• Motivational Tips for Living a Healthier Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle is on the to-do list for a good margin of the population. This is shown by weight loss continuing to be one of the top 3 New Year’s resolutions that are made each and every year. The problem? Over 1/3 of those making a weight loss resolution will fail within a matter of days or weeks, and more continue to fail as the weeks go on. In order to turn things around and give yourself a fair chance you simply need to get motivated and find ways to stay motivated. Motivation could start with a simple promise to yourself, or some old-fashioned Soffe spirit. Here are a few things that can help you get where you want to be.

  1. Make Goals. Creating goals forces you to focus on the things you want most in life. Once you make some goals for yourself, be sure to write them down and refer to them often. It’s important to keep them in the forefront of your mind because it’ll remind you of what it is that you’re working so hard to accomplish.
  2. Create a Vision Board. Vision boards are an excellent way to get motivated and they’re pretty fun to make too! All you need is a piece of tagboard, some magazines, scissors, tape and/or glue. Clip photos that represent goals you want to accomplish, photos that motivate you and quotes as well. If you don’t have magazines, you can find photos and quotes online to print and use in your collage.
  3. Tell Others. When you tell others what your plans are, it helps to hold yourself accountable. In a way, you are enlisting others to help you with your goals and it may even help them create healthy goals for themselves! This can also create tighter bonds with the people in your life and you can work together to live healthier.
Getting motivated is usually not a problem in the beginning because there’s a bit of excitement whenever you’re starting something new. The trick is staying motivated. Whenever you feel your motivation slipping away, take a moment to revisit your goals and make new goals if necessary, break your goal down into smaller, more manageable chunks, find some new motivational quotes you like or create a new vision board. You’ll feel your motivation tank fill right back up again bringing back the excitement you had when you first started!

Mindi Friedland is a Soffe mom, fitness blogger and motivated opportunist. You can see more of her work at Melinda's Fitness Blog.