How To Stay Motivated To Being Healthy

We’re halfway through the month of January and I bet some are you are starting to wonder whether your New Year’s resolution of trying to stay healthy is working–or even worth pursuing.

Being healthy isn’t a one time thing and it needs consistency. You can’t be healthy by eating a salad once a month or doing a morning jog once or twice a month. However, every little effort always counts and you have to appreciate that little effort that you’ve done in order to stay motivated.

If you feel like you’re waning and losing motivation, here are 3 things that you can do in order to get rid of the negative feeling of giving up.

Focus On The Feeling

If you’ve been doing this for a couple of days already, or maybe weeks, ask yourself about the benefits that you’ve been feeling as early as now. If you’re trying to eat healthily and trying to fit exercise in your daily routine as a goal this month, don’t fret about the lack of drastic results.

Okay, so maybe you still haven’t reached your ideal weight because it’s still too early for that, but I’m sure that you’ve seen and felt the results of your hard work as early as now. Working out and eating healthy makes you feel more energetic, productive and possibly in a better mood in just a couple of days. Focus on that feeling! Always remember that your hard work will always reap results. Just keep going, you’ll get there.

Remind yourself that weight loss is a very long process and you need about 3-4 months of consistent healthy habits in order to show drastic results. I find it better to create more specific goals about weight loss in order to refrain from getting discouraged after a month or so. Start from small habit changes before you shift to bigger ones, don’t go giving yourself unrealistic goals like: Lose 3 pounds in 1 month. This is a recipe for failure and you wouldn’t want that. A better goal would be: Add 15 minutes more of cardio to the daily routine.

Another thing is to focus on the distant ailments that you can prevent in the future, such as cancer and diabetes. Again, being healthy doesn’t just happen in a day or two. It’s a process that develops over time when done with consistency.

Work On Fitting The Healthy Lifestyle In Your Life

Let’s say you’ve committed to doing the 30 minutes workout every other day. But you still struggle to fit those 30 minutes and you still feel like you can do something that’s way more productive than that morning jog. If that’s the case, then you need to fix your schedule and really work on fitting those 30 minutes into your daily life without giving yourself an excuse to prioritize something else.

Maybe the morning jog isn’t the best time of the day that you should be working out? Ask yourself if you want to switch the time, like after work or even at night. All you have to do is that within those 30 minutes, your schedule is only meant for the workout.

Another thing to consider is if the yoga class that you’re attending is an hour away and you dread the travel time, you might want to consider looking for a yoga class that’s near you or maybe find an alternative way to do your exercise. In order to achieve consistency, you need your healthy habits to be sustainable. Being healthy shouldn’t be a daunting task.

Mind Over Matter

If you’re not used to healthy habits, you will find tons of excuses to tell yourself in order to skip working out or eating healthy. It’s all in the mind though! Don’t let those bad inner voices talk you out of this healthy lifestyle. Always look at the brighter side and urge yourself to stay motivated. Remind yourself that this is for the better and you’re extending your lifespan when you’re healthy.

Being healthy is an investment– the best form of investment anyone can have. So, don’t give up on doing your healthy habits! Keep going!

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91 Comments

  • Jennifer Jenkins says:

    I agree with everything here. Fitness is really a commitment and you just can’t back out just because you don’t feel like it. Not only that, you will just gain more weight if you stop abruptly.

    • That is so true! When I did this, I feel like I gained the weight I lost x2. I had to do it over again.

  • Vanessa Peden says:

    Not really giving up yet, but I’m starting to feel frustrated that the results are slow. Yes, I have been seeing changes but I feel like they’re not enough. But I gess I can use this feeling as a motivation in order to keep going and do better, until I achieve better results.

  • Debra Whaley says:

    I have a long distance boyfriend that’s coming home this February and I really want to lose weight for him. I feel like during the months that he was away, I totally neglected myself. I just want to be prettier.😥

  • Carol Kelly says:

    Thank you for this post about motivation. I don’t even try to do resolutions anymore. I just focus on doing better every New Year. But this made me realize that I really just have to commit to doing better in order to keep going.

