Have you ever had one of those days where you think “You know what? Nope. Nope for today. Nope for my workout. Nope for my healthy food. Yes to Netflix on the couch and a whole pizza to myself.”
Yep. Me too. One Netflix day every so often is fine. But when your schedule looks more like “Work, eat, tv, sleep” every day…that’s where the issue lies.
It’s not easy to stay on track when life happens. And very rarely does life ever allow time for exercise and meal preps and staying active. You have to MAKE it happen. Is it easy? Oh, no. But it is worth it? Oh yes.
Here are some ways you can stay motivated even when you don’t want to:
1. Make a routine
It is always easier to stick to something when it becomes a part of your everyday routine. Find a time to workout that works best for you. Personally, I work an 8-5 job and when I get home I very rarely ever feel like going anywhere. Because of this, I know I need to get in my workout in the morning before work. I find that working out in the morning really sets me up to have a good day. I start my day more focused and energized when I start it off with a workout!
2. Get involved in a community
Whether it’s an online community through forums like Reddit’s r/loseit and MyFitnessPal or joining a running club and taking classes at the gym, joining a community will help you stay focused. You’ll meet people with similar goals and priorities and they will help keep you accountable.
Speaking of accountability…
3. Get an accountability buddy!
When you have an accountability buddy, staying on track is much easier and much more fun. If you can find someone with the same goals as you, it is so much easier to stay on track. They feel awesome on days you feel lazy and vice versa. A quick text/call/email and they can snap you out of that funk that you’re in.
4. Remember your goals
In the times that you feel like giving up or slacking off, remember why you started. Remember what you’re working towards. You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to make progress. Sure, everyone has bad days, but remembering your goal will help you make sure bad days aren’t habitual.
How do you stay focused when you feel like slacking?