If you’re new to this blog, firstly, welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my posts, secondly, you may find this post useful if those initial feelings of motivation from the start of the year have started to fade.
Motivation is something we all struggle with from time to time, myself included, so what can we do to stay focused and make sure we stick to our guns? Here are my top 3 tips:
1) Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. All too often I see people throwing everything and the kitchen sink at their health and fitness goals, and while that sounds like a good idea on paper, more often than not, that will lead to you burning out and giving up on your goals entirely. Start small. If you've chosen one thing to focus on already this year, stick with that until it becomes second nature and is fully integrated into your daily routine. Then you can choose the next thing and concentrate on that.
2) Remember why you started. We all have reasons for wanting to exercise and eat better, but it can be easy to lose sight of this when you're a few weeks in. Keep the reason you started exercising in the first place at the forefront of your mind, and then lace up those trainers and get out there.
3) You'll feel so much better once you’ve done what you said you were going to do. I say quite frequently that no one regrets a workout, and you won’t feel guilty for sticking to your new nutritional habit. If you are faced with the option of destroying a few biscuits in the office (or wherever) or enjoying the snack that you took time to prepare for yourself, ask yourself, which one of those options is going to take you one step closer to your goal. Often just stopping for a moment and asking yourself a couple of questions is enough of a barrier to stop you making the wrong choice. If you’re struggling to muster the enthusiasm for exercise, simply putting on your trainers and going for a brisk walk is enough to keep you ticking over until such time as you are feeling pumped for your next training session. Something is always better than nothing.
We all have ‘off days’ we’re not robots, and if you really don’t want to exercise or eat well, well then, don’t! One day off is not going to kill your results, just beware of falling into the trap of letting one day turn into one week, then one week into two, then a month and so on. You won’t find the results you want along that path.
If that has helped you with your motivation, and you know of someone else who would benefit from this, please share it with them. It helps me to help more people.