Do you suffer from a lack of motivation during and right after the holidays? This is a common occurrence, so don't feel bad. If you want to avoid it, though, there are steps you can take to stay active and energetic throughout the holidays and beyond.
Why Am I Lacking Motivation?
The holidays are a busy, fun time with lots of gatherings, shopping and food. This can leave little time for working out. Eating right often goes out the window and the cold weather can make you just want to curl up on the couch at home.
Add that to all the holiday shopping and shorter days and you may just end up skipping the gym to sit on the couch scarfing down fudge and binge-watching your favorite holiday movies.
Over a period of weeks, you may notice your energy level drops. You may also have noticed a bit of weight gain, which is discouraging more than motivating. You know you should hit the gym and get back to eating better, but you just don't feel like it. You are officially in a holiday rut.
Food Should Be Nutritious
The faster you can nip this in the bud, the better. You don't need to wait for the new year to get back on track. The first thing is to get back to good self-care. This means getting enough rest, drinking plenty of water and cutting back on sweets. Replace those with high-protein snacks and veggies.
Reboot Your Workout
Next, get moving. If it has been a few weeks, you may need to start out with a modified workout. If you are feeling particularly sluggish and tired, start out by either taking a brisk walk or hitting the treadmill.
Sometimes, you need to up your excitement level by trying something new. It could be you were getting bored with your old routine in the first place. This is a great time to go to your gym and find a fun class or learn some new exercises. Adding some novelty to your workout can increase your motivation.
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