How to Revive Your New Year’s Motivation
Written by Invictus Member Rachel Ragosa
Did you know that a vast majority of people who have made a New Year’s resolution have already given up? Making the right nutrition choices and getting to the gym may feel just a bit harder than it did January 1st, but pushing through is critical. Here are a few ways to kick yourself into gear and revive that motivation that was so prevalent at the start of the year.
Push Through Until It Is a Habit
Research shows that it takes 21 days, or three weeks, for something to become a habit. So if you have been consistently going to the gym since the start of the year, congratulations! You have made it! The longer you are consistent, the less you have to think about it. If you still aren’t quite to “habit” status, hang in there! Once you get to the three-week mark, it does get easier.
Review Your Progress
You should be tracking your progress in one way or another. If you aren’t, now is a great time to start. Seeing positive changes are one of the biggest ways to keep your motivation even when things get tough. Take progress pictures, record your lifts, or keep a CrossFit journal. Each month, take a few moments to pat yourself on the back and inspire yourself to keep moving forward.
Connect with Someone You Admire
Whether it is someone in class who always crushes their workout or a coach that you admire, take a moment to talk with them. If you feel that you are struggling to keep motivated, ask for advice. They may have some suggestions that connect with you and your particular physical challenges. Bonus, if you know someone is holding you accountable at the gym, you are much more likely to show up.
Read Inspiring Quotes
A personal habit that I have developed is reading one motivational or inspiring quote per day. It can help give a little push on days that I don’t feel 100% about working out. I find that by finding inspiring stories or quotes, it makes me feel grateful for my progress and more motivated to keep pushing myself.
Remember: Keep pushing your limits and never give up! You got this!
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