With February coming to a close, I can say that I’ve definitely felt that loss of motivation when it comes to keeping up with my fitness routine. That said, I can say 2016 has already seen me do a better job of being active 5-6 times a week, foam rolling regularly and increasing my endurance and overall mobility.
So here are my tips for staying motivated with your fitness goals. *DISCLAIMER* Please talk to your health care professional before staring a new heath/fitness regimen.
- Write it down: whether it is a making a vision board for your health and fitness, keeping track of what you eat or just regularly tweeting about your workout accomplishments – writing your goals and everyday successes makes them more attainable and relatable. I especially find this helpful if/when I fall of the bandwagon or to help me decide what kind of dessert I will allow myself on a date night.
- Water and Veggies replacement: The easiest way to ramp up on fitness goals is to include more water and veggies in your everyday meal planning. It can be annoying to have to run to the bathroom all the time or be munching on the same veggies at the same time each day, but once your mind realizes this is the norm (i.e.: habits are formed) it becomes comfortable and enjoyable.
- Get your activity in before you’ve “woken up”: This is an interesting idea and not something I can do everyday but I try and workout FIRST THING in the morning. The feeling of sheer bliss knowing you’ve worked out already and that you have the rest of the day to do any damn thing you want is exhilarating (comparing to the feeling of “ugh I haven’t worked out yet, when will I fit it in).
- Ditch the scale (at least for 12 weeks): Instead, take pictures of yourself. Your face, arms, legs and torso (yes mirror selfies). I’ve done this a few times before it became popular on social media and the results are so motivating. I especially love seeing my fit pics (in old photo albums) because its a reassuring feeling – if I can do it once I can do it again.
How do you stay motivated when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle?