It’s a question I get all the time…”Coach Dan, how do I stay motivated doing P90X?” It’s very common, you order P90X, you get very excited about it and you’re really into it for about 2-3 weeks and then…you hit a wall. This is when most people just quit altogether (heck, some people never even take P90X out of the box).
Let me first say that if you can just get through that first 30 days, for many people it just starts to become a habit, part of your every day routine. Personally, when I started P90X over two years ago, I simply told myself that absolutely nothing was going to stop me from getting through that first 90 days. I was so driven because I had reached a point where I was really unhappy about the way I looked and felt and I knew that I needed to change some things in my life if I wanted to be around long term.
If you’re having a hard time finding that drive to stay motivated, here’s a few tips I can give you to help with that.
Tip 1: Take some before pictures. See this page to find out how. If you don’t like the way you currently look, keep one of those before pictures in a place where you’ll see it every day. I made my before photo the background on my iPhone where I would see it many times a day. I hated the way I looked in that picture and it definitely reminded me why I started P90X in the first place and helped keep me in the game.
Tip 2: Get involved in the Team Beachbody community. If you don’t have an account, you can create a free one by clicking here. Log into your account every day, log your workout in the SuperGym, and get involved in the message boards! The message boards are full of people who are going through the same thing you are. Find a thread of people who started around the same time you did and get involved in the conversation. It really helps keep you accountable and helps keep you motivated knowing that you’re not the only one trying to do this. Plus there is a ton of other great information, articles, videos, trainer tips and on and on. If I’m your coach, I also have a private Facebook group where we can interact and keep each other accountable and motivated too. You can click here to make me your coach, or if you already have a Team Beachbody account go to this page if you want to switch coaches. Then go here to request to be added to my Facebook group.
Tip 3: Find a workout buddy. Whether it’s your spouse, your boyfriend or girlfriend, a family member, a neighbor, a coworker…find someone to workout with who will keep you accountable. Make sure it’s someone who is going to motivate you though, not someone who is going to drag you down. Now this isn’t always possible for everyone. I don’t have a workout partner and I’ve managed just fine. But for some people, this can make all the difference.
Jim Rohn once said “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” That’s so true yet most people take better care of their car than their body which is really messed up. Hey, I was guilty of it myself for a number of years but I’ve made a change and I hope to help and inspire others to do the same.
I’ll end this with a couple videos that I like to watch from time to time. This first one just reminds me of how blessed I am and how I really have no reason to complain or to find excuses not to work out and take care of my body. Are you someone who comes up with a million excuses why you can’t exercise? Then watch this…
And here’s Mr. P90X himself, Tony Horton, with a little pep talk…
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