Motivation is defined by the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. One of the greatest things about motivation is that it can help kick-start your journey to a healthy lifestyle. There is something exciting about buying new gym gear, stocking your kitchen with healthy food and creating a plan for your workouts. When you stick to your workouts or choose the carrots and hummus over chips and dip, it can leave you feeling happy, excited and ready for what’s to come.
Then it hits. You have a long day at work, you’re stressed and tired, or you just want a day off. Whatever the reason is, there comes a point when you lose your workout motivation. Then the realities of life make it more and more difficult to get up and get to your workout.
So if motivation alone won’t get you to your fitness goals what will?
Did you know that 50% of people that start a new fitness
program quit within the first three weeks?
That first jolt of motivation is critical for getting you off the couch to your workouts – it’s great to feel excited and ready to start something new, to want to challenge yourself and do better, but don’t be fooled by what motivation makes seem so easy. You are going to hit obstacles and face challenges that will battle your motivation to workout, it’s a given.
Rather than giving in to these and wondering how you can increase your motivation, create healthy habits that will get you to your end goal and keep you going long after that too.
The biggest secret to fitness success is creating healthy lifestyle habits that you can follow. These habits kick in when your motivation level dips. Imagine that working out and preparing healthy meals was just part of your routine.
Here are two small things to keep in mind while you are developing habits for healthy eating or working out, even when your motivation is low.
Just do it
I totally understand there are some moments in life where you just don’t want to do anything, let alone get up and workout. While it’s okay to have a rest day and to recognize there are some signs when you shouldn’t exercise, try not to skip your workouts because you ‘don’t feel like it’. One great thing about exercise is it can release feel-good endorphins, so you almost always feel better after it.
“Wow! I really regret that workout!” — No one, ever.
Be kind to yourself
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ The same thing applies to establishing healthy lifestyle habits! It can take time to break bad habits, so be kind to yourself as you try to adjust. If you have a bad week, that’s okay! Don’t focus on what you did ‘wrong’ — just focus on how you can improve next week.
Start slowly and aim to establish a lifestyle that you are happy to continue in the long-term. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and try to enjoy the journey!