We all have those days where we don’t want to do anything, especially go to the gym. We wake up tired and reluctantly put on pants in order to go downstairs and slouch in front of the TV. We spend the rest of the day not doing anything except eating and maybe working. This state is what I like to call the Slouch. The Slouch keeps you in our comfort zone without you even caring about it. It doesn’t elt you move to go to the gym and always teases you with that inner voice saying that you should just love yourself the way you are. Although self-love is very important, exercise is just as important for your health. Exercising the heart will help you not only live longer but also healthier.

So, what do you do when you’ve reached the Slouch state of mind? How can you motivate yourself again and get moving?

1. Outline your goals. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve by going to the gym? Write down your goals in order for you to visualize them once again. If your goal is to fit into that little black dress for your High School Reunion, then write it down and make sure to see it everyday in order to achieve it. How do you want to look in six months? By writing them down, you notify your brain that you are serious about achieving them and therefore your brain will work with you to make it happen.

2. Create a motivation board. Take a side of your room, or office, and create a motivation wall or board. You can take a large piece of cardbox to do so, or you can find other materials that will make the sight of the wall invigorating. In this board/wall, you can write down your goals, glue some inspiration pictures, or write down your favorite quotes. This board should look colorful and motivating for the eye. It should be something you love looking at everyday and that throws you on your feet everytime you look at it.

3. Clean your house from junk food. Believe it or not, the ingredients in those processed foods will only bring your energy level down. The more junk food, or processed sugar, you eat the more you dig yourself into the Slouch. You need to make a clean sweep of everything processed in your house in order to change your diet. If you don’t have junk food in your house, you won’t be able to eat it, simple. You need to bring your energy level up but in order to do so you need to eat foods that will give you energy. The moment you will have more energy, the easier it will become to get out of the Slouch.

4. Create a routine. With help from your friends or trainers, you can create a routine for yourself that you would have to respect everyday. In this routine, you can schedule your meal, gym, play, and work times in order to get yourself going. During the Slouch, you don’t always have a schedule which is why it creates a bit of a messy life. If you have the routine i your sight everyday and actually respect it, you will be able to take control of your life again and actually feel good about the day you’ve accomplish. The goal of the routine is for you to go to bed feeling accomplished.

With that in mind, it’s now time to get out of your comfort zone and do whatever it takes to get out of the Slouch. I know it can be much more comfortable to stay in your pajamas all day, but you need to get exercising if you want the endorphins to kick in. The whole purpose of exercising is for you to have energy nad feel alive during the day. Not only will you feel better and more motivated after you exercise, but you will also see changes in your life that you wouldn’t be able to see if you were in the Slouch.

By Chad Willis