Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get stronger, or simply want to live a healthier, happier life, motivation doesn’t come easy. Taking the first step to a new you is a big one, but staying true during your journey is often easier said than done.
Here are six wellness hacks that will keep you motivated so that you can achieve your goals.
1. Start (or restart) now
We’re all guilty of waiting for the perfect time to start. How many times have you told yourself that you’ll start on Monday? The fact is that in life, there will always be something standing in your way. What’s important is that you not only find a way to get around the roadblock, but that you want to get around it.
Excuses keep you from being the best version of you. Whether you’re too tired or too out of shape, now is the time to dig deep and to stay true to yourself. Remember why you set this goal and why you need to stick it out until you reach the finish line.
2. Set small, achievable goals
Setting lofty goals is a great thing, but they shouldn’t be the only goals you set. The best way to be successful is to set small, achievable goals. These smaller goals will keep you on track and keep you motivated to continue on your journey.
For example, maybe your goal is to lose 50lbs and successfully run a half marathon. Instead of only focusing on your main goal, break it down into milestones. Try setting a goal to lose 5lbs each month, or to shave 30 seconds off of your mile.
Each time you achieve a goal, you’ll feel more confident and empowered to meet your ultimate goal. When you achieve a smaller goal, set new ones.
3. Track your progress
Chances are that you have a smartphone or some other smart device that you can use to stay on top of your wellness goals. These days there are all sorts of awesome apps that are specifically designed to help track your progress while also keeping you focused and motivated.
Some of the best apps to try include:
- Map My Run
- My Fitness Pal
- Map My Fitness
These apps not only let you see your progress, you can set new goals and keep yourself accountable throughout your journey.
4. Go easy on yourself
No one is perfect and the fact is that you’re going to have slip ups and unexpected detours throughout your journey. What’s most important is how you react and move forward. Instead of beating yourself up, move on.
Use this time to reassess your goals and to make tweaks to your approach. Maybe your goal of working out six days a week needs to be reduced to five to meet your lifestyle. You’re more likely to succeed when your goals don’t feel like chores.
Make changes, find what works for you, and stick with it one day at a time.
5. Find an accountability partner
It’s much easier to stay on course when you have someone rooting for you and holding you accountable. You want someone on your side who understands your goals and will help you every step of the way.
Ideally you want to recruit someone who has a little more motivation than you. Don’t partner with someone who will easily agree that you should skip the gym this week or that you should give up on your nutritious meals and indulge instead.
6. Make smart nutrition decisions
No matter your goals, chances are that nutrition plays a role. What you eat impacts your mood, willpower, and your ability to deal with stress. When the going gets tough, you want to have good nutrition on your side.
Some of the best nutrition hacks to ensure your mind and body are running optimally include:
- Eating more whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables
- Increasing water intake throughout the day
- Eating less sugary and processed foods
Another effective way to maintain your nutrition is to take high quality supplements. Elm & Rye offers a growing inventory of supplements, including magnesium, protein, probiotic, turmeric, fat burner, and more.
With these six hacks, you’ll find that your willpower and determination are stronger than ever before.