One of the most challenging parts about exercising is keeping up with a workout routine. Just about everyone I know has gone through the cycle of starting out with a workout routine extremely motivated only to have the fire die out months or even just weeks later.
Keeping motivation up for workouts is no simple task. It takes consistent willpower to reach the big changes many of us would like to see in our body, minds and health. A big part of keeping up the workout motivation is just sticking to it, but another large part of it is avoiding certain things that have a tendency to kill motivation.
If you are ready to cut out some bad habits from your life to help keep consistent with your workout routine, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some bad habits that will ruin your workout motivation if they are not kept in check.
- Not Sleeping
Whether you have a nasty reading habit that keeps you up all hours or you spend a late night drinking at the pub, motivating to exercise the next day may feel more like climbing Mount Everest. Sleep is one of the most essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. For many, although admittedly not everyone, it is just a matter of putting aside enough time to sleep. Learn how to discipline yourself to jump under the sheets, so it can be easier to hop on the treadmill the next day.
- Hanging Out with the Wrong Crowd
Co-workers, friends, family, spouses, etc. are offer different perspectives on life. As social creatures, we are programmed to be persuaded by the behavior of those around us. Others may not intentionally drag you down, but they may just accidentally do it by inviting you to similar events that promote unhealthy living. We know you can’t stop hanging out with most people, nor do you need to unless they are destructive force in your life, just learn how to try to filter their influence on your behaviors.
- Taking a Complete Break from Healthy Living
They say that habits are hard to break, but in my experience, healthy habits are extremely easy to break. For examples, if you are making a significant effort to cook and eat at home more often, you know how much easier it is to just go out and eat. It is easy to slide back into old habits. When you decide to take a vacation from healthy habits completely, you may be taking a one way ticket out of your healthy lifestyle. Even when you are taking a minor break, try to incorporate healthy activities, foods and habits to help keep your efforts going.
It is a lot easier to workout and eat healthy when you convince yourself that you actually enjoy it. A lot of people do enjoy the results of how they look and feel after a workout, but they still have a tendency to complain about it. Stop yourself from complaining! Whenever you catch yourself doing or saying something negative, take the time to filter out that thought. Then counter-act this negative thought with all of the positive thoughts.
- Not Paying Attention to Your Diet
Eating healthy is not just about losing weight or other superficial nonsense; it is about giving your body the fuel it needs to work properly. If you want to exercise consistently, you need a diet that will give you the energy you need to keep up with that habit. Make sure you are eating enough calories with the right nutrition to keep you powered up to keep working for your fitness goals. Try to avoid empty foods that will just leave you feeling too drained to be the best version of yourself.
- Pushing Too Hard
Yes, you need to work hard to reach your goals, but there is such thing as pushing yourself too hard. When you are trying too hard it is easy to burn out or injure yourself. Either way, it results in losing momentum on your workout plan. Choose a sustainable plan for your workout, so that you can stick it out for long run.
- Keeping Up with the Permanent Lifestyle Change
There is no such thing as a short-term diet or exercise plan. You are changing your life as you know it when you embark on this journey. Even if you fall of the horse for a little bit do not get discouraged. Just hop right back on as soon as you can to continue fighting for your life with a healthy lifestyle.