Motivation and determinationEven though I enjoy working out and usually look forward to my workouts, every now and then I feel less motivated and have to persuade myself to get through my daily session. You are often tired after a long day at work, have other duties to attend to later, or you feel tired, a little sick or in a bad mood because of something that has happened. If you were to skip your workout whenever you feel like that, you would lose countless workouts, and results would not come as fast as you would like. That is why it is so important to establish a great determination and an ability to properly organize your everyday life. You cannot always count on pure motivation alone, you will also need the ability to drive yourself to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.
I try to organize my everyday life in a way that makes going to the gym as easy as possible. I work out on fixed days and times, and I have a devoted training partner who always shows up. I pack the bag with my workout clothes the night before. That way I can go to the gym directly from work, not having to go home first, thus avoiding any chance of giving in to a tempting couch or a sneaking feeling of tiredness. I always bring all the food I need, so I don't have a chance to skip the workout because I haven't eaten.
I also create positive associations to my workout by focusing on the good feeling I have when I have completed the session, and by having a social network at the gym. That way I can look forward to meeting my peers during the workout. I enjoy being able to utilize good supplements during my workout, and using good, functional workout clothes that I look forward to wearing. Building a workout wardrobe with Better Bodies outfits and using good equipment like my Better Bodies lifting straps and belts are some of the many factors that motivates me to work out, even on days when I feel that there are other things that I would rather do.
- Ida Øian
Ida Øian completed her law degree together with a full time job, while at the same time competing as a fitness athlete. Ida is working as a jurist in the Immigrational Tribunal and is also running a fitnessteam; Team Total Package, together with Mette Ulseth and Marianne Aas Krog. Ida gives lectures for companies about determination, motivation and discipline with regards to exercise and diet. Ida has run an anti-doping blog since she started her fitness career two years ago.