At the close of the holiday season each trip around the sun, we usher in a brand, new year. This, of course, is a time for reflection on the past and a great opportunity to set new goals to achieve throughout the course of the upcoming months.
It’s not uncommon for many folks to share the same goal during this time: get fit, shed unwanted pounds or start training for a marathon. Sure, it always sounds fantastic–until life starts to get in the way. We may spend a very full day putting in long hours at the office and forget to meal plan. Perhaps bad weather rolls in and you simply can’t make it to the gym for a workout.
How do you find the motivation to get in shape when daily life hands you roadblock after roadblock?
Look, it is easy to lose steam when it comes to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Even the most dedicated, in shape individuals go through bouts where they just can’t seem to muster up the energy to head to their local gyms or stick to their daily physical fitness regimes. The important thing is pushing through those feelings. How do you do that? Keep reading this article – I have you covered and should you want to get more inspiration check out my other health related articles here.
First off, it is immensely helpful to start small. What do I mean by this? Well, keep the old adage in mind that Rome wasn’t in a day. Don’t start out your health and wight loos journey by making sweeping changes that completely alter your lifestyle. Instead, start integrating very small, healthy, changes to your daily life. For example, try replacing your favorite sodas with ice water to cut out necessary calories. Seems simple enough, right? Next, start to eliminate one sweet treat a day to cut down on your sugar intake. Then gradually replace chips or snack foods with fresh veggies. This will help your motivation by leaps and bounds since it won’t feel as though you’re fighting a losing battle. Need even more motivation to try this out? Multiple studies suggest that health and weight loss habit with the best chance of lasting are those considered minor–or doable.
Another important key to maintaining your motivation is to identify your problem areas. Do you tend to overeat when you are feeling stressed out? Perhaps you refuse to workout if you’ve had a stressful day at work. By identifying these areas you can then come up with successful strategies to address them. Maybe tackling these issues involve setting aside a specific amount of time each day to devote to yourself and your health goals. It could also mean refusing to buy foods that you;re sure to binge on if they’re sitting in your cabinets.
Yet another major component of motivation is establishing a cheer leader. What I mean by this is either a workout buddy who will help to keep you accountable to your goals or someone–perhaps a friend or loved one–who will support you in your wellness journey. If you have a particularly rough day and are in need of some additional motivation reach out to your cheerleader! Some simple words of wisdom or comfort may be all you need in order to stay on track. Your support system can also celebrate your successes with you, too!
Lastly, never under estimate the importance of self talk when it comes to motivation. Never speak negatively of yourself or your goals. You are one strong individual who can achieve any thing you put your mind to. Don’t be afraid to remind yourself of this out loud. This type of positive self talk will be sure to give you the push you need.