  • Angelica Prouty says:

    Staying healthy shouldn’t be a daunting task! This is so accurate! It’s supposed to be something that you should be doing on a daily basis.

  • Kath Brantley says:

    A little encouragement is all we need sometimes. It’s not so hard when you think about it, it’s true that it’s all in your head sometimes.

  • Motivation is very tricky. You have to find the right motivation in order to stay motivated. It can’t just be random stuff that you thought of.

  • Judith Hake says:

    It’s true that you have to fit these healthy habits into your daily life PERFECTLY. You can’t half ass it. You’ll be giving up so fast if you do that.😕

  • Cindy Buford says:

    You have to stay strong in order to keep doing all these things. Put your mind into it as well.

  • Don’t forget to stay focused. If you want results, don’t just give up. It took me forever to realize that I shouldn’t stop doing it.

  • Julie Shaw says:

    it’s so important to shift your thought from “i have to” to “i get to!” i feel like we often take for granted how amazing it is that our bodies are able to move in so many ways, and we need to honor that by cherishing every moment of exercise!

  • Myra Jordan says:

    Wonderful tips for such a lazy person like me. This has really helped me out! Thank you so much

  • Freda Miles says:

    So grateful you made this post. I agree 100% that health is not just eating and exercising, its every aspect of yourself.

  • April Henry says:

    Oh my gosh just when I was about to give up on my healthy routine. The universe has my back. Your content is amazing & this articles is so helpful and came into my life when I needed it. Thank you 💙

  • Genie Mackenzie says:

    This article was so inspiring seeing as I’m trying to become healthier and more positive , thanks for this

  • YES! Small changes on a daily level make all the difference when you add some time! Great tips!

  • Alfred Griffin says:

    No exercise or diet will make you live longer. Your length of life is based on your genes. We all have an inherited predisposition to certain illnesses that will kill us despite exercise or diet. 🤷‍♂️

  • Deanna Woods says:

    Staying motivated is a tough one. Learned to identify when I’m making excuses, and stopped setting generic milestone goals.

  • Ryan Cruz says:

    These tips are worth a lot, really! I have one question, thought, about the mindset thing- what are your suggestions on that? For example a person, who procrastinates, who says that will start to go to the gym but actually doesn’t (Even though he wants those results), how he change his mindset or make a shift so he actually starts to go there?

  • Brittany West says:

    This is awesome. Love every word! You should make a book. Looking forward for my posts like this. Keep it up! You’re making everyone motivated and productive by your posts.

  • Esther Devine says:

    Saving this. I am a highly unmotivated individual that craves sweets and does not like to work out. I definitely would like to change somethings up as it is affecting my mood, weight and overall health though I do some of the things on here. Thanks for the article and now I pray I just get off my ass and do something different because if nothing changes, nothing changes.

  • Connie Schmidt says:

    Thanks for the cool read. They are cool advices, if you are single. With a partner and a bunch of kids, things can get tricky… They mostly influence the schedule, or the difficulty to have a proper schedule and tend to it. There are so many variables. Any advices for situations like this?

  • Kurt Walton says:

    Great content as always. Thank you so much for great guidance, good bless you sensei!

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez says:

    This is an amazing post, really needed some motivation to do exactly all of this. Thanks for posting this & good luck with everything!

  • Rosalia Russell says:

    I really see myself in your text. exactly same story. I have everything i need except that go! procrastination is big and this post is gonna be another boost for me to go above procrastination. Thanks again. and keep going. 🙂

  • Della Martin says:

    Thanks for sharing !!! Its nice to see how people improve there routines. Its so simple – just start and do your thing. 🙂 Have a nice start for the new week.

  • This was really motivating. I’m starting a new university semester now and finding it a little difficult to go back to the 8 hours working – 4 hours studying routine. Thanks for sharing!

  • Zoraida Martin says:

    I’ve been struggling a lot lately and I think some of these might help me. especially that last point. Thank you from the heart.

