We’ve all been there….
We start our fitness journey off strong and then a few weeks in we find ourselves in a rut and completely unmotivated.
It’s a tough spot to be in. Especially when you desperately want to live a healthier life.
While you know you need to get back on track, sometimes just the thought of that can be a bit overwhelming.
Sometimes getting back on track is as simple as being more strategic about what you’re doing.
With that being said here are 6 tips that will help you get unstuck so you can start making your health a priority again.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Often times when you fall off the bandwagon the first thing we do is start to beat ourselves up. We start with negative self talk that only keeps us in the rut we are currently in.
We call ourselves lazy or say we just don’t have what it takes to do this. We literally beat ourselves up so bad that we give up.
So the first thing you need to do is stop beating yourself up.
So what you messed up on your diet the last few weeks. Don’t allow a setback to cause you to give up. Just make a conscience decision to do better tomorrow.
You have the power!
Find a Good Support Group
Having a tribe of friends that support you through this journey is a game changer.
Sometimes all you need is a little nudge to help you get back on track. A good support group will provide you with that nudge and so much more.
Being able to talk to others who are on their own journey to better health can give you the motivation and inspiration you need to keep going.
Facebook is a great place to find support groups. There are also apps that provide this type of service.
Commit To Taking Just One Step
The overwhelm of getting back on track is usually a result of us overthinking everything. In reality all you need to do is focus on taking just one step towards your goal.
For example, if your goal is to start eating healthier, commit to eating a healthy breakfast for a week.
Or commit to prepping your meals for three days.
It sounds simple but committing to just one step will help you start gaining momentum. Once you start to gain momentum it will be a lot easier for you to start eating healthy the entire day versus just for breakfast.
Define Your Why
This is by far one of the most important things for you to do when it comes to your fitness journey.
Why is it that you want to get in better shape and improve your health? Do you have children you want to set a good example for?
Do you want to lower your risk of certain weight related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure?
Do you want to be more active with your grandchildren?
Whatever your why is, you need to write it down in a location where you can easily see it everyday.
When you wake up you need to be reminded of why you are doing this. If your why is big enough it will help get you through the tough times.
Clear Your Head
Sometimes you just need to get away to clear your head and do a little soul searching. Clearing your head could mean going outside for a walk or sitting on your porch and having a cup of tea.
The idea is to get some alone time so you can ask yourself the hard questions and get to the root of was causing you to be in a rut.
Ask yourself what has led to you becoming stuck and unmotivated. Take a journal with you so you can freely write down how you feel.
When writing in your journal make it a point to do so without judgement. Don’t judge yourself for how you feel. Just write it down without overthinking it.
It doesn’t even matter if it makes sense or not. Just write down what you feel is causing you to lose your motivation.
Once you have cleared your head you will be able to see what the real problem is. You can then come up with a solution to deal with it.
Use Money As Motivation
Money is one of the biggest motivating forces in the world. One of the easiest ways to get back on track is to put some of your hard earned money on the line.
Pick something that you want to work towards. It could be a vacation, a new outfit or anything you want to be.
Now, every time you complete a workout you can put $10 towards that goal. If you don’t do a workout then no money goes towards your goal.
This is a great way to get you motivated to get up and workout.