Change the way you look at things next time you lose your motivation
We all have the best of intentions when it comes to working out and sticking to a regular fitness and health routine but sometimes life just gets in the way.
Most people can find it a struggle to fit training in around long hours spent at work and extra family commitments.
This is understandable and as a result there may be the odd occasion to miss a session at the gym or with your trainer.
But when you find yourself latching on to any old excuse to avoid a workout - maybe you overslept, had a big weekend or there was a movie marathon on TV - then we know your motivation is at an all-time low.
You may even have hit a wall and it's time to pull out a few trainer tricks to get you going again.
Find yourself a positive affirmation - I use the mantra "strong body, strong mind, strong sprit" and "live life".
Whenever I feel myself needing a little inspiration, I reaffirm my mantra and it reminds me why I love to keep fit and healthy.
Here a few affirmations you might find get you up and out the door for exercise.
> You are stronger than you know
> If it's not challenging you, then it's not changing you.
> You are resilient
> Don't talk about it, be about it.
Change your perspective: Start thinking about what you can do rather than what you can't do.
If you really want to make change in your life don't let the excuses derail you.
so many times I hear people say, "I'll start tomorrow" but in reality tomorrow can often become a week, a month or a year, or for some it can never come.
Keep setting goals: Set yourself some realistic goals that include clear milestones and as you progress towards your goal, you'll find a ripple effect will occur and things will start to fall into place in your work, home life and health.
Schedule a regular workout time: Look at your work and social calendar over the next month and pencil in day's and times you'll make your exercise a priority, that way you have made your commitment ahead and are more likely to follow through.
Just like our nutrition pre-planning, organisation always sets you up- for success.
Think fun and variety: if you are starting to feel bored and unmotivated with your exercise routine, change things up.
Variety is considered to be the spice of life so I regularly try new exercises, change workouts, run different routes to keep me excited and interested in my fitness.
Write down a list of fun activities you have always wanted to try and when you get bored refer to the list and step outside your box and try a new challenge.
Dress the part: Go out and buy yourself a new workout outfit or new runners.
When you look the part and feel the part you are more inclined to feel motivated to exercise.
Put some new tunes on your phone to work out to: Music can improve and lift you energy level.
Reach out to others for support: Grow your support network, find people who have similar goals to when you are in a slump you can call on them to get you going again.
Fake it till you can make it: This I love. Even when I'm not feeling like doing my workout I still turn up and through the motions.
it may not be the best workout but I still achieved it and I've stayed in my routine.
Remember to be grateful: One of the things I appreciate most is I am able to train.
There are people out there who don't have their health and the resources and opportunity to exercise.
Remember your motivation is the key to making change and creating a healthier, happier you, so let's start the motivation and repeat after me - "I can do this" - and never give up.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.