  • Carmen Griffin says:

    This was a great post but what happens when I’m so bad at self-discipline that 1) I didn’t even finish reading this and 2) almost all of it sounds so incredibly hard?

  • Andrea Jones says:

    This was a fantastic read. Will definitely be using some of these tips for my own self-improvement journey. Thanks a lot!

  • Johnnie Bradford says:

    I found incredible motivation in this article. Great read, definitely saving this for when I get discouraged. Thank you!

  • I agree with all the points you touched upon, they were concise and to the point. I’ve read countless of these posts and I usually stop reading after the first paragraph or two since it’s just regurgitated meaningless buzzwords and vague thoughts. This post was the opposite as it focused on the action and next steps.

  • Clarice Ratcliffe says:

    Thank you so much, Rebecca! This was a really great read! I’m finally ready for my start!

  • Emily Carlson says:

    For me, the best way I stay motivated is through action. Many people have this understanding that motivation will somehow just switch on in their head. Sometimes all it takes is to take that first step to just walk into the gym, pick up that pencil for an essay, or even just waking up with a smile for you to create your own motivation.

  • Clark Pierce says:

    This post made me realize that I’ve really been using the internet as a crutch. Gonna go block some websites now. Thanks for taking the time to write this post. Really insightful, saving it for later.

  • Madison Doyle says:

    I’m in the same path for the past few months now , I kind started doing it by accident, and it’s working amazingly well! What I do is simply, meditation and have a clear idea of what I want to become and visualise that, keep it in mind and live life normally. This process is called neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Also, nothing grows in your comfort zone, so part of change and becoming better is to become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

  • It’s all in finding the reason to stay motivated. It has to be something you actually care about. If you don’t find something that motivates you, you’ll never do anything.

  • Dean Collier says:

    Most people believe that motivation comes from just getting yourself to do something. Let’s be real: if you already are able to get yourself to do something then you’d be doing it by now. Pushing yourself to do something is more than just going out, doing it and then assuming you’re going to keep doing it. You need to push yourself to keep doing it and create an environment around you that allows you to continually improve the things you are doing.

  • Estelle Doriss says:

    This was an amazing post. I know it must have taken lots of planning, brainstorming and editing to get done. Congratulations for actually finishing it and posting it the public. The second hardest thing to do, the first being to get started.

  • Dawn Breedlove says:

    I think it is a discipline problem. Motivation is a feeling that comes and goes. Discipline is a skill that is cultivated. Most people don’t take the time to build discipline, because it involves doing difficult or uncomfortable things on a daily basis.

  • Clara Henson says:

    Searching for motivation is like searching for happiness: they are brief but fleeting – not permanent states. Directly searching for either will have the polar opposite effect of making you sad or demotivated.

  • Louise Jones says:

    I’ve always found it hard to stay motivated. What I’m finding works for me is small goals that are achievable. For example I want to do better on saving money, and wasting less food and/or fewer trips to the store. So the goal I made was to make a “menu” for the week and it’s worked. Small personal goals that can be habit forming are stackable.

  • Jeannine Messina says:

    Great topic, and great read. I think the basic idea is to forget motivation. Motivation is fleeting, inconsistent, and can leave you feeling worse off than when you started. It requires you to be in the ‘right’ mind set before starting a task.

  • Lisa Hunter says:

    One thing that really helped me is having an accountability buddy. That way you have someone to bounce ideas off of and share struggles and what not.

  • Evelyn Griffith says:

    I’d like to add that it’s important not to give up on certain veggies until you’ve tried preparing them in a few different ways. Preparation and seasoning can make a huge difference in how things taste. I always thought that cauliflower was evil and at best kinda ‘meh’ but turns out that I love it when fried (non stick pan, little bit of oil) with lemon juice and capers.

  • Thelma Scott says:

    The motivation must come from within. Forcing it would be playing yourself in my opinion.

  • Margaret Yancy says:

    Great tips and info. Thank you. Every time I feel like slipping, I Google images of “diabetic foot ulcers”. That keeps me in line.

