What a decade 2020 was, right? via GIPHY At best, last year hit us with major changes to our daily lives and wave after wave of catastrophic news. At worst, we suffered devastating personal losses. I can’t imagine anyone came out unscathed, and to those of you who are struggling, please know that we see you and honor you. (Therapy, in my experience, can be a huge help, and there are loads of options for virtual appointments these days. I had a few appointments with a counselor at BetterHelp when I felt myself spiraling last summer, and many of my…

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The following post is sponsored by HydroJug. For our sponsored post policy, click here. We all know we need to drink more water. Because water and staying hydrated is SO good for us! From digestion to energy to brain power to just feeling good, water is where it’s at when it comes to being healthy and feeling good. So, if we all know it’s good for us and we want to drink more water, then why do so many of us not get enough of it each day? Why is it that most of us struggle with staying hydrated? In…

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This pandemic has changed every area of our lives — including fitness and our workouts. So, what can we expect in 2021 when it comes to fitness trends? I recently got a chance to talk to NPR’s All Things Considered about how to better make your fitness resolutions happen in this crazy COVID time, and it’s really made me reflect on just how much has changed in the fitness world since a year ago. I’ve been lucky enough to have been sweating in my garage gym for a full year now (talk about serendipitous timing there), but this time has…

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In what has become an annual tradition here at FBG, we give to you our favorite tracks from the past year: the best workout songs of 2020! These are the 25 tracks that powered us through our workouts — no matter where they were and how socially distanced and/or masked up they were. You might recognize many of them from our previously published workout playlists, but along with a few new songs, we are declaring these the best of the best when it came to workout music in 2020. So, let’s listen, get amped up, and get to sweating, shall…

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Who’s in the mood for some new workout tunes? Hey, us, too! Play these tracks for your next workout (there’s a little something for every kind of workout and every kind of mood — whether it’s high-energy music you’re needing or something more ambient and rhythmic but chill), and then get energized to do the work to save this world of ours. And, don’t forget to VOTE each and every time you can! 18 New Workout Jams You’ll Love Zoom, Leikeli47 Juice, Young Franco and Pell Isn’t It So Convenient, Mk.gee Girlfriend, Charlie Puth Hello Hello Hello, Remi Wolf Big…

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motivation“I should work out today.”

“I should eat better.”

“I should stop shoving food in my face.”

How many times a day do you find yourself using the word should? Most of my clients know what they should be doing to improve their health, but can’t seem to motivate themselves to actually do it. That’s why they come to me. Here’s the thing though. I can’t give you motivation, I can only give you the tools to motivate yourself.

So, if you’ve been feeling like you should be working out more or eating better or refraining from cutting yourself another sliver of pie, keep reading. I’ll be unpacking what motivation is, the reasons you get stuck, and how to finally get off your butt and take action.

What is Motivation, Anyway?

In its simplest terms, motivation is used to describe why you do what you do.That why is the driving force behind your actions, whether it’s taking a swig from your water bottle because you feel thirsty, going for a run because you paid money to hire a trainer, or smashing the alarm clock because you stayed up too late binge-watching Netflix. Your why will likely be influenced by a variety of intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external) motivators.

Examples of intrinsic motivators:

  • Running because it’s a stress reliever or feels fun
  • Eating a protein-forward breakfast because it keeps you satiated all morning
  • Doing yoga because it helps you clear your head
  • Filling your fridge with healthy foods because it saves you time and money
  • Organizing your space because it helps you feel calm

Examples of extrinsic motivators:

  • Losing weight to win a fitness challenge at work
  • Cleaning the house so your spouse doesn’t get irritated with your mess
  • Avoiding processed foods because your doctor or health coach told you to
  • Sprinting because that’s what the people in your FB feed are doing
  • Eating organic because you want others to perceive you as healthy

Let me make it really clear though that your motivation (and your why) are entirely internal processes, meaning it’s your own perception of a situation that makes you more or less motivated to do something. That’s why it’s important to discover your own deep-down reason for staying committed to the path you’re on — or choosing an entirely different path.

The Reasons You Get Stuck

Clearly, motivation involves more than just wanting something or doing it because you should. That said, even with the best laid plans and a handful of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, why is it still so damn hard to actually do it?

In my private practice and with my students and graduates in the Primal Health Coach Institute, I talk a lot about Toward Motivation and Away from Motivation. While the former is designed to ignite a positive, transformative emotion, pulling you closer to the things you want (having more energy, feeling great in your clothes, boosting your confidence), the latter usually more negative, acting as a reminder of all the things you don’t want in life.

If you’re constantly telling yourself that you’re sick of feeling fat, foggy, and fatigued, guess what your brain is hearing? It hears that you’re fat, foggy, and fatigued — which often brings on feelings of fear, self-doubt, or self-pity. Trust me, that’s not the best talk track. And it’s the quickest way to sabotage yourself before you even start.

When you operate out of Away from Motivation, you’re more likely to use negativity to (try and) get motivated. But studies actually show that self-compassion and self-acceptance are better tactics — especially after you’ve had a setback. Researchers at the University of California found that after failing a test, participants who spoke kindly to themselves ended up spending more time studying before taking a re-test than participants who were angry or disappointed by their score.

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