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What to Do When You're Motivation Is Down

Motivation can come and go. But your long-term goals may not have changed. Here's some tips to stay on track even when your motivation has ebbed.

Motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. In terms of health and fitness, it may be your desire to get fit has you willingly going to the gym and make healthier choices at restaurants. Sometimes that motivation is really high and it feels like no big deal to do those things. But often, it is more of an ebb and flow. The motivation can come and go at odd times. And it makes it more challenging to stick to your goals.

Take a Step Back

It's okay to take a step back and take a little time off from the gym. Maybe your body, or mind, needs it. Take a day or two off and get some rest. Practice some self-care and relax a little. The goal is not to take weeks or months off, but just enough time that you are excited to get back to those workouts or healthy habits.

Re-evaluate Your Goals

Maybe it's time to sit down and take a look at your long-term goals again. Have you written them out? If not, now's the time to do it. Healthy weight, lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease or diabetes, improved endurance to keep up with the kids, taking that trip to Italy, feeling more energetic or just looking good can all go on the list. These are your goals and they should be important to you and motivating.

Give Yourself a Timeline

Many of us make goals, but don't really give ourselves a time frame for them. Well, add that in! If one of your goals is to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, make a doctor's appointment to have that checked in a month or two. Want to play outside with the kids in the summer? Put that date down and what you will do with your kids when you're feeling good and energetic. Want to take a trip or do a hike? Put a date on it and book it. These will give you more motivation to stick to your healthy habits and get things done.

Change it Up

It's possible that you're not motivated to eat healthily or go to the gym because you're bored with what you've been doing. Hit the internet and look up some new options for meals and snacks. Then get to the store and have those ingredients prepped and ready to go. Try a new class or overhaul your workout routine. You can also find a workout buddy or hire yourself a trainer. A few sessions will get you working hard and might give you some new ideas.

Don't Give Up

The bottom line is that while motivation may be low, your goals and health are still important. It's okay to re-evaluate and change things up, but don't give up on yourself!

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