Let’s face it. We all go through lulls in motivation. There are times of year where you’re really motivated. You’re eating right and hitting the gym 4-5 days per week. Then there are other times where the last thing you want to do is workout or stick to any kind of healthy eating routine.
Maybe you’re feeling stuck in progress. Maybe you’re feeling exhausted. Maybe you’re feeling flat and just not like you want to put in the effort you used to. So what should you do?
Whenever you are feeling this way it’s imperative that you gain some clarity. It’s a great time to lean on your coaches and trainers. We’ve all been there countless times and can serve as guideposts for you to get “unstuck”.
What I have found time and time again that gets people out of a rut as quickly as possible is a short term goal or something to train for. When we feel unmotivated and like not taking action at all, it’s usually because we are bored or overwhelmed in some area of our life. Creating a short term meaningful challenge can reinvigorate that spark.
In some cases this may look like a 30 day nutrition challenge, or a month long gym “sit-up” challenge. This could be as simple as committing to walking 10,000 steps everyday. It could be signing up for a new race or finding a challenging hike you want to attack. The key here is not to add too much. It’s actually better to just pick 1 thing. Adding too much change at once can lead to overwhelm and become counterproductive.
As an added bonus, if you do this challenge with a friend, spouse, or co-worker, you get a build in accountability partner and you can lean on each other when one person’s motivation is slowing down. This helps keep you going when things get tough.
So what one thing in your life, if you added it right now would not only challenge your health and fitness but also keep you motivated? That one thing is exactly what you should choose.
That being said, maybe you can’t choose that one thing. Don’t worry, many of us can’t. That’s why hiring a professional is extremely important when you’re lacking motivation. We can not only help you identify it, but can help you stick to it.
This is precisely why at 13 Stripes Fitness, we sit down with our clients every 90 days to discuss their goals. It gives them clarity on 1-2 things they need to do. It provides a sense of urgency to get those things done before the next check in. Most importantly it provides an opportunity to seek additional help if needed.