Okay, here’s a topic I know a LOT of people can relate to: lack of workout motivation! Since moving to a much busier lifestyle, I haven’t had as much time to hit the gym as I used to. Sound like a familiar excuse? Well, I have a million of them and I’m sure I’m not alone. I can skip just a few days can’t I? I have no time. I’m just too tired…blah blah blah. Bottom line? I need my motivation back! So, today’s post are a few strategies I have been trying to gain back my workout willpower, that drive that used to carry me to the gym. Try these strategies to get back into the game.
1. Check yourself out in the mirror: While this may seem strange, it does wonders for one’s self-confidence and motivation. Pick out a body part (legs, stomach, arms, whatever it may be), that you feel has reaped the most benefit from your gym time and simply admire yourself. Working out may seem to offer little to no immediate noticeable results but you’re hard work definitely does pay off over time. Taking the time to notice that pay off can keep you on a steady workout schedule. Admire how you’re legs have become more toned from running, or your stomach more defined from cardio and sit-ups and you’ll be more likely to put back on your running shoes to maintain that feeling of self approval or even work on another area to improve.
2. Reward yourself with a sweet treat: We all have a sweet tooth, and choosing to satisfy that sweet tooth only after a good hard workout can make you more inclined to hit the gym. I’m not talking about pigging out on an entire pint of ice cream, but having a piece of dark chocolate or a small bowl of frozen yogurt as a “good job” reward for working out that day. If you watch your portion size and discipline yourself to only eating those treats on a day you’ve worked out, hitting the gym can instantly become more appealing! I don’t mind going for a run knowing that night I can have some dark chocolate and almonds after my meal as a reward!
3. Get a workout buddy: I know I may be beating a dead horse by reiterating a tip we’ve all heard a thousand times, but it’s tried and true. Finding someone to push to workout when you don’t feel like it can do wonders for a workout plan. I’m an expert at talking myself out of going to the gym but you can’t necessarily bail when others are counting on you. Find someone who can hold you accountable and be sure to do the same for them.
4. Make your workouts fun: Even though I’m a huge advocate of circuit training, even mixing up your circuit workouts day in and day out can get a bit boring if you don’t leave the gym. As I mentioned in my last post, finding out of the box fun workouts and getting out of the gym can be all the motivation you need. Go rollerblading, play a sport, go hiking, swim, do something that doesn’t necessarily feel like a workout. You still get that workout high and a calorie is a calorie as long as you’re moving. Not to mention you’ll have a lot more fun when you’re not talking yourself on to an elliptical and counting down the time left. When you know something will be fun, you’re more likely to be motivated to do it.
These are just a few motivation boosting tips I personally use and would recommend to anyone having the same problem as myself…I make too many excuses to avoid the gym because I’ve lost my motivation!