Running Low on Exercise Motivation? Here are 10 Ways to Fall in Love with Fitness Again!
Some days are just harder than others and your output and results will vary depending on your energy levels and a bunch of other factors that make us all human.
While the New Year’s resolution will get you so far, your motivation will get tested. As the weather starts to cool off, the mornings and evenings become damp, dark and cold, even the most committed exercisers will ask themselves why!!
So how do others maintain their routine through the tough months when every bone in your body says stay in bed!
Here are 10 ways to keep you loving exercise in the long run:
1. Keep yourself open to being a student
Working out is different every day and there should always be a pattern of progression. When you work out there is always an opportunity to learn. Use this learning process and self-awareness to keep you engaged and you will never get bored. Instead of running the same 5k route every day or doing the same class three time a week, try to do something new like yoga or boxing.
2. Keep your routine simple
Overcomplicating your workout schedule can be counterproductive. You should keep your sessions efficient, clear and contained so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Rather than schedule 4 sessions per week, then only actually do two and feel guilty about the two you missed, be realistic and allow yourself some space for reduced activity. Set a timeframe for ramping back up to your optimal routine in 4 weeks’ time, allowing yourself a conscious breather while committing to a hard date to ramp back up again.
3. Set a personal goal
Having great motivation to exercise is great, but what makes the difference is setting a goal that will have you work towards something. You should have a concrete reason not to be lazy or not to train. Set a goal, any goal – having small and incremental goals will help you keep on exercising even if the initial motivation wears off.
4. Commit to a regular routine
Having a regular routine can help you make your fitness goal a reality. Make it a non negotiable commitment like brushing your teeth! Once established, most of us look for routine, which makes our day to day life more predictable and easy to manage.
5. Find joy in your routine
Find an exercise that you will enjoy doing. I often hear ‘but I hate exercise’ and if this is the case for you, then outsource it!! Find a trainer who is willing to take responsibility for dragging you along and accountable to your goals, this way you don’t need to think about what, how, why or how many, you just need to do!
6. Lean into lazy days
On days that you have no motivation, figure out why you are not up to working out. Assuming the excuse is reasonable, don't beat yourself up for skipping the workout. Life happens and we all need a break sometimes but look at it as an opportunity to make adjustments to your routine, and get back on track next week.
7. Find your tribe
Workouts will lead to quick results if you sweat through a group session instead of doing it all by yourself. Not to mention, the opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills in the process.
8. Look for fun
Exercise will not make you happy all the time but the secret to loving it MOST OF THE TIME is to look for ways to make it more enjoyable during days that it feels anything but. Figure out how to make it more exciting: listen to a feel-good playlist or work out with a good friend or partner to help keep you distracted.
9. If you're serious and you need help, invest!
If you want to do a fun run, there are a good number of apps that can help you train for that. If you want to run a marathon in your fastest time, maybe it’s time to invest in a trainer. Having a structure that comes from a training plan can be very invaluable. Investing in a fitness regime need not cost the earth. Book a few sessions with a PT, sign up for fitness apps, or invest in fitness equipment – anything that will keep you motivated.
10. See exercise as self-care
How does exercise make you feel – after the fact? Make a good sweat session feel like your daily self-care practice. It will make you feel more energized and more productive….it will also help you feel warm through the miserable winter months!
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