How often do you lose the motivation to workout? Maybe the weather is bad or things just aren’t going your way, having a bad day…………Whatever it is there is always a solution and a way to get yourself pumped up and out of a slump, enthusiastic to workout again!
Realise How Lucky You Are – Og Mandino one of my favorite self development authors has a great poem he reads when feeling down. Check it out over here……..
The World Is Mine! - Og Mandino
We are so lucky to even be able to contemplate going out and exercising. There are so many out there who are not blessed with Money, Gym’s or the ability to workout. Remembering this is something very simple but powerful when feeling de-motivated.
Keep Going and Just Keep Living – These are two great slogans that can inspire you to get going. I read this post recently and it rang true to what I have seen with successful people. They keep going regardless of the circumstances, They understand that life has its ups and downs but we must get things done anyway. This applies to more than just working out but everyday life.
Personal problems with their spouse? They keep going. Setback with their finances? They keep going. Health problems? They keep going. Lost their job? Same deal … they keep going…..
I always try to remember how good it feels to get a workout done. The satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of a good workout is amazing and it will last for hours after training.
Find What Inspires You - This varies from person to person. We all have different things that strike the right cord and make us want to workout. It maybe better health, a good looking body or losing a few extra pounds. Remember these goals when in doubt.
I like to look at video’s or pictures of athletes that I can aspire to, whether it be the shape they are in or their drive and determination that you can aspire to.
Do What You Enjoy - If you find exercise hard or boring its probably because you are exercising or moving in a way you don’t enjoy. This is something that should always be emphasised in making an exercise plan work – it should be enjoyable and you should want to do it. If things are any other way exercise will seem like a chore rather than an enjoyable hobby. Nowadays instead of forcing myself to the gym to do planned workouts I decide day-to-day depending on how I feel. Try to fit in a wide variety of movement into your week whether its Sport, Bodyweight Workouts, Yoga or just Moving More.
Don’t Overdo It - This one is simple but often overlooked. I often find that when I lose the lust for working out its simple because I am overworked. Don’t forget that your nervous system is being hit from all angles. If you had a hard day at work, haven’t slept much and didn’t eat well that day of course you won’t feel like working out. At times like these I feel its more important to get a good nights rest, some good good food down and save the exercise for the next day when you will be feeling energized.
There is a balance though. Just becuase you don’t feel like training doesnt mean that you are over-trained or over-worked, sometimes laziness is bred from laziness……Learn to trust your intuition and how your body feels. It can be hard and take a while but if you put confidence in your decisions and stick with it your intuition will start to crop up and it will be something you can learn to trust. Some people feel their instincts easier than others but we can all learn to have a strong feel for what we really want or don’t want.