nutrients, then your body will feel great and is more likely going to keep you energised, and of course motivated.
Ensure your recovery after exercise is optimal too; taking on protein with some carbohydrates can help accelerate your recovery.
Tip 4: Mix It Up
Training with one goal in mind can cause us to constantly do the same thing to try and achieve that goal. Sometimes you’ve got to mix it up and try new things.
I don’t just mean doing a new exercise, but trying something totally different and challenging and most of all, exciting!
Getting in shape for a photoshoot doesn’t mean just adding in some power walks or eating less, to me it means doing some other sports and activities that I enjoy whilst working towards my cover model body at the same time. It’s a win-win situation to me.
Tip 5: Be Passionate
Above everything else, staying motivated comes down to desire and passion. This will naturally motivate you to become that person you’re striving to be.
Without the passion you just won't put the same effort in. Discover your fire and use it to fuel you every day.
We all know that motivation comes from within and so does passion and drive, and once these are all burning inside you, then achieving your goals will be nothing but an enjoyable process.
And there's no doubt you'll inspire many others on their journey too!