Healthy Living

11 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated!

Finding motivation to get healthier is often easier said than done. These strategies can help you stick with it when you’re ready to quit:

  • Know your why. Remind yourself each day why’re you’re choosing to eat healthier or be more physically active. If you realize you’re doing something for the wrong reason–doing a task just to get it done instead of tackling it to learn something new–there’s no shame in shifting your why. The shift can be the spark that starts your engine.
  • Make large goals and small ones. This makes it easier to track your progress and not get discouraged.
  • Keep track of your progress in a log or journal. This will remind you of your objectives and help you celebrate the successes.
  • Don’t judge your progress by what your scale says. Judge yourself on how you feel over time.
  • Use your calendar to help you stay on task. Schedule meals, workouts and sleep just like you schedule doctor’s appointments, work meetings and social outings with friends.
  • Expect the unexpected. If you know overeat when you’re stressed, have an alternate stress-relief plan at the ready. A social gathering with loads of unhealthy food? Don’t restrict yourself too much or beat yourself up if you get off track that day.
  • Make meal prep your go-to tool. When it comes to eating right, you’re less likely to eat out and consume high-calorie, fat-laden foods if you’ve planned home-cooked healthy meals.
  • Find a support group. Family and friends can help hold you accountable.
  • Link your actions to good feelings. It’s easier to complete a difficult task if you focus on good feelings. So play your favorite song when you’re doing something you don’t really like.
  • Don’t get discouraged by plateaus. Re-evaluate your healthy lifestyle goals and adjust as necessary if what you’ve been doing no longer works for you.
  • Reward yourself. Whether it’s a long-term or short-term goal, it should be recognized.
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