Two friends talking while cycling

Sticking to a routine

Managing your weight, falling in love with an active lifestyle and eating and drinking better are all long-term processes.

There will be ups and downs.

For many of us, when we have a blow out, we beat ourselves up, feel like we’re out of control and fall back into our unhealthy behaviours (what psychologists call the abstinence-violation effect).

Instead, if you’re trying to be healthy but you’ve given in to temptation, think of it as a well-earned treat, forgive yourself and get back to being healthy. When we’re making a long-term change to adopt a healthy lifestyle, we need to accept that some unhealthy behaviours are actually part of a balanced life, as long as they’re a small part.

If you’re struggling with motivation, try these tips.

Set goals

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor your healthier body. Getting fitter takes a decent investment of time and effort, so it’s natural you want to see results ASAP. Setting targets along the way is a great way to keep your spirits up.

Chart your progress

Tracking your distance, weight, intensity, effort, the shade of red your face goes… you can track whatever you want to see how much healthier you are getting.

Phone a friend

Studies have shown that being active with a friend or in a group significantly helps with motivation, both during a workout session and over time.

Music

Being active and music; they’ve gone together even longer than exercise and lycra. And with good reason. Numerous studies have found that listening to music while doing physical activity helps with motivation, distraction and sticking with a program.

Mix it up

‘Cross training’ has been around since the 80’s, but even before it was a term, it was a thing. If you’re facing a motivational slump, try something new.

These are just a few things to help you keep motivated. The key is to try different strategies and find what works for you. Just remember, slip ups do happen, it’s how you deal with them that matters. Don’t worry, just because you miss a day or two or eat something unhealthy, it doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track to achieving your goals.