Healthy Series – Get your head in the game

Get your head in the game!

There’s a lot of literature out there on the inter-webs about the mind/body connection and how you should focus on the muscle as you move, etc, etc. I’m not going to talk about that. Instead I want to talk about motivation.

If you read my last post about getting over your excuses and getting your workouts in, that’s really what I’m talking about.

I think having goals is very important. It helps you know what you’re working toward and keeps you motivated.

If you are having difficulties with motivations here are my suggestions (sorry I’m a list-a-holic and on a roll lately).

1 – Figure out your goals — if you already have goals and still aren’t motivated, then re-evaluate. Maybe you need new ones?

2 – Visualize – if you can visualize the end result then that’s great! If not, print out photos or a list or something that will help you keep your eye on the prize.

3 – Check in – seriously, do a weekly or daily check in. Whether it’s on facebook, sparkpeople, toneitup, or a text to a friend. Check in and be accountable.

4 – Give yourself a break. When you REALLY aren’t feeling it, give yourself a break. Maybe you’re overdoing it? Maybe you have too much on your plate. Just take a day off. But remember to get back on the wagon the next day.

5 – Have a plan “B.” I’m terrible with this. I don’t like planning for “failure,” but an old boss once told me “sometimes you have to redefine what a win is.” That’s very true. Success means so many different things to different people. So many of my friends can’t believe I’ve finished a half marathon or attempted a full, meanwhile I’m focusing on not finishing the full and having slow times on the halfs. Redefining success and focusing on the little things really does help!

How do you keep yourself motivated, or get motivated when you’re lacking?

~H

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