Have you lost motivation with trying to be healthy and keep fit? This is very easily done if you’re doing the same things day in and day out. The way to stay motivated is to constantly feel inspired by consuming new information, doing new things and drinking a bit of caffeine here and there.
I had about 2 years where I was doing the same thing and making little to no progress, with my motivation to be healthy and work out barely existing. I would gym twice a week, if that, and I HATED it. I dreaded the thought of it and once I was there, I just wanted to go home. I had no motivation to carry on sticking to it but the lack of progress made me feel gross. So I started to make some changes…
Do Something New
If you’re bored of the same mundane routine, then no wonder you have no motivation! As soon as you start mixing things up, the change of routine alone will be enough to kick the determined side of you into action!
To take advantage of my gym’s free classes, I incorporated spinning into my routine. Just one or two classes a week was enough to give me more motivation and make me feel good again. I then started doing hot yoga and running and so on… Adding new things into your workout routine will give you that extra boost of motivation that you need. If you find the idea of starting a new activity alone a bit daunting, get a friend to along with you for the ride. A friend of mine from school came along with me to yoga a couple of times to get into the routine of it, and now goes alone whenever she fancies! So don’t be afraid to ask a friend to go along with you.
Invest in New Workout Clothes or Headphones
When I first started doing yoga, I wanted some comfortable leggings and tank tops that were breathable and stretchy. Hot yoga gets very sweaty, so it’s important to be comfortable and be able to move around without being self-conscious if the clothes don’t fit properly. I invested in a couple of tank tops and stretchy yoga leggings that look nice but also do exactly what I want them to do! I then looked forward to wearing them during my yoga sessions, giving me that extra bit of motivation to carry through with the hobby.
If you’re a gym bunny but are struggling with motivation, invest in a new pair of wireless headphones. My overhead headphones were only £25 from Tesco and they are the best headphones I’ve ever owned. So much so that one guy in the gym actually tried to claim them for his own when I left them on the treadmill once… That was awkward. Listening to some motivational music and getting in to the zone without having to fiddle around with wires is the perfect way to get motivated when it’s raining outside and you just want to curl up on the sofa.
Coffee is my best friend. If you have time to gym or exercise in the mornings, make yourself a strong cup of coffee before heading off. It will wake you up and give you an extra boost when you are there. *
On the weekends, before a workout or run, I drink Monster Ultra, preferably the white, red or purple one. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of bad things about energy drinks, but if you can handle caffeine and always make sure you drink the sugar free drinks, then you can’t go far wrong. I know I’m going to have a good workout when I polish off one of them!
* – I don’t recommend drinks with a high caffeine content if you suffer with anxiety as caffeine can exacerbate symptoms. Instead, drink a smoothie or eat a ripe banana for the extra energy boost.
Learn, Learn, Learn and Learn Some More
I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to learning about stuff. Nowadays, I tend to only read non-fictional, educational/self-development books. I also listen to podcasts almost everyday, which cover all subjects around mindfulness, health and overall wellbeing. If you get half an hour of downtime during work or perhaps on your way home, listen to an informative podcast about diet or health. Hearing from professionals about the benefits of being healthy and being given useful tips is bound to motivate you no end.
- Deliciously Ella
- Kalyn’s Coffee Talk
- Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place
- Dr. Rangen Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More
You can find all of the above on your Apple Podcast app.
Invest in a New Recipe Book
Since I’ve started to become more and more interested in veganism and incorporating more good foods into my diet, I decided to purchase BOSH! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby. There are so many delicious recipes in this book that have educated me about ingredients that I never would have thought about using. The great thing about using recipe’s from recipe books is that you can be sure you’re getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins you need, which takes the pressure off you, especially when eating a vegan diet.
I also highly recommend any of Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 recipe books. All of his recipes are incredible and super easy to make.
Recipe books act as a great source of inspiration if you’re used to eating the same cottage pies, bologneses and beans on toast week in and week out. These particular books are super healthy, so not only will you be inspired to make delicious food, but also healthy food! The benefits are endless!
Improving your health and fitness can be incredibly tricky, especially if you’re feeling bored and flat. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and you feel inspired to get your motivation back. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.