Nov 18th, 2013
Author: alex kuhn
The motivation to lose weight, to exercise and eat healthy can be…well, let’s just say tough. Let’s not kid ourselves, saying “no” to that second helping can feel downright impossible. Between work, school, parenting, friends, networking, homework… you probably don’t feel like you even have the time to lose weight. The simple answer that many of us know is we either need to eat healthy or exercise more.
But knowing what to do is never the problem, is it? In fact, I know all to well how many people’s good intention seems to go by the way side. The problem is never a matter of education but more a matter of motivation. It can be difficult to stay motivated, especially if you aren’t doing the right things to stay motivated. Here are three tips that you honestly may know…but my guess is you are just not implementing them.
Tip #1: Stop Asking “How” and Start Asking “Why”
How many ways are there to exercise? How many ways are there to eat healthy? How many times have you asked yourself these two questions, in one form or another? My guess is A LOT!
The truth is that “how” you achieve a goal is less important than “why” that goal is important to you. Why do you want to lose weight…no really, WHY is it so important that you lose weight? Why will this change your life? To often, I hear many people talk about discovering a new eating program, finding a great gym that has the latest and best training methods. But after two or three weeks, they stop going or fall back into old habits. When you are able to get to the core of yourself and truly understand why it’s important you lose weight, you will begin to truly break through barriers you don’t know you currently have. The tool most often overlooked and rarely used is the journal. Do not just log your workouts and nutrition, but rather write down why losing weight is so important to you. It will not only help you to get motivated…but more importantly, stay motivated!
Tip #2: Choose Partner Wisely
Who is the easiest person to ask for help? I bet it’s either someone in your family, one of your close friends, or your significant other. After all, you feel comfortable and trust that they will push you because this is what you really want. Right?
More often than not, those closest to you love you and like you just the way you are. In fact, that’s why they spend time with you! This is not to say that these individuals may not be good accountability partners. It just means that picking those closest to you is not the right method to selecting a partner. You want to select someone who is committed and challenges you to stay on track. In fact, sometimes it’s better to find a partner you don’t even know yet! How do you do this? Instead of putting on those headphones at the gym, take them out and start talking with people around you. Whether you are talking with someone on the treadmill next to you or at your spinning class, I bet you will find someone who has the same goals that you do. Finding people who empower and challenge you will only bring out your best!
Tip #3: Kill Two Birds With One Stone
Have you ever gone to the gym feeling the following: “I really shouldn’t be here…I have so much work to finish.” Or maybe it sounds like, “I promised Jack I would meet him at TGIF’s at 7pm, because I know he had a tough day.”
More often than not, people find reasons to NOT workout or NOT eat well. Do you have a lot going on in your life? Absolutely! Do you have other tasks that need to be completed? Of course! But never let exercise stop you from doing those things. Let’s say you really need to finish that report you haven’t even started for tomorrow. Instead of skipping the workout, find a stationary bike, pedal at 30-50% effort for thirty minutes and use that time to start brainstorming ideas on your phone. If your promised a friend that you’d spend some time with them, why not recommend that you’ll bring over groceries and cook a healthy meal for both of you while chatting. Exercise and eating healthy does not have to be an all-encompassing activity. It’s better to do something than to do nothing. More importantly, how great will you feel about yourself after you accomplished two of your daily goals!