  • First, all the healthy meals I cook are things I genuinely love to eat, so that helps. Second, I let myself have the occasional unhealthy meal. I find that more sustainable in the long term than completely cutting things out

  • Johnathan Gibson says:

    I buy most of my food pre-cooked and pre-portioned from an online meal delivery service so I can control what I eat with zero effort or thought. I get an assorted box of random meals so dinner is always an interesting surprise. I’m trying to cut back a bit on eating at restaurants, too.

  • One of my personal methods to motivate myself to eat well is to tell myself that im gonna die if I dont. I think about all the weight-related health problems and I somehow become motivated to eat healthy.

  • Andrea Lalonde says:

    For those who can’t stick to a healthy diet; eating healthy means knowing that you can have treats in moderation. Just track them so that you aren’t overeating on your treats and don’t have them all the time.

  • Jennifer McElrath says:

    Thanks for the tips though I don’t try to eat healthy every meal, I just try to stay within a certain amount of calories. If I know I’m having dinner plans or drinks in the evening, I’ll eat a smaller breakfast or lunch.

  • Angela Davenport says:

    I don’t look at it as a diet, but part of a lifestyle. And I don’t put pressure on myself to make every meal perfect.

  • Magan Smith says:

    Honestly after I forced myself to eat a clean and healthy diet for a few months, my tastes changed and I stopped craving foods like cheese and sugar and started wanting greens and lean proteins. After the initial adjustment, I never had to motivate myself at all.

  • Phyllis Valentino says:

    I don’t. I indulge now and again. I track my calories so I can account for it when I do, though. It works. I’m down 90 pounds in the past 1.5 years.

  • Ruth Franklin says:

    It honestly just becomes a hobby after awhile. No need to drag yourself to the gym when you want to go.

  • Freddie Rhodes says:

    As someone who’s always done sports all the up through college, I require exercise to keep me sane. For example, if I’m on a trip or abroad for a week or two, I start to feel uneasy & extremely unhealthy. It’s kinda strange.

  • Loren Burgess says:

    I don’t always eat right, but I make sure to get in my proteins and fruits. Just seeing others who struggle with weight – I don’t want to end up like them, some can’t even work out because of knee issues they developed as a result.

  • Charles Barton says:

    getting into a routine that works for you helps a lot! I got to the gym at lunch. This works great for me because I find it splits my day in half and curbs by otherwise sedentary work life. secondly it forces me to pack a lunch thereby saving money and removing the temptation to eat fast food.

  • Denise Barber says:

    I try to stick to my healthy routine because when i look like shit i feel the same way, and staying in good shape is just very easy, just takes times to get there.

  • For me, everything builds into itself. I like to travel, and finding somewhere to run is great motivation to explore. Doing yoga helps keep me loose enough to go on longer runs, and having a long home run a couple times a week makes it even easier.

  • Rose Johnson says:

    So helpful. Thank you so much! I feel noticeably different if I don’t do these things. My energy drops off and it becomes harder to sleep.

  • Linda Gaudet says:

    After doing it for enough time it becomes habit for my body. I feel gross after I drink sodas and if I don’t exercise I am hyper and unable to focus. It’s all about routine.

  • Betty Hill says:

    For me, it’s just a habit. I have good eating habits and good exercising habits. Creating those habits was the hardest part

  • Linda Prager says:

    Relateable! Ugh. It became part of my routine. I hated exercising for the first 3-4 months of doing it 5-6 days a week but at some point it was almost like a switch flipped in my head and it became so normal that it started feeling good.

  • Trevor Lambert says:

    Habit, Simple as. the first few weeks of anything new is hard. if you want to bad enough it becomes routine. I now enjoy exercise and use it as my escape where it used to be TV/Video games.

  • Judy Smith says:

    Great piece. So helpful, thank you! I just got sick of laying around. I’m not comfortable with being sedentary for days at a time, so I just run.

