I just want to be honest with you all, I woke up today unmotivated to workout. I’ve been busting my butt for 75 days now. On May 27th I got serious about working out regularly (6 days a week, 1 day cardio). It’s definitely a struggle and sometimes discouraging to see minimal progress after you’ve packed on pounds in a short time frame. The beginning of it all is gaining bad eating habits and doing less physical activity in college. Here is a list of things you should consider to stay motivated and healthy.
- You can fit your clothes longer and keep your ideal shape for new trends. When you’re young, you out grow your clothes, but when you’re older that should be an indication that you’re probably gaining weight. Being able to fit the same clothes either shows that you have a high metabolism or you’re maintaining your weight. Also, keeping a fit shape (not everyone is slim) gives you confidence to wear certain clothes that truthfully don’t belong on out of shape people.
- You can look back at old pictures and admire where you were then and where you are now. This point is more so emotional. If you can look back on your pictures and say, wow I looked good and my body hasn’t changed much or I’ve really gotten better…that’s a great confidence booster! Feeling confident in how you look and not constantly wishing to look different is one less thing to worry about.
- You will maintain energy and strength levels. Having a balanced diet and working out regularly does wonders for your body. The balanced diet allows you to have a balanced energy reserve to make it throughout the day. You’ll have more energy to complete homework throughout the day instead of cramming it all at night. Working out allows your muscles to stay in shape and to perform daily tasks without losing your breath or feeling worn out. It’s a win-win situation!
- Healthy habits will transfer into adulthood after college. It is true that it is easy to gain unhealthy habits in college. Eat whatever you want whenever you want is basically the mantra. That leads to trouble. Picking healthier options, avoiding late night snacks, working out daily and the such promotes healthy living for today and tomorrow. However, do remember to enjoy yourself every now and then. You can have sweets once in a while and fried foods every blue moon. Just do it in moderation.
- You can inspire others to avoid the Freshman 15 and beyond. Showing that it can be done and being that success story for others is great! Being able to give advice and help others through the process is a guilt-free self serving feeling that is a positive example to others as well. Being that example just makes things easier for the person looking up to you. It also spreads motivation to them!
If you remember these points, you are sure to stay motivated to avoid the Freshman 15 and beyond. Staying fit is not just a fad, trend or unattainable lifestyle. This is a way to show your body that you love it and care for it. At times it may be tough to get back to where you once were or get to the place you want to be. However, if you can find your motivation to do so, you can do it. Same goes for maintaining, if you want to continue feeling energized and loving the way you look in your clothes, etc…stay motivated!!
Share in the comments what keeps you motivated. I was happy to come up with these five points but I’m sure there’s more out there! Let me know! Also, of course, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog! 🙂