Overcoming the Food Brain
You probably are feeling very similar to most of the thoughts going through my head when eating foods that you know you really shouldn’t be eating but at that split-second your belly takes over you and surrender to the temptation. Then a few hours later you are feeling major regret as you feel the inches on your waist hanging over your pants.
The truth as we all know it is that it takes some real commitment and work, but you have to have the motivation and will-power to succeed with getting those sexy abs.
In fact, motivation is really the key ingredient in all fitness goals and endeavors. Of course it’s also one of the biggest challenges, and anyone who’s ever worked out knows how frustrating it can be to hit a plateau.
A plateau occurs when you find yourself not seeing further results. This is often accompanied by a feeling of boredom with your current fat loss or workout program. Plateaus can really screw things up, but there’s a lot you can do to overcome them.
I’ve talked a lot about motivation over the years. For some simple ways to get motivated and stay motivated, check out my articles on Weight Loss Motivation and Workout Motivation. Sometimes it takes the simplest of strategies, and in the end, it all comes down to your mindset.
Getting Motivated with the Right Workout
Although there are a number of ways to improve your motivation, the right workout can actually do the trick. If you’re feeling sluggish and find yourself needing a boost of energy, moving your body is one of the best ways to get going.
Today, we’re going to challenge ourselves with a killer abdominal workout to give your motivation a huge boost. This abs motivation workout is designed specifically to get your head back in the game.
Perform this 15-minute abs routine at the start of every workout, and I guarantee you’ll feel like you can take on anything! Or if you just need a little boost to your day, try it in the morning or during your lunch break. You can even double it up for a powerful, energizing 30-minute routine.
Motivating 15-Minute Abdominal Workout
For this workout, maximize each set by aiming for 15-20 reps each. Because the goal of this workout is to get you motivated for more, you’re not going to go all the way to muscle failure and fatigue in each set.
Perform the following exercises in order, repeating the circuit as desired. Rest for 15-20 seconds between sets.
- 1 minute warm-up of bench step-ups (view exercise)
- 30 seconds of superman (view exercise)
- 1 set of bicycle crunches (view exercise)
- 1 set of ab crunches on stability ball (view exercise)
- 1 set of hanging knee raises (view exercise)
- 1 minute of plank (view exercise)
- 1 set of oblique crunches on stability ball (view exercise)
- 1 set of Russian twists on stability ball (view exercise)
- 1 set of ab twists with pulley (each side) (view exercise)
- 1 set of lower ab bicycle crunches (view exercise)
- 30 seconds of jumping jacks
This workout is a great way to get motivated and tone your abs and core muscles at the same time. Because it’s only 15 minutes, you can totally do it multiple times a week for the best results possible.
Get even MORE motivated…
Want to get yourself even more worked up and ready to take on the world? Add some upbeat music to this abs motivation workout to totally get you in the right mindset. Check out my article on Workout Playlists for some great ideas, and always be on the lookout for workout music that will really get your energy flowing.
Also to keep your focus in check make sure you read my article: Find Your Focus Zone. Remember, to see real results you really need to do everything you can to get yourself in the right mindset. Everyone needs something a little different to stay motivated, so find what works best for you and NEVER give up!
Lastly the most tried and true motivation is making sure you keep a workout log so you can continue to push yourself in each session. This is the cheapest way to keep yourself accountable without having to rely on a personal trainer and the Workouts and Training section of this website offers you hundreds of workout routines to help you keep things fresh at least every 6 weeks.
What keeps you motivated? Leave a comment below and boost your motivation points…