Something we love having, and strive to continuously keep. I write this as I stare at the two weeks’ worth of clean laundry on my closet floor waiting to be sorted and put away. So if you are struggling to find motivation for house chores, you’ve come to the wrong place. But there is one area I have credibility in, as my battle with fitness motivation is one I see in myself and clients on a daily basis.
Here are some of my top tips for us as a fitness community when we struggle to find the motivation to get our butts moving:
1) Dive deeper. Some questions to ask yourself: Am I unmotivated due to an underlying issue? What kinds of stresses are currently holding me back? Am I overly anxious and/or moody – what is causing it? If stress and a bad mood are holding you back – push through, exercise will only help. Are you bored of your workout routine and/or unchallenged? Pick something new to try. Youtube, a new group fitness class, or a quick kick start program to get you on track (stayed tuned to my facebook page for this, I’ve got your solution here in October). Are you overtraining? If you haven’t rested enough, your mind and body will let you know. If you feel burnt out, take a legitimate break.
2) Schedule it consistently. If I leave it up to “seeing how my day goes”, guess how hard it is to get motivated? Very. Schedule it in your week just like an appointment, then mentally and physically prepare as necessary. That may mean moving things around to prioritize it. I have used the famous Jen Hatmaker’s quote as my guide this year “if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no”. I am determining to not over commit myself, but rather to simplify and prioritize the things that my family and I need – health and wellness are part of the top of that list.
3) Write down your goals – nothing like seeing why you started to give us a little extra fuel. Put it on your mirror, in your car, wherever you have to stare it in the face. There’s only one way to reach those goals, go forward.
4) Have an accountability partner. Someone who checks in with you and also prioritizes a fit lifestyle. Reliability and someone holding you accountable go a long ways.
5) Think of fitness as an investment. It requires sacrifice, hard work, time, effort, and intention. But the rewards are innumerable.
I would love to hear how you stay motivated! Everyone has highs and lows in healthy living; sometimes you just need a little fresh fuel for the flame. 😉