Motivation is difficult, so what can we do to help?
Let’s be honest, we all get a bit lax with the healthy diet and exercise over the Christmas period and a lot of people make a New Year’s Resolution to get healthy. All seems to go well for the first few weeks and then you start to feel overwhelmed by the new exercise and healthy eating plan you have attempted to put in place. The nights are still dark, the weather is still freezing and all you want to do at the end of the day is go home and relax. The last thing you fancy doing is going to the gym or attending an exercise class and there is no way you want to go running in this weather!
So, what do you do? How do you keep motivated and juggle all that life throws at you? The most common thing to do is wake up with the good intention of heading to the gym that evening and you even pack your stuff ready to drive straight there. By lunch time your motivation starts to waver and you say to yourself ‘not today, I’ll go tomorrow’ and the vicious cycle starts all over again.
I get asked a lot by my clients how to break this cycle and my answer is always the same – ‘Plan your week ahead of time’. Sit down and look at your schedule, pick at least 2 days where you have the time to exercise and then write it in your diary. Mentally you can then prepare for the workout and once it is written down you are more inclined to do it. Not only that, make sure you take enough ‘fuel’ for your day - you will accomplish nothing on an empty stomach - and keep hydrated. This way you are not only mentally prepared but also physically.
Now don’t get me wrong I know there isn’t a magic cure to the problem of motivation, but I am a big believer in the saying ‘Habits take 5 weeks to make’. The first few weeks may feel like a chore, and you might struggle in week three or four in sticking to your plan, but by the fifth week it will feel like second nature to reach for healthier choices, consistently have water on hand, and smash those workouts.
Remember, If you feel like you need help or a point in the right direction, then just call us at the Clinic and we can book you in for some 1-2-1 training, or you can join our Running Group on a Wednesday or a Friday.
- Chloe -