  • Virginia Palmer says:

    Exercise is the easy part. Not eating junk food is hard. I tell myself in the supermarket, if I buy this, I’m going to eat it all. I substitute fruit for sweets and currently coconut chips for crunchy snacks. I also analyze what I binge eat and don’t buy those products, like cereal and ice cream. I can’t say I’m amazingly healthy, but I’ve been exercising regularly for three years and counting.

  • Getting into the routine of it is what i found the hard thing but once i had that down exercising a few times a week and eating fairly healthy just became the norm so didn’t really need motivation to force myself to do it.

  • Stephanie Porter says:

    Not a healthy person right now, but when I was, I just forced myself to do things even if I didn’t want to. Then after a while they became habits I could stick to.

  • Jadwiga Mendoza says:

    The difference in how I feel physically & mentally. I could never go back to an unhealthy lifestyle, I feel so unmotivated & lethargic.

  • Ruth Brown says:

    A lot of it is habit… once you eat healthy foods in healthy amounts, you can’t “hold” more. I can’t eat a whole croissant… but my friend who is used to overeating, can eat two and some chips. Motivation comes from simply wanting more muscle…and getting used to the good feelings which exercise bring.

  • As annoying and brutal as it is, I use a calorie counter and weight tracker. It really works for me because I’m so diligent about it and you see results quick because you become responsible for what you eat. I’ll be the first to admit that I possess a bit of vanity, so looking and feeling good are important to me.

  • Linda Smock says:

    I remember how much I have achieved since I started eating right and exercising regularly and never want to revert to how I was. Caught myself heading that way once and panicked really hard, never happened since thankfully.

  • Kirsten Brown says:

    Great article. Thanks. As for myself, I don’t rely on motivation for anything anymore. I rely on my discipline. I get things done whether I want to or not.

  • Mariel Rogers says:

    Personally, I love living a healthy lifestyle! It makes me feel so proud every day I do it. Healthy eating is more of a struggle but it’s one of those “out of sight out of mind” things; if I don’t buy unhealthy foods, I won’t eat unhealthy foods.

  • Grace Schlueter says:

    For me, it’s knowing what I get like if I’m not exercising and eating right – I feel like junk, I’m tired all the time, I’m more depressed, can’t sleep well and break out in acne like crazy. That’s enough inspiration for me to eat clean most days and to at least go for a 30 min walk.

  • Stuart Lauritsen says:

    Just recently realized that motivation will do nothing to help you. motivation will get you to the gym ONCE. Discipline and willpower are the only things that can get you to a habit. once you get to a habit, then it becomes easier.

  • Vernon Barcus says:

    If there’s anything that I noticed about making goals is that you should never aim to lose weight when you’re new to fitness. Aim to regularly do the workout instead, or to aim to eat more vegetables and fruits. The weight loss will follow.😊

  • Find ways to make it easier for yourself. If you find it easy to do while you’re burning calories and eating healthy, you can achieve better things.

  • Gayle Moran says:

    It’s amazing what a little encouragement to yourself can do. So yeah, just tell yourself that you can do it and don’t ever get tired of it.

  • “Sustainable” is the keyword here. If you can’t sustain your workout and healthy habits, it would be really easy to give up.

    • Michelle Taylor says:

      Exactly. This is what happened to me before. I found it very difficult to fit in the routine so eventually I just felt like I had to to other things and ignore the workout.

  • Vera Wilkes says:

    Being healthy is easy if you take it seriously. For anyone isn’t taking it seriously will just dfind it very difficult to adapt to the lifestyle.😖

  • Suzanne Miller says:

    I do find it very tedious to work out in a place that’s an hour away or more. I would rather just invest on equipments that I can use at home so I can do it anytime without the hassle of traveling.

    • Erminia Morris says:

      Plus, I’m sure there’s always nearby gyms or something.

  • Great reminders. January is almost over and I also think that a lot of people have stopped halfway already. Please don’t! ☹️☹️

  • Carol Holmes says:

    It takes guts to stay motivated. But if you really want to take this seriously, staying motivated shouldn’t be difficult.

  • Doris Jones says:

    If you really want to aim for being healthy, make sure you plan every aspect of it properly. 😄 Unplanned things don’t always go well.

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