One of my main concerns when I originally began my fitness adventure was staying motivated. I was at a loss for where to begin. I’ve learned throughout the years that motivation isn’t something that comes naturally. You won’t be able to turn on a magic switch, but there are simple ways to get motivated if you’re ready to make a meaningful change!
1. Experiment with new ideas
It may appear simple, but attempting something new (or revisiting an old favorite) can be scary. I was terrified because of previous “failures” that made me believe I couldn’t do it. It felt difficult to lose even 10 pounds, let alone 45! However, I did. I had to face my fears, embrace my discomfort, and go ahead and do it anyhow! The beautiful thing is that when you set a goal for yourself and follow through on it, your mind gets transformed.
Achieving a little goal, such as holding a 10 second plank or going for a 5-minute walk every day, will provide you with an instant boost of inspiration!
2. Look for genuine inspiration
Don’t get me wrong: girls who have been in shape their entire lives are extremely encouraging, but witnessing women who have struggled with weight loss alter their bodies is quite astounding. The bodies of the girls in publications (now tik tok, ig, etc.) didn’t seem reachable to me. Granted, I had no idea what their backstories were, but I assumed they had always been slim.
I needed some true inspiration, which I didn’t know existed at the time, so I had my mother take some photos of myself and used them as inspiration. It was terrible to look at images of my physique at that stage, not because I hadn’t done anything yet. I was aware of the mental and emotional anguish I was experiencing at the time, and I never wanted to experience it again.
I wish I had had other female role models at the time. It was inspiring to watch how “regular” ladies were able to reduce weight, get healthier, gain confidence, and have a family. lifestyle. I didn’t, but now you do, which makes me ecstatic! I love that I, along with the thousands of other women who have changed their life, can be that for you.
3. Indulge in some chocolate (or another dopamine) stimulating treat.
Here’s another low-tech method for boosting your motivation: Consume some chocolate. Chocolate’s effects on the brain are well-studied, not to mention tasty and readily available.
Some of the things that happen when you consume some are as follows:
- It boosts serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter, as well as phenylethylamine, a stimulating neurotransmitter. White chocolate intensifies each of these effects.
- It stimulates the release of dopamine, which raises your heart rate and boosts your motivation.
- It also has a moderate antidepressant effect, owing to the fact that the stimulants induce your brain to promote happy feelings.
Blueberries, spirulina, and Omega-3-rich fish are other dopamine-inducing foods that can help you maintain a balanced diet.
4. Look for some green.
Certain colors conjure up specific images in our minds. Have you ever wondered why, for example, all sales signs are red? It’s because when individuals perceive a color, they react faster and more violently. The color red is often associated with a danger signal, which draws attention.
Which color do you think gives you the most motivation and energy?
Green is a color.
In two experiments, researchers discovered that being surrounded by a touch of green boosts motivation and that being exposed to the color green promotes creativity.
Six academics from the University of Essex published the initial study in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology in 2012.
While seeing a video of a rural cycling track, respondents were asked to execute three riding workouts. Green, gray, or red filters were applied to the videos at random. The cyclists were happier and less weary after using the green filter. They become more motivated simply by seeing a lot of green.
Participants in the second experiment were asked to write as many uses for a tin can as they could in under two minutes and were rated on their originality. They showed the individuals short flashes of green, blue, white, and gray before each test. What was the hue that was most closely related with fostering creativity? Green.
People are more likely to think of growth when they see green, according to a study. It’s interpreted as a sign that we can increase our task mastery and expand our horizons.
How can you make your life more environmentally friendly? Take a walk outside! Take a walk around a garden or someplace with foliage and plants. Is there a local park where your neighbors prefer to eat lunch? Are there a lot of trees to wander about in? Is there at least one patch of grass near your place of business?
5. Organize yourself.
If your mind is a jumble, scribble them down in a notepad or on a whiteboard. It’s easier to organize your ideas when everything is in front of you. It’s difficult to feel inspired to do anything if your ideas are disorganized.
Perhaps, in addition to organizing your thoughts, you should also manage your physical space. Cleaning your room or work place is an excellent method to create a productive environment. The majority of people perform better in a well-organized and tidy work environment.
Even if you don’t believe that’s your issue, it’s worth a shot. What if getting organized is exactly what you need to find the motivation to get started and kick your to-do list in the face with a ferocious roundhouse kick?