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Cobbled Coaching: Let's stay motivated

TIPS FOR STAYING MOTIVATED!

1. SET GOALS: Imagine completing a hard level in a video game, and that feeling of relief that you get when you hit the check point. This is the same with reaching your sporting goals. Having checkpoints (steppingstones or smaller goals) to hit before you reach your bigger goals is the main motivation for many athletes. From each goal you can re-evaluate where you are, what needs to be changed, and what we need to work on in the future.

2. REWARD YOURSELF: By rewarding yourself yourself when you reach one of your steppingstones/goals, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realisation that your efforts result in a positive reward. This will help with the motivation to reach your next goal.

3. HAVE STRUCTURE: Having structure, or a training plan will take a lot of stress away from yourself as you do not have to think much about what needs to be done, you just have to do it. Having structure will allow you to get into a positive routine. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organisation of your life and this can provide a positive outlook.

4. SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE: Surrounding yourself with positive people throughout your life will provide you exactly that. They complement you, push you, and overall encourage you to grow and become the best version of yourself. They have the utmost confidence in you to achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams.

5. VARIETY: Variety is important in a fitness program because it allows for your body to be challenged on a consistent basis and to overcome a plateau. A plateau happens when the body has become accustom or used to doing the same repeated exercises over and over again. It also adds some extra motivation by doing other things, for example we give all of our riders specific core and strength work to target specific things. When you feel the benefits of this you can realise that all the little things that you do can add up to a big overall improvement.

6. RECOVER: It is important to not get ahead of yourself and recover. Over-training is very possible with highly motivated athletes who don’t have a coach telling them when they are doing too much. Recovery is key and we cant stress this enough!

7. FOLLOW YOUR COMPETITION: By following your fellow riders on social medias such as Instagram or Strava, you can see that they are working to reach their goals (just like you), this can provide you with the small bit of motivation that is needed to push your boundaries just that little bit more.

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