6 tips to get you back on track
So, you've given it your all in the last weeks/months. You've finally started seeing progress, or maybe you weren't there yet. But for some reason or the other, you've lost your motivation that pushed you to start in the first place. You're probably wondering "How can this happen?" You're still not close to your goal, and yet you've convinced yourself that it's okay to stop and give up and you have no idea how that happened.
Good news is, you're not alone. Everyone has had that point in their healthy lifestyle journey. It is completely normal. What that doesn't mean though, is that it's okay to throw in the towel and give in to the motivation killer.
I've also only recently lost my motivation. I was in a completely good flow, and then BAM, it was gone. To be honest, I was super upset about it. But there is no one other than yourself to blame. There's absolutely no reason to not get back on track. That's why I've put together 6 tips for you so that you can get into your running, lifting, swimming, yoga-ing etc. in no time!
1. Remember why you started
This is perhaps the most important tip: remember the reason why you started in the first place. Everyone has their own reasons behind why they want to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves. Maybe you started because you wanted to lose a couple kilos. Or maybe, you encountered some health problems that urged you to turn your life around. Bring that goal back to the forefront of your mind and think on it when you go to kill your workouts.
2. Do a 10-minute workout
Something is better than nothing! I know this better than anyone, you plan an hour long workout in your plan, but when the time comes, it feels like an entire mountain that you have to climb. This can be extremely demotivating! If you've got this feeling, try to stay in the workout flow and choose a 5-10 minute workout to do: like one of these short butt or ab workouts.
3. Try something new
Sometimes we lose our motivation simply because we get bored of always doing the same thing. This is probably the perfect time to try something new. Have you already been going to the same yoga class for a while? Or are your running shoes completely ruined after all those kilometers that you've ran? Then try something new. This may be just what you need to ignite your enthusiasm and get yourself back on track!
4. Treat yourself to new workout clothes
I don't know about you guys, but I have a weakness for any kind of clothes! So when it comes to workout clothes, I want to look gooooood. You know that feeling when you buy new shoes or a new jacket? Secretly, you just want to put on everything right there in the shop because you're so excited with your new purchase. Yeah, don't deny it. That's why you should go to buy a new pair of training shoes or some badass shorts, I bet you're going to want to use them that same day. ;)
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5. Buddy up
It sounds super cliche, but it's true. If you have a buddy to workout with, you feel more pressure and inspiration to go. Plan a date to go for a run at 8 and you can't back out of it after that. It's not only rude to cancel your dates on your partner, but then you also demotivate your BFFF (best fit friend forever)! On top of that, it's so much nicer to workout with friends or family. Two birds with one stop: quality time and working out.
6. Get inspired
Visualizing your goals helps you to reach them effectively. So if you think you want to give up (or you've already given up): you've got to visualize your goals! Grab a few fitness magazines and search your social media channels until you find something inspirational. There has to be something in there that will motivate you to get back on track. Find whatever it is and stick it on your (virtual) wall to ensure you don't forget it. Look at it every day, two times a day, or however much you need. If they can do it, so can you!
Good luck! And even more important: get your ass to work!