Find Your Motivation
Monday, July 25, 2016
Long days of sunshine, stylish workout clothes, and your health and fitness goals in mind – you have every reason to have great workouts. That is, until you lose all motivation. Where did it go? How do you get it back? What can you do to pick yourself up and complete your workout even when it is the last thing you want to do? Use the tips below to motivate yourself to never miss another workout.
Focus on the first step – The hardest part of working out is getting started in the first place. On those days where motivation is lacking, keep your mindset as simple as putting on your shoes. Without thinking of the effort you have to put in after, the act of lacing up your favorite workout shoes and getting dressed can steer you back into your psychological fitness routine.
Get through the warm up – Thinking about completing your workout from start to finish can be daunting, even intimidating. Overthinking the entire workout process can drain your remaining motivation. To overcome this obstacle, flip the switch and only focus on warming up. If you are low on sleep and energy, give yourself the chance to at least go through your warm up, then reassess how you feel. Approximately 10-15 minutes of walking, foam rolling, or low intensity exercises will get your blood flowing and energy level rising.
Turn up the volume! – Create a pump-up playlist filled with songs that get you excited no matter what mood you are in. Choose one to be “your song,” and put it on repeat until your motivation is fully recharged. Think of this song as a cup of coffee for your ears. Try turning on the “Rocky” theme song or “Eye of the Tiger” when fitness is the last thing on your mind. Depending on your taste in music, other motivating options include Gun and Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle,” AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” and Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling.” It may not be Sunday brunch music, but it will get you out of your seat and motivated in no time.
Prepare a “go-to” workout – Many fitness enthusiasts have every detail of their training program outlined for months ahead of time. Even if you have a specific training schedule, life can get in the way. For days when you have little time or interest to follow your training plan, prepare a “go-to” workout. This workout can be as simple as following your favorite running route, an easy-to-complete total body strength circuit, or a 20 minute flow of your favorite yoga poses. Bypass the thought of what to do for your workout and rely on your “go-to” workout to get you through.
Do something you love – The key to any successful fitness routine is to enjoy the process. Having fun and enjoying yourself will reduce the number of days when your motivation is lacking. Do whatever kind of physical activity makes you happiest. Play basketball, go for a leisurely walk, organize a game of tag with your kids, or simply spend time outside. Be active in whatever way you enjoy, and wake up tomorrow with a renewed focus on your fitness goals.
Each day presents new challenges and obstacles for us to accomplish our health and fitness goals. Use these strategies to learn what motivates you and you may surprise yourself with your best workout ever.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
Workplace Wellness Coordinator & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist