Unfortunately, I think we all get into ruts sometimes. Trust me, I know. As I’ve mentioned, I had a few issues this summer that caused me to take a few steps back in my fitness and health. Getting back into the swing of things is tough. I’m no expert on motivation, but I wanted to share a few things that have helped me!
- Get a good night sleep. Or three. Get your sleep schedule back to normal because, if you’re like me, you can definitely improve on that. When I get more sleep and, in particular, on a better sleep schedule I definitely feel healthier in general and my energy levels improve.
This is also a great time to make sure you are taking care of yourself in other ways. For example, create a night time routine where you fit in all of your skin care steps. You might be thinking, um, what? But when I am not exercising or eating healthy, I find myself not taking care of myself in other ways too. It all goes hand in hand for me!
2. Prepare! Go to the grocery store and buy your staple healthy foods. Go home and take the day to meal prep for the week. This is the first step to making sure I start off the week on the right foot with healthy food at the ready. I also recommend, making sure you have your go to vitamins and supplements on hand that help keep you on track. While of course beneficial to my health, when I have my BCAA’s, preworkout, multi-vitamins and such on hand, I am also mentally more prepared and more likely to have a healthy day.
Or hey, to get yourself prepared and motivated you can even buy some cute new gym clothes – no… that’s bad, don’t do that 😉
3. Be held accountable. My husband and I go through our fitness and health “ups and downs” together 99% of the time. When one of us gets into the habit of eating healthy, we both do it. When one is in a rut, it impacts the other. We motivate each other at the gym too and I love him for it.
Don’t live with someone? My sister and I motivated and held each other accountable from across the country via a google doc where we logged our goals and workouts.
4. Get excited about something new. Are you sick of your normal routine? Switch it up. Be like me, try a barre class. Or even better, in my opinion, a pole class 😉 Recently, I got myself excited about barre, tried it out, found it wasn’t my thing and the next Saturday, instead of barre class, I was dying to return to my normal lifting schedule. Lifting is what stirred up my passion for fitness after all. I felt completely re-energized in the gym just by trying something new one Saturday.
5. Suck it up and get in the habit. The first few times will suck. My husband always tells me when I can’t wake up in the morning (he wakes up at 4:30am for work every day) that you just have to do it. Just get out of bed and do it, that’s all there is to it. I was at a conference for work and a speaker discussed how long it takes to make something a habit. His studies showed that while people used to think it took 21 days to create a habit, it actually takes much longer (I believe he said 3 months…) so clearly, creating a habit isn’t a quick fix. It takes effort and commitment. But once an action becomes a habit, oh my goodness, it is like second nature!
Now, like I said, I’m no expert! I am clearly guilty of becoming unmotivated at times, these are just my tips and tricks. So, please, give me your tips too!