How to stay motivated – and actually get out the door!
I think there’s a widely held belief that ‘fit and healthy’ people must leap out of their beds at 4 am EVERY morning, energy blazing, fuelled only by a bone broth-kombucha-spirulina smoothie.
Attainable for a select few I’m sure, but for the rest of us mere mortals, it seems like a recipe for disaster.
So here’s my trick: I forget motivation, and focus on consistency. That’s how you make your new habits stick.
Now, I know, I know. Consistency isn’t sexy. It’s not cool. It’s not groundbreaking. But it’s gonna get you where you need to go.
Consistency when it comes to your fitness means you exercise most days, you eat mostly good food and you don’t go out on all night benders too often.
And when it comes to the quality of your workouts, I like to aim for what I call the Golden Ratio.
It basically means that not all of your training sessions will be great or feel good.Some will. Others won’t, and that’s OK.
Let’s say you’ve joined my program RUN with Turia. In your weekly program, you’ll have three running sessions. Now, one of these sessions might be crap. Terrible. A write off. That’s okay. You laced your joggers up, you got out the door. You gave it a shot. One of your other sessions might be mediocre. You did it, but it was a pretty average performance. Nothing to write home about. And your other training session might be great! You finished, you finished feeling good, and you’re proud of the session!
The golden ratio doesn’t require every session to be awesome, it just requires that you keep showing up. And if you keep showing up, you WILL get better over time.
So then, you want to know how to actually get out the door and go for a run, yeah?
You’ve scheduled in the time to go for a run, organised the kids to go to your Dad’s house, found cleanish socks, laced up your joggers, opened the front door, and now …. You have to take the first step….
Easier said than done, yeah?
If you’re struggling to actually get out the door and get started, can I give you some advice?
Be kind to yourself.
Every time you lace up those joggers, I want you to congratulate yourself! Say to yourself “Yes, you bloody legend. You had to jump through a million hurdles to get out the door today but you’ve done it!”
Making time for yourself isn’t easy. Especially if you have kids. So, be kind to yourself. and remind yourself that you are worth prioritising.
And if you need more support to make that time for yourself actually happen, come and join me inside RUN with Turia. I teach Mums how to prioritise themselves, get fitter, run further and feel better than ever. And I’d love to run with you!