How many times have you said to yourself, “today will be the day”?
Let’s face it, life gets busy and our health is the number one thing that we ignore. We are all guilty of it. Eight hour work days turn into twelve and by the time we get home, the last thing we want to do is go for a run. It happens to everyone, I promise. Living a healthy and active lifestyle isn’t easy, and the number one excuse I hear is “lack of motivation.” While I’m no expert, I thought I’d share three things that have personally impacted my ability to be a healthier and happier version of myself!
Set realistic goals. It’s easy to loose motivation when your goals are unattainable, so start small. The last thing you want to do is feel defeated before you even get started! Whether it’s slowly incorporating fitness related activities in your life or choosing to eat healthier, you have to begin somewhere. For example, going to bed Sunday night with the mindset that you are going to make it to the gym 5 days that week, when you haven’t utilized your membership in the last 6 months, could leave you overwhelmed before you’ve even begun! Kick off this new lifestyle with one or two visits, then aim to graudually increase your frequency. The same rule can apply to challenging yourself further once you’ve built a routine. Try to run 10% longer, lift 10% more weight, etc.
Have fun! Finding a workout that you actually enjoy is the best way to stay motivated throughout the process. Taking new classes allows you to utilize new muscles while quickly learning what you do and do not like! When I first moved to Houston I joined Classpass, which allowed me to check out different classes/ studios and explore the city. I instantly fell in love with TRX, which was both challenging and effective, but hated any type of class that involved circuit training. Once I knew what I liked and disliked, I was able to create a workout schedule, hitting all my favorite classes each week! Inviting a friend to join you can not only serve as an accountability partner, but can bring a healthy level of competition and comrade!
Reward yourself. Whether its sticking to your schedule during those difficult and busy weeks, or running all 30 minutes without stopping, celebrate your victories! Each of us are motivated by different things, so decide on a goal and how you’ll reward yourself early on. Once you hit that goal, because we all know you will, do a little dance and treat yourself with something that will make YOU happy! As things begin to get easier, and they will, raise your goals and the reward. You deserve it!
What are some of your favorite classes and ways to stay motivated? I’m always looking for new things to try, so I’d love to hear in the comments below. Drop me a note and thanks for stopping by!
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