There are always times when we just don’t feel like trying, like working out, or like taking the time to make a healthy meal instead of just reaching for the Doritos. Instead of beating down on yourself for even feeling this way, look at it as an opportunity to examine what is making you feel so unmotivated and how to ramp up your determination in general. There are great ways to increase your motivation.
Things that often lead us to a lack of motivation:
- Lack of sleep
- Poor eating – bad food definitely affects my mood
- Low self-esteem
- Making excuses
When we’re tired we flake on plans, on friends, dates, and even things we were really looking forward to, so it’s no surprise that we will also flake on our healthy eating habits and workout routines. This is NORMAL. But if you are aware of this and make the effort to get enough sleep, especially when you know you’re going to have a stressful day, you can begin to beat the system. I also feel like lack of motivation can become a vicious cycle. The more junk food I eat, the more I don’t feel like moving, the more sick I feel, then the more junk food I crave. Yikes! Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t have junk food every now and again. I’m not the abstinence-only teacher of junk food where one french fry is going to lead to a food baby pregnancy. But the longer you stay off the wagon the harder it’s going to be to catch back up to it.
Motivation is defined as “The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” and/or “The general desire or willingness of someone to do something” The same can be applied to all of the reasons why you aren’t feeling motivated. When you are on top of the world, when you jump off the couch and lace up your running shoes to hit the gym or go for a job even when it’s raining, that is motivation. But why do you feel that way? Think about what makes you relentless in your determination for better health. And on that same parallel, think about how you feel when you’re unmotivated – what keeps you feeling that way? Is it a choice? Is it because of something that happened that day? How much control do you want to give that feeling? Do you want to embrace it, is it a fact (probably not), can you step back and just observe it before you let it consume you?
You need a theme song. You need a song that gets you totally pumped up to get off your booty and go workout. Sometimes I’ll just find songs on YouTube I absolutely LOVE, blast them and have random solo dance parties (they usually look something like this). By the end of that, I want to hit the gym. 🙂
Most of the times that I don’t feel like running are the most important times I should go running or workout in general. Excercise releases endorphins, it makes us feel better. Even when I’m hung over, I try to go running, it just works. Motivation isn’t something that is just going to be handed to you, you have to work to get it and maintain it, just like anything else in life. The biggest part of continual health is keeping our efforts alive to get there. So stop making excuses, this is your life, your body, your mind, and your mentality you’re thinking about. How do YOU want to feel?
Go lace up! 😉