Motivation… sometimes it comes as easy as the wind on your back when you run ten kilometres that feel like five. This is especially when you first start on a new gym program. You’ve set your goals and are charged up to see results. It’s all new and you’re pumped.
Other times motivation seems as unattainable as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The couch is calling or a catch up with a friend seems like a better idea than a workout. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. Why are you doing this anyway, don’t you deserve a break? The control freak, your mind, gets super creative when it wants you to skip the gym.
For many people the motivation ‘slump’ comes at about two months in. But let’s be 100% real here… It’s not just beginners who struggle with motivation. I’ve seen Personal Trainers in a slump, fitness diehards go through a tough time dragging themselves to training. At whatever level you are, there comes a time when getting to the gym is the last thing you want to do. But, your habits make who you who you are. Don’t give up, try one of these strategies instead.
Things that help when you lose your fitness mojo:
-Start a new training program
If you’ve been doing the same thing for a long time chances are you’re working off autopilot and it’s getting boring. A new program can consist of adding a few new exercises or just swap things around. For example, add more cardio and/or do interval training such as 30 seconds full throttle and 15 seconds rest. Set some weight training goals. You can raise your weights, little by little and see your strength increase.
-Find a fitness buddy
Having a fitness buddy makes a huge difference for motivation! You’re less likely to hit snooze when you know someone is waiting for you. You can set goals together and motivate each other.
-Set a goal
What’s that saying, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’? Write down what you want to achieve and stick it somewhere you’ll see it daily. Fifty push ups, anyone? Hold a plank for three minutes? Lose those extra five kilos you put on over Christmas before the next excuse to over eat comes along?
-Reassess your routine
Here at 6 Degrees South we renovated our premises because we wanted to give members more, something different, a new way to train. If you only work out in the gym then consider trying one of the classes. It’s 45 minutes of functional training that will fulfil all your fitness needs, plus some. Most are run by Personal Trainers. All are body changing.
On the other hand if you only do classes, consider trying a different class or coming in for a self-motivated gym session or run to the gym instead of walk.
Add a new ingredient and it could change your whole perspective!
Fitness motivation ebbs and flows depending on what’s going on. So don’t let a few bad days put you off. Respect your goals. The best thing you can do for your health and fitness is stay consistent. Work out regularly whether you feel like it or not. Don’t let a lazy spell turn into a life style choice. Your wellbeing depends on it!
Hands in the air if you’re excited about staying motivated!
Yours in fitness
The 6 Degrees South Team
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