21 Ways to Motivate Yourself to be Healthy!

January 01 2014
January 01 2014

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“80% of Success is showing up” – Woody Allen

How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? How many of you say “its just getting there” that is the problem. So get out of your own way! Quit making up excuses to reach your health and wellness goals! Below are 21 ways to help motivate you the whole year round

There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, eat healthy and be more mindful, but these are a few that have worked for me. And trust me, I’ve had days when I’ve struggled with making healthy choices. Yes we all struggle from time to time, we are human! So read below make notes, print and hang this up where you can look at it whenever you need a little push:

1.  The Post Workout High. No matter how many excuses I am trying to come up with to not workout, I am always glad I did! Let that post workout high motivate you next time: “You know how good you are going to feel, Sarah, so move your butt!”

2.  Time for you. While many people make time to take care of others (kids, spouse, other family, co-workers, boss), they don’t often make time to take care of themselves. Instead, make your “you” time a priority, to workout, to meditate, or to enjoy a healthy snack. Invest in taking care of yourself so you can be better at taking care of others!

3.  Calories burned. If you count calories (and it’s really one of the most effective ways to lose weight), you know that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn — and the bigger your calorie deficit.

4.  Having fun. If you aren’t enjoying your exercise routine or new nutrition plan then change it! Don’t give up! There are so many different healthy living activities to choose from! As long as you’re moving & eating nutritious food, it’s good for you!

5.  How you’re going to look. Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you.

6.  Feeling Stronger. When I am working out regularly, making healthy choices, my mind is sharper, my body feels stronger and that alone drives me to do more!

7.  Blogs. I enjoy reading blogs about people with inspiring stories. Doing something with their lives that is bigger than themselves.

8.  Success stories. I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. If a fitness website has success stories, I’ll almost always read them.

9.  Find a Friend. Schedule appointments with friends to do activities other than drinking wine or having dinner. Find like-minded or like-goaled peopled. Check in daily and schedule a Friend date!

10.  Rewards. If you exercise for a few days & make healthy choices, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning. Also, make your reward something that is good for you! Get a massage, take a steam, etc…

11.  Fitting into new clothes. Wanna look good in a smaller size? Work out! Eat Fresh Food! Nothing is more satisfying than fitting into your clothes or have to buy a smaller size!

12.  Stress relief. Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference.

13.  Time for contemplation. I love, love the quiet time of any day. Taking the dog for a walk, doing the dishes, preparing dinner. These are times I can find peace within myself and work through the conflicts in my life. Find answers, make decisions and move on.

14.  The dread of feeling “yuck” from not exercising. I hate how I feel after not exercising. So I remind myself of that when I feel tired.

15.  Living long enough to see your grandkids … and play with them.

16.  The Numbers. It’s not motivating to weigh yourself every day, as your weight fluctuates. But if you weigh yourself once a week, you’ll be motivated to have it keep going down, instead of up. Combine the scale with the measuring tape, and measure your waist.

17.  Reaching a goal. Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. Make it easily achievable.

18.  Get Your Friends & Family Involved. Tell people you’re going your goals for exercising or trying a new healthy recipe. Invite them then you won’t feel taxed to make it happen, it just will.

19.  Motivational quotes. I like to print them out or put them on my computer desktop.

20.  An upcoming day at the beach, or a reunion, a wedding. Nuff said.

and most importantly…

21.  Let Go. What happened last year, last month, last night or in the last 5 minutes doesn’t matter. Let it Go and make right now great! That will set you up for an even better future!

So there you have it. 21 ways to keep you motivated to be healthier all year round. Pick one of them each day and live that day by the motivational tip and see the differences it will make in your life! Be challenged. Be Committed. Be Successful!


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