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Memorial Day Motivation from David Kirsch

David Kirsch is a fitness expert, wellness guru, and celebrity trainer,  who was kind enough to share his best motivational tips for getting a beach body! Check out his website here, and be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Memorial Day is just a few days away.  When thinking about writing a blog to help prepare my clients as well as any exercise enthusiast, I felt that one of the elements often missing is focusing on motivation. Look, the reality is that without motivation, the best exercise plan and nutrition regimen will not succeed. Here, I will talk about some of my best motivation tips to teach you how to stay focused and driven with your eye on the prize – your perfect beach body. Motivation comes in different forms for different people.  Many people sabotage their wellness habits from the start by rushing head first into a new fitness pursuit. But a little planning before you start exercising or changing your eating habits will help you stick to your new habits for the long term.

  • Learn to block out time for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. I have a reminder set on my Blackberry that I rely on to keep me focused and allow myself the right amount of “me time.”  People around you can either give energy or take it. One sure way to stay motivated is to surround yourself with people that give you positive, encouraging energy.
  • Motivation is not about drive; it’s about sound training. One of the most important elements to in a successful fitness program is variety. Keep the workouts fresh. Make every session different and your motivation will stay strong.
  • Set clear and realistic goals to see regular results. Rather than saying, “I want to get fit and lose weight,” break down big goals into smaller goals so  you see improvement every week. Your ultimate goal is to look and feel the best you can. On my website, my philosophy is articulated clearly – “Get the body you were born to have.”™ Your best body begins with and builds on your natural body.  Don’t use magazines, books, or even someone hot and sexy working out next to you in the gym as your measuring stick. Instead, set realistic goals and celebrate the many personal achievements you make during your journey. Each step you take is cause for celebration!
  • Looking good comes from the inside. A key to motivation is remembering that the exercise and eating habits that you adopt to “carve” out your best body will do more than help you look your best; they will boost your mood, burn off stress, and boost your overall wellbeing.
  • Motivation is about confidence. If you believe you can do it, you will do it. The power of positive thinking cannot be underestimated.
  • Motivation is about support. Surround yourself by people – friends and family – who nurture and empower you. If you need additional help, you might want to consider a personal trainer. The trainer can keep you focused and honest, and give you that extra push when needed. With a good trainer, you are less likely to cancel workout sessions when you are feeling particularly lazy.
  • Don’t stress over the scale. Rather than turning to a scale to measure a successful training and eating regimen, pick a sexy pair of jeans or even a bathing suit  to track your progress. There’s nothing like the excitement of squeezing into those sexy jeans or revealing bikini to keep you motivated.
  • Notice the little wins. Keep your mind-body connection sharp by paying careful attention to your strength progress as this is a good way to stay motivated with your training. How many push-ups were you able to do when you started your new training regimen? How many can you do now? Noting an increase in strength as well as welcoming new muscle growth is a great motivator.

Now that you’ve read this, step away from your computer and get your body moving!  Wishing you all a healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend!

In Good Health,

David Kirsch