5 Ways to Stay MOTIVATED

I’ve talked about motivation and inspiration and fitspiration a lot over the years here on Moi Contre La Vie. But since I always get questions from followers, friends, and family about how I stay motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle, I guess I’ll have to keep writing about this topic. Which is fine by me, because I think it’s an important obstacle that we’re faced with almost daily.

So, which that in mind, here are my top 5 ways to stay MOTIVATED:

Set Goals – I don’t know about you, but I’m competitive as all get out. Having a goal, and smashing that goal, is serious motivation for me to keep at it. Start small and work your way up to larger, more meaningful goals. Maybe start with working out twice a week, or going for a short walk after dinner. Then aim for 20 minutes of activity a day. You may find, that in a few months or a year, you can throw yourself into goals that you never thought possible like a fitness challenge program or running a race.

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Reward Yourself – I love setting and reaching goals. But I especially love it when reaching that goal means getting something that I’ve been looking forward. Like a new piece of activewear or a massage. Treating yourself to something nice is a great way to stay motived to reach your goals. {Check out my Rewarding Yourself post for more ideas!}Group Effort – Find a friend or a family member to help hold you accountable, or join a challenge or online community. It doesn’t matter whether that means downloading an app or texting back and forth or having a weekend running buddy. You will be amazed how inspirational it is to hear about everyone else’s progress, it really keeps you going.

Calendar It – Set a routine for yourself. Making fitness a part of your every day life, no matter what, will make it much easier. Try thinking about your workout like going to work – You just do it, even if you don’t want to. One trick that I’ve learned over the years is to block off the time on my work calendar so that I don’t schedule something else. I go to the gym every day at 11am, no matter what.

Remind Yourself WHY – If you can’t remember why you’re doing this, you won’t be able to sustain it. So hold on to the reason that you started this journey and when you feel your motivation flagging, pull that reason back up to the forefront. Are you trying to get healthier and avoid chronic disease? Are you trying to reach a goal for an event or birthday? Do you want to spend quality, healthy time with family or a significant other? Try to remember why this is important to you and how it will benefit your life.

J’Adore – If you LOVE your workout, you’re going to want to do it. So find something that you look forward to. Try different classes, or a personal training, or pick up a new active hobby. From boxing to running to zumba – There’s something out there that you’ll really truly enjoy. So go find it! 🙂

How do YOU stay inspired to lead a healthy life?


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