Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
One of the easiest ways to sideline the very best of health and fitness routines is to lose motivation. Many of us have started a weight loss and fitness routine in order to look good for a special event, but as soon as the occasion has come and gone, we begin to struggle to remain committed. Here are some ways that you can kick-start your current routine or get motivated and remain motivated for lifelong success!
Adopt a philosophy. One of the most powerful statements that has lifted me out of bed on days I’d rather sleep in is a quote by professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece who said “Even on the days you just don’t feel like going to work, you still go, right? It’s the same with exercise.”
Adopt a mantra. Most of us are juggling work, childcare and a list of social commitments that make it difficult for us to focus on healthy eating and exercise. It’s during these moments when we are stretched for time and stressed out that we tend to make poor choices. By applying a short power mantra, it can redirect you and return you to your path. One of my favorites is “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.”
Define yourself. Attach a title to yourself that highlights your nutritional and fitness needs. For me, I remind myself during those weak moments that, “I am a runner.” This simple quote will automatically empower me to behave according to who and what I am.
Accept that a healthy lifestyle is not a destination but a journey. Most athletes usually do not obsess over their food intake or their basic physical exercise. They just choose healthy foods that fuel their body while dedicating the necessary time and energy to keep their physique in top form. For them, a fit body isn’t just something they bring to a high school reunion or a wedding – it’s the body they live in daily. As Gabrielle Reece suggested, they give their health and fitness the same importance that they do their job. That’s something we all can and should do!
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May 8th, 2011