Ideas to Keep You Motivated on Your Off Days

Sometimes we simply just do not feel like eating healthy or exercising. We plain and simple do not want to do anything which will benefit our health.  These are just some of those off days that everyone has now and then. Even the most diehard health fanatics and fitness experts have those days; nobody is perfect.  There is nothing wrong with you if you simply are not fully committed and can’t stick to your routine every day.  You’re only having one of those days.  But just because you’re having an off day that doesn’t mean you scrap your whole fitness routine.

Your health is one of the most important things upon which you need to stay on top.  So, you need to figure out ways to keep yourself inspired and minimize those days where you simply feel “blah”.

Ideas which may keep you motivated:

You can make your health a priority – The bottom line is your health is as important, if not more important, than anything else.  Watching TV, playing on the computer, staying up on current events, taking a night out on the town, are nowhere near as important as your health.  How can you do all those things, keep doing them, and enjoy doing them for as long as you live if you’re not in the best of health?  Putting your health on the top of your priority list regularly and depriving yourself of all the things you would like to do in life can push you through a few of those off days.

Picture It – If you started a fitness routine to get fit, change the way you look, and/or lose weight, than you obviously have a target.  Now, nothing could be more rewarding or motivating then taking a nice look in the mirror at your present self if you have not reached your goal yet.  Doing so can sometimes be daunting and it may force yourself to get back on the horse because you do not want to look like that anymore.  You began your fitness regimen, diet, or whatever because you had a goal in mind. Now, after you stare at your current self in the mirror, you’ll be forced to evaluate how you look.  Visualize how great you’re going to look when you have reached your objective. You need to not only consider how great you’re going to look, but how great you’re going to feel physically and emotionally as well.

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Reward yourself – Rewarding yourself with something great that you want when you have reached a certain goal is a fantastic motivation.  By having that reward set, whatever it is, for whatever you might have done (worked out so many days per week, lost so much weight, controlled your eating habits, etc.) it will get you moving.  You can’t have this reward until you meet the goal you’ve set for yourself and having an off day can set you back from getting whatever it is you might want.  Do not let your off days hold you back from your reward.  Take control and get your routine done on that off day so that you can get that reward sooner.

Calling all support – Having a support team, people that stand behind you on whatever you’re doing to benefit your health is one of the best things you can have and utilize.  When you’re having one of those off days, you should certainly call in your support team if nothing else works.  Having someone else besides yourself to remind you why you’re exercising and knowing the right words to say to you to get you re-motivated can be just what you want on an off day.  So, do not be ashamed of your off day and avoid talking to someone about it.  They can be exactly what you need to get you back on track.

Do something – Even if you do not feel like going 100% on your off day, you still need to do something.  Ѕоmеthіng іs bеttеr thаn nоthіng whеn іt соmеs tо уоur hеаlth аnd fіtnеss.  By doing something, even if it is a 30-minute walk around the park, you may end up rejuvenated and with more energy. It’s not unusual to find yourself deciding at that point that you DO want to complete your normal physical fitness routine.

Don’t expect you’re going to want to exercise every day. You’re not. When those days happen, you need to look for ways to get over it and stay focused. Whether that involves recognizing your health must be a priority, picturing your end goals, or calling in your support team, you just need to keep at it. It will all be worth it in the enda

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