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Secrets to Staying Motivated to Exercise

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Stop trying so hard! 

The key to staying motivated is similar to fuel in a car—you don't need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty.  I know this is going to sound strange coming from a motivational speaker on the subject of health and fitness, but don't waste precious time and energy on staying highly motivated because motivation has a natural rhythm. Most people see a drop in motivation as a signal of failure, but it's not.  Everybody waxes and wanes, ebbs and flows, revs and idles through the course of a week or month.

If you notice that your motivation is waning, give yourself a break from your diet or fitness plan for one to three days. The problem with motivation is that the more people try to ‘catch' it, the more elusive it becomes; by allowing it to run its natural course and at the same time having a set of habit-changing skills (such as a meal plan for the week), you'll stay on track and your motivation levels will run their natural course.

As Scarlett O'Hara said, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

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