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May 21, 2018 3 min read 5 Comments

Breaking up is hard to do -- especially when you're breaking up with an inactive lifestyle. As Einstein astutely pointed out, it takes energy to make energy, so when you've spent a lot of time sitting on a couch or in front of a computer, it can take a considerable shove to spur you into action.

That's the hard part.

Once you get moving, it's much, much easier to keep going. You have momentum, after all.

Of course, anyone who's ever successfully started the journey toward a healthier lifestyle will tell you that even with good momentum, you can lose balance and fall off track. It happens, just don't give up!

Here are 3 incredible strategies to keep you crushing your goals, and living your best life.

1. Embrace the Fall

We talk a lot about staying on track. It makes sense, after all. If you want to reach a goal, you generally have to stay on a relatively straight trajectory to get there. Relatively is the operative word, however.

Falling off track is part of staying ON track. A balanced, healthy lifestyle involves careening into fist-fulls of cake now and then. It involves taking rest days, and even days where you lie in bed rewatching True Bloodor binge reading a great book. There is no 'on' without 'off', so embrace going off the beaten path now and then. As long as it is the exception and not the rule, you'll still get where you want to go.

2. Invest in Yourself

It’s all well and good to say you’re going to start eating cleaner or get more exercise, but it’s another to actually do it. Research shows that people who are most successful invest in themselves. It makes sense. When you invest in yourself, that financial commitment is more likely to motivate you, and keep you grounded. Why front the money for nothing, right?

This isn’t to say that gym memberships don’t go unused, or treadmills around the world aren’t being used to hang clothes to dry, but the fact remains you’re more likely to stay accountable if you make a tangible investment in your well-being.

It doesn't have to be much. Maybe you buy some workout clothing that makes you look and feel amazing. Maybe you pick up a pair of quality dumbbells, or a yoga mat or download some badass tunes for your workout. The point is to do something that furthers your cause, ‘cause you’re worth it.

3. Find Your Tribe

People who workout with other people workout harder and stay committed to working out for longer. Same goes for eating well: you’re more likely to do it  — and stick to it — if you surround yourself with other people who are trying to do the same.

Sadly, friends and family don’t always want to clean up their acts at the same time as us, so we may have to seek out other sources of support. You can join an online forum, for instance, or find support here with our BodyRock community  — undoubtedly one of the most supportive and compassionate health and fitness communities on the net.

What do all these tips have in common?They’re easy to implement, and have nothing to do with your current level of fitness. They can benefit anyone, from a nervous beginner to a hardcore fitness junkie who’s losing steam.

Do you have tips for staying accountable and motivated? Share them below in the comments!

5 Responses

Carla Hill
Carla Hill

June 01, 2018

At 59, slacked off exercising the last 4 months or so. Racked on 13 poimds on my 5’4” frame. Have NEVER weighed this ever, unless 7 months pregnant! Beginner boot camp or intermediate? Need toning, weight loss and MUSCLE.

Michelle Oteri
Michelle Oteri

May 24, 2018

I just had surgery, and have been feeling like I am getting mono again. My exercise has come to a halt. I’ve just been laying in bed to rest. I’ve lacked any energy for at least 3 weeks.
However, I am not giving up. I am putting one foot in front of the other. Tomorrow I will start back at the gym very slowly. I will not give up. I am going to build that momentum and start seeing results again.

Linda Campbell
Linda Campbell

May 22, 2018

This is so true I’ve also heard it takes six weeks for a habit to be ingrained into your life but only one day to break ia habit. So I guess the best thing is to keep the momentum going as you talk about. For me this is very timely to receive this message because not only am I just starting to get going again after an injury set me back (since February 24) but I also decided this time to do it with a buddy. It was kind of meant to be having not talked in ages she checked in with me to say hi on messenger and she was talking about being upset about some weight gain recently and I have also from being in active for a while So we decided quite quickly over a couple of messages that we would buddy up and start doing something about it! I’ve never worked out with anybody before and even though she lives far away we talk about twice a day online and we teach each other strategies and work out ideas And even food ideas which is so great and when one of us is having a rough day because the scales showed a weight gain or something we talk freely about it so that we can blow off some steam in a safe place. My workout buddy who is a very good friend and we kicked an addiction together about 23 years ago so we are very much alike. and we have the bonus of having known each other so very long. but she’s being a little stubborn about doing anything except her home based elliptical so I’ve been gently trying to get her to at least look at the BodyRock Sweatflix videos. some are free to watch on YouTube because I want to really consider doing something besides the elliptical because she’s plateaued and put back on a couple so I’m wondering whether her body has just become so used to what she’s doing that it no longer fires up her metabolism and she’s doing everything else right she’s doing weight watchers she’s checking in with me or I check in with her and we have a brief chat early in the day and then again later in the day. Accountability is really helping me because when I want to skip something I know I’m going to have to fess up to her. Lol. It works!

May 22, 2018

I just started Beginner Bootcamp today because I needed a reset after a surgery last year. I’ve been eating well but just lost motivation to work out regularly so the fact that I just started back today and this article came my way couldn’t be better timed. Thank you!!

Tétan Brannen
Tétan Brannen

May 21, 2018

This is perfectly timed. I was 2 months in for the first time in a very long time. Feeling great. I suffered a minor injury (recurring sprain) and fell off the healthy eating wagon. It has been 11 days. I needed to hear this as I am dusting myself off today and jumping back on the wagon!

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