Happy Wednesday :D
I hope you're having a good and productive week! This week is going lightning fast for me but I've got a lot accomplished so far and that makes me feel great! Wooo Whooo!!
What about u?! Have you been exercising this week? Are you eating clean? Remember...success doesn't happen overnight! We are a work in progress, which means we get there a little at a time, not all at once :)
Sometimes all we need is extra motivation to keep us going! Today I'm posting 7 MOTIVATION TIPS from a few of those who seem to have motivation on speed dial AND own it! Steal these tried and true motivation tips and see if a couple keeps you on track!
Ready?! Start reading!!
The Ultimate Prescription For Motivation...
"No. 1, get off your couch. No. 2, start moving. No. 3, smile. No. 4, keep moving. No. 5, keep smiling. No. 6, repeat daily. The truth is that being active is a behavior pattern: Once you start it, you keep going and going, and then it just feels wrong to stop moving."
- Dr. Jordan Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician, fitness instructor, 32 time marathon runner, 12 time Ironman finisher, and author of Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong: The Sports Doctor's Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury Free for Life.
Silence Sticking Points...
"Bolster your willpower in tough times. A lot of research shows that if blood sugar levels dip, willpower takes a severe nosedive. That's why when you go too long without eating, you'll over consume whatever is around you. Curb this by having a piece of fruit with nut butter or greek yogurt with fruit. The same thing has been shown with a lack of sleep. That's why I try to get enough sleep, and on those days I don't, I make sure I start out the day right with a protein rich breakfast to help reduce those sweet cravings."
- Julie Upton, MS, RD, athlete and co-author of The Real Skinny: Appetite for Heath's 101 Fat Habits and Slim Solutions.
Don't Give That Negative Voice The Time Of Day...
"You have to have tunnel vision and not think sometimes. Like the other day: I really didn't want to go to the gym, but I knew if I went through the motions, I'd eventually get there. I just have to get up, get moving and get my stuff together, and if I can make it to the car, I think I'm good. We all know how to put ourselves on autopilot, so get out and do it!"
- Toni Carey, co-creator of Black Girls Run!
Give Yourself A Pep Talk...
"Some of the hardest moments for me are being out at mile 87 of 100 miles. My legs hurt and all I want to do is lay down. What gets me across the finish line? A lot of self-talk: Holly, pull it together, you can do this! Look how far you've come! When you believe in yourself, the motivation comes second nature."
- Holly Miller, personal trainer, coach, yoga teacher, stationary cycling instructor, and ultramarathoner who has completed 2 Ironman triathlons, and has run more than 50 marathons.
Success Feeds Motivation...
"I live by the motto something is better than nothing. Yesterday was a great example: I was planning to do a long workout that ended up not happening because of meetings, but I still jumped into the gym and did 15 minutes. It counts because 15 minutes of physical activity is better than sitting. It also counts because it means I didn't skip a workout, it means I exercised regularly this week, and it helps reinforce that habit and routine. Doing exactly what I committed to do boosts my mood and motivation to continue. I am on track, in control and making progress, and it feels good. No matter what, I can make it work if I follow this motto."
- Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute and creator of the 7 Minute Workout.
Check Motivation Off The List...
"I'm a check-it-off-the-list kind of girl! I write everything I'm planning to do that day in a little book: Workout, take SLT, go to yoga. That's a great motivator because I don't like going to bed without almost everything from the day crossed off."
- Amanda Freeman, founder and owner of New York City boutique fitness studio SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone).
To Err is Human, To Forgive Is Motivating...
"If you stray, whether it's eating something you shouldn't have or skipping a workout because you're tired, be forgiving. When you start being hard on yourself, it takes the fun out of it, which is a sure way to zap motivation."
- Katie Warner Johnson, dancer and Physique 57 trainer and co-founder of activewear site Carbon38.
I REALLY like these tips!! Do you have any tips that have worked for you and would like to share?! If so, leave a comment!! :D
Have an AWESOME day!
See you on Friday!!
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Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist