5 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated

Feb 25, 2016 by Sarah Goodman | lifestyle, fitness, diet

Have you put yourself up to a recent challenge and want to make sure you stay on track? Stick to your plan and achieve your objectives with these tried and tested methods.

Remind yourself why you are doing this- and it better be a good reason

This may seem basic and simple but it's very important. Ask yourself 'Why?'- If your purpose for doing something is personally meaningful to you, you're more likely to stick with it.

Set goals and break them down into do-able steps

Long-term or pie-in-the-sky dreams that seem overwhelming can become manageable by breaking them down into bite-size to-do lists. Create challenging goals- they will "mobilize energy, lead to higher effort and increase persistent effort".

Visualize your goals

Maybe you've heard this before, especially if you've been involved in sports. I can remember improving my performance by visualizing my races when I was on a competitive swim team. From Psychology Today, " Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It's been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all relevant to achieving your best life!"

Tap into the energy of others

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with," says American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Heard this before? Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel energized. Teaming up with a partner or small group can provide you with a powerful combination of support, accountability, motivation and, in some cases, healthy competition.

Track your progress

If your new challenge involves a new exercise plan, a new diet or quitting an unhealthy habit- use iHeart to measure your progress. iHeart is a fingertip device and mobile app that determines your internal age in 30 seconds by measuring a scientifically proven heart health metric, aortic stiffness. Learn more about how iHeart works here. Test regularly to see what kinds of lifestyle choices can lower arterial stiffness and your internal age.

Have a great week!

Author: Sarah Goodman

Sarah is the CEO of VitalSines International, Inc. Her experience in marketing and public relations as well as her designations as both a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and certified personal trainer (CPT) provide her with the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader and communications professional for the Vitalsines team. Sarah spends her time snowboarding in the winter, riding bikes, and surfing in the summer in beautiful British Columbia.