How to Stay Motivated in the Longest Stretch of your Health KickPosted: November 12, 2012
Kick starting a health kick can be tough, but is the beginning the hardest part? Once the initial spark of getting healthy has worn out and your new running shoes have already been tested, sometimes it is hard to stay motivated. You’re not quite excited about beginning anymore and your not close enough to the finish line to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some tips to get you through the darkest part of the tunnel- the middle stretch.
Thumbing through magazines and skimming the internet for quotes, pictures and inspiration can get anyone’s engine fired up. The problem is, the pictures all look good and it may have you thinking about a workout, but your still sitting in front of the computer. Time to get up! Print motivational quotes out and hang them on your wall so you see them all the time, not just when you are consuming your day with web surfing (which is not an actual sport). What about changing the background of your phone to an inspiring image? We know you enjoy looking at your puppy or a picture of your hubby, but with as much as we are on our phones, maybe we can get the idea of working out to stick after seeing it all day.
You know what is motivating? Happiness. You know what makes us feel happy? Endorphins. You should want to workout to get sweaty, get in shape and get feeling better! Exercise can help relieve stress and get you feeling good about yourself! You can control your happiness by just squeezing in a work out, and who doesn’t want to be happy? Want to know what else can keep you from feeling like a nut? Coconuts! They contain medium triglycerides that promote good moods. Other healthy foods that will keep you happy include eggs, honey, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. Your mind, body and soul should be great motivation to stay healthy.
Your ex, that dress or success. Motivation comes in many forms, pick what gets you going! At the end of the day it is about you and your health, but hey, thinking about that goal you want to reach or swim suit season coming up is going to keep you going! Make short term goals that are attainable and fun every Monday. Cut out adding extra salt. Work out 4 times this week. Stretch when you wake up. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday. When things appear to be a ‘game’ it gets people going, and that is just what you need to make it through the long stretch! Or how about getting in shape to ‘woo’ your family members for the holidays? Whether you want to make Mom proud, shed pounds in spite of your wretched past relationship or hey, maybe make a little money for getting healthy, pick your motivation! Imagine if you put money down at the beginning of your health adventure, then a couple months later you made money for getting healthier? Money is always motivation, and it can go towards those new jeans you’ve been eyeing.
There is no light coming in from the beginning of the tunnel, and the light from the end is just a bit too far to see. You have to find what makes you tick, what gets you moving in order to finish this thing off! Here is another tip- it takes 30 days to make something a habit. Say you’ve been working out 4 days a week, well if you miss a day you’ll start feeling the guilt. When it feels like a routine it is harder to get out of so try making your healthy habits part of every day life! Find things that work for you that can keep you motivated. Remember, to always eat healthy, drink your water, and get a good night’s rest; if you feel good, you’re going to want to keep going!
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