Natalie Hodson
April 7, 2016
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Lost Your Motivation for a Healthy Lifestyle? Three Tips to Help

Do not let the title scare you! I am not here to tell you to do 100 crunches until your motivation kicks back in. Instead, I want to talk to you about what to do when you lose your motivation to workout and eat healthy; and I want to share you with you some tools that I use that help keep me going during the rough patches.

Here is the thing about motivation: it is fleeting. There is a reason that persistence is the key to success and not motivation: nobody is ever motivated all the time. We all hit roadblocks and plateaus; we all fall victim to the sugary displays in line at the grocery store or would rather take a nap than workout when we get home. And that is okay! You have not completely failed your health and fitness goals just because you fell off the wagon. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks to getting your motivation back:

Lay out your clothes the night before
This goes for work outfits (I find it is a neat trick to help you dress more stylishly), but it is an essential hack for getting yourself motivated to do a quick workout in the morning or evening. If your clothes are already clean, laid out, and you have two matching (or mismatched, I am a mom…) socks sitting on top of your Nike’s – it makes it easier to as their slogan says, Just Do It. If you want to take it one step further? Sleep in your workout clothes! They are comfy and it takes one less step off your to-do list for getting ready for the gym.

Have a workout partner
Not only can they spot you – it can help motivate you knowing someone else is waiting at the gym for you. If you do not have a workout partner close to you, try to have a virtual workout partner. Tell them your plans and commit to it, and ask them to check in with you on your progress.

Have a plan that you want to follow
It is easy to wake up in the morning and say “I am going to eat healthy,” but if you neglect to map out exactly what that looks like, it is all too easy to not follow through. I usually write out my meals for the day the night before, and as I eat them, I will add a checkmark next to them. It helps keep me on track with my eating – and who doesn’t love checking things off their list?

These are three things I do on days when I might not feel as motivated to eat healthy or workout. A lot of times, getting to the gym is the hardest part – once I get to the gym, I never regret a workout once it is over.

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