Sluggish? Finding it hard to get motivated? Maybe you don’t have the right goals.
According to Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and Brain, by John Ratey, “I want to lose 15 lbs” or “I want to look 10 year younger” are self-defeating goals:
“If you want to boost your energy levels, tweak your goals to be more realistic. The brain naturally refrains from expending its resources unless it feels there is a reasonable chance of success. The solution? If you want to boost your motivation and energy levels, the only goal you need to keep in mind is to “get better”…Research shows that a focus on getting-better also enhances the experience of working; we naturally find what we do more interesting and enjoyable when we think of it in terms of progress, rather than perfection.”
A healthful hint from Haidee…
Happy New Year! Here are a few suggestions to begin 2016 on a positive note:
-Each morning, before putting your feet on the floor, think of what you have to be grateful for.
-Have a mantra you recite during the day: “I appreciate myself exactly as I am”, “I listen to my needs and prioritize self-care”.
-Commit to exercising consistently
-eliminate one food you know you should not be eating. Making small goals will be less stressful and easier to maintain.
“I am better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow”