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By: Stephanie Laboe, Fitness Specialist 

We’ve all heard it and probably said it before, “I’m just not motivated today”. If you find yourself saying this more often than not, these tips should help you break free from the ebb and flow of motivation.

Believe it or not, most of us who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and get enough sleep aren’t necessarily motivated to do those things every single day. We all have the same daily struggle of hitting the snooze button or working through our lunch hour because we’re too busy. The difference is finding something other than motivation to drive you to make decisions toward your goals.

There is no doubt that motivation works in the short term and can jump start any new healthy change, but the reality is that motivation almost always fades. It’s important to realize that you won’t always feel motivated to make healthy decisions or to go to the gym when you planned, but that’s okay.

So, the next time you are searching for motivation to get a workout in or choose vegetables over French fries use these tips to keep you on track:

  • Think about your goal and how your decision will affect that goal.

  • Find the joy and the positive in your healthy steps. Instead of thinking about how tired you are, think about how proud you’ll be when you’re done.

  • Be mindful of the way you feel after you’ve taken that step toward your goal. Take note of the way your workout cleared your head after a stressful day at work or how great you slept after a day of eating healthfully. Make those positive feelings stick so you can use them to drive you next time you hit a road bump.

  • Take small steps toward your goals. Too much change at once can result in disappointment, burnout, and exhausted willpower. Developing habits slowly is the best way to make lifelong healthy changes.

  • Lastly, don’t give up! If you have a bad day, week, or even month, remember, every day is a new day to a fresh new start.