It is no secret that the past few months brought a number of additional challenges to our lives. Our routines have been uprooted and the normal structure that we typically rely on might not be there anymore. I found that my motivation during quarantine declined dramatically. Gyms were closed, we couldn’t travel, and visiting friends and family was restricted. I really struggled during this time and that’s why I had to prioritize finding my motivation and energy again.
Finding motivation to consistently work to reach your fitness goals is difficult at any point, but during quarantine it has been much more challenging. So I am going to offer you two steps to find and keep your motivation.
Goal Setting Every morning, I sit down and outline what my goals are for the day and what I would like to accomplish. By goal setting daily and being intentional with what you will do to reach your goals, you are reminding yourself what you are working toward and how you can get there. When you don’t feel the most motivated, you can look at your plan and your goals and use it as an extra push to get your work done.
Habit & Routine Your habits and routine are going to be your best tool to reach your goals when you’re feeling unmotivated. Realistically, you will not always be motivated so you want a contingency plan to keep you going on those days where you don’t feel like going to the gym, or going for a run, or when you’re craving every cookie, chip, and chocolate bar. A good routine and healthy habits are essential to help you reach your goals.
Check out the book, The Power of Habit for more information on habit and routine.
Today, I challenge you to set goals: what do you want to accomplish today, this week, and this month? And what actions can you take to reach those goals?
I also challenge you to focus on one poor habit to break and a healthy habit to develop. For instance, right now I am trying to break my habit of eating late at night and nurture a habit of going to the gym first thing in the morning.