You know the feeling. It’s January 1st and you are ready to take on this new year with a clear mind and a brand new healthy way of living. You will stop at NOTHING to reach your goals, and NO ONE will get in your way. After time goes on there are some things that may start to creep on in that will start to take your eyes off the prize. Maybe it’s that late night sweet tooth, or maybe even more specifically, Netflix just released a new season of Black Mirror that you NEED to binge watch wrapped up in a blanket burrito. It also doesn’t help that it’s probably below zero outside.
There are a lot of things that could hold us back from our ultimate goal, but we are here to help you! We’re going to go through a list of some ways to stay motivated and not get completely lost in that blanket burrito of yours during the winter season, and throughout the entire year.
1. Try New Habits and New Workouts Frequently
It can get boring doing the same exact thing day in and day out. That is something that can definitely discourage someone from getting to where they want to be. If you’re someone who likes to meal plan, try different foods you have never tried before! This is a good way to incorporate new nutrient filled and delicious foods into your diet. Another simple switch would be changing up your morning and evening routines to get ready, or to wind down. Alternating workouts and switching up what you do weekly is a good way to get you actually excited to work out. Some days you can spend your time on the treadmill, others you could take a Zumba class, then even take a hot yoga class. The possibilities are endless, and there are plenty of ways to spice up your routines to keep yourself excited for what’s to come.
2. Download These Apps to Your Smart Devices
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Most of the time our devices can distract us and make us want to be lazy, but there are some useful apps that will actually help keep you motivated. HealthyOut* is an app which is helpful for finding healthy meals at restaurants near you. You can even search on the app with any diet you follow, as well as the calories of the meal. MyFitnessPal is a calorie counting app that allows you to track how well your diet is going, lets you input workouts, and even lets your put your recipes and the nutritional facts of them into your day. Just scan the barcode of each item you use, and voilà! Not only do you want to focus on the foods you eat, but also your mental health. You cannot be on top of your physical health, if you’re not focused on your mental health as well. Headspace is a meditation app which helps you with meditating if you’re a beginner, or even an expert, and really gets your mind focused and clear of all negative energy. Lastly, Sleep Cycle is an app that analyzes your sleeping and snoring habits that sets up a personalized graph daily on your nights sleep. It will even wake you up at the perfect time depending on your stats!
2. Remember you Cannot Get to Where You Want to Be Overnight
Unfortunately we more than likely cannot reach our goals within the first, second, third, fourth, or even fifth month of this new healthy lifestyle. It takes some people weeks, and for others it could take years. It all truly depends on where you’re at, where you want to be, and how motivated you are. Looking at other peoples journeys on the internet and on television are great ways to help you remember that this doesn’t just happen overnight. Printing out stories, or before and after photos of others with the time it took them may sound silly, but it can be helpful to remind yourself that YOU GOT THIS! It all just takes patience and perseverance.
4. Bring a Friend Along
Having someone there to help motivate you and encourage you even more is always a great idea. Even if you both have different goals, and may go about this differently, it is still good to have someone else there to give you that extra push that you need. Plus, if they are on the same type of journey as you are, then doing all of these new and fun things together can be something you both actually end up enjoy doing together! I know for a fact I get more motivated to go out for a run around the track or at the gym when I have a friend there with me. You can even make a little competition out of this to help keep you even more interested. You can both compete for some sort of goal to really try and push yourself even harder! Maybe even have the person who loses that specific competition buy lunch, or do little things like that to help you guys have even more drive!
5. LET YOURSELF CHEAT SOMETIMES!
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I think this is the most important one out of all of them. Letting yourself indulge every once in a while is something that will stop you from permanently going back to your old habits. There is no doubt that you are more likely to go back to those old habits if you deprive yourself of all those treats and goodies you used to eat frequently. Once or twice a week allow yourself to eat that greasy pizza you’ve been craving, and don’t feel guilty about it. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself in moderation for all the hard work you have been putting in.
Happy 2018! Cheers to staying motivated!