It’s that time of the year where it can feel a little bit “no man’s land-ish”! The first month of the year is done yet it’s still pretty wintery, January is over and you might have lost a bit of the momentum and enthusiasm for the new year and feeling a bit flat. Rest assured you are not alone in this – this week I am going to highlight just some of the reasons you might be feeling like this and what you can do to get back on track – these tips relate to your fitness but also apply to many other aspects in your life too:
- First of all, is it a lack of commitment or consistency? Making the resolution or choosing the goal is the easy part, sticking to it is that hard bit! Without commitment, focus and consistency it is very easy to become distracted and lose motivation. My advice here is to choose a reward that really means something to you when you reach that goal to help you get that motivation back.
- Secondly goals – are the goals you have set yourself realistic? Or maybe too ambitious? What’s your “Why” for getting started? Setting yourself unachievable goals is sure fire way to reduce motivation. If your resolutions and goals are too ambitious and unable to fit into your lifestyle, it can make it very hard to keep on track, keep up the necessary motivation and therefore things start to slip. So, take a look at the goals you have set and spend some time re-establishing – think short, medium and long term and make sure you reward yourself for reaching them.
- Did you set yourself a solid plan? Make sure you write it down, keep a journal, track your progress…
- SLEEP – So key to progression. Without rest days for repair and recovery it’s impossible to move forward. When we sleep better, we make better food choices, we move more – it goes on!!
- What does your support network look like? If you are trying to make lifestyle changes and form new healthy habits all by yourself without the support of family and friends, you’re making life much harder than it needs to be. Bring them in on the plan, share your goals and aims and ask them to support you through it. Maybe it’s your other half getting up early with you once a week to get that workout in or it’s meeting a friend to do a class or a group dog walk. Whatever it is that is going to help you create those habits, do it!
- Are you doing something you enjoy? If it’s fun you are way more likely to stick with it!
- And finally focus on the positives – if you have time out don’t see that as failure – start afresh the next day – whether that be in your fitness routine or your diet etc. It’s never too late to start again. And you can’t make all the positive changes overnight, it’s a gradual process leading to great results. No one is perfect!
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