Is January dragging on?

Gloomy February looming?

No wonder so many of us are down in the dumps and our inspired New Year’s resolutions have started to fail.

According to health food company Good4U, 47% of us have already broken our health goals for 2022.

So if your motivation is waning, you really aren’t alone. But if you want to get back on the wagon, then take heart.

We’ve called upon the most inspiring coaches from interactive fitness brand Peloton to offer up some words of encouragement.

Peloton instructors are known to be some of the most motivational in the world.

With this in mind, we’ve asked four of the most popular ones for some tips to get you back on track.

A good community and/or accountability partner is important

As a tread and strength instructor, Jess Sims likes to motivate others through her own actions. ‘There is nothing quite like having an accountability partner and community,’ she says.

‘A partner is important because you can talk about your goals and why they’re so important to you.

‘A community is equally as important so that you are reminded you are never alone on your journey.’

What you wear can motivate you

‘Putting on a great outfit can be an excellent motivator for a few reasons,’ says Ally Love, a cycling and barre instructor who uses her influence/platforms to celebrate and champion diversity.

‘The saying goes, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” and this mindset is applicable to anything, including fitness. Discipline and accountability are hard enough, but how can you get there if you don’t walk the walk?

‘Throwing on a great outfit can help put you in the right headspace and literally in the right physical condition to be who you want during your workout.

‘Being in your workout gear is also a tangible reminder that getting your workout done is something you want to do and something you’ve made an active decision to prioritise. When you look good, you feel good, too, and while confidence comes from inside, it can also come from the outside in.’

Music can make or break your workout

‘Music is one of the best motivational methods as it distracts us,’ says Hannah Frankson, a cycling instructor and former competitive triple jumper.

‘Some days working out will feel repetitive and a little bit boring. In moments like this, go back to your music archives and pick one nostalgic album to listen to during each workout.

‘Music is a great way of helping us get out of our heads and giving us something else to focus on. Exercise can have painful moments and getting through those is when the magic happens.

If you’re looking for inspiration, drum‘n’bass really makes me want to sprint or do something high-intensity, the lyrics of Stronger Than Ever make me want to conquer everything and UK Funky House will always make me feel happy.’

Setting realistic and achievable goals is important

‘Does anyone else feel pressure when they hear the word goal, or is it just me?’ asks Joslyn Thompson Rule, a tread instructor who has also trained as a sports therapist.

‘If so, use the word “intention”, instead. I like to think of it as a goal with a hug. A great way to set realistic intentions is to reverse engineer them, i.e. work out what you want to achieve, by what date and then figure out the milestones that come beforehand.

‘Working out the milestones helps to create a system and makes it more achievable. For example, if you want to do a 5k in June, aim for 4k by May, 3k by April etc. Allow yourself a grace period at first and always check-in with questions like, what went well and what would I do differently next time?

‘These simple reviews will help you understand what is and isn’t working. Finally, keep track of progress. Check off those small milestones and celebrate them.’

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