Total transparency here: I have really been struggling lately with my motivation to work out. I'm not sure why, but my body tends to go through these spells of not being motivated and feeling like I am having to force myself to exercise instead of actually enjoying what I am doing. The older I get and the busier I get, the harder that this gets for me.
I know that that is human. I know that there is no one person who absolutely loves to work out 100% of the time. Welllll maybe there are those people but I like to think that they are just downright crazy. I may not be a 100%-er with working out but I am definitely 100% human, 100% imperfect, and 100% okay with that.
Don't blame yourself when you get in a rut and start feeling like you don't have what it takes to exercise and stay in shape. It is easy to get discouraged and start to feel like you aren't good enough. I know the feelings all too well. You start telling yourself you aren't strong enough, determined enough, skinny enough, etc. JUST STOP. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. IT IS NOT YOU or the body that you think God cursed you with.
I will agree that it comes easier for some people. I hear all different kinds of comments from people such as, "You must work out allll the time" or "I mean, it's so easy for you, isn't it?". Can I be honest with you for a second though?? I don't work out ALLLL the time (I don't even work out every day of the week and there are some weeks where I am lucky to get in three workouts for the week) and it is definitely not ALWAYS easy, not in the slightest. Regardless of your fitness level, getting in a rut with working out can happen.
Let's figure out some ways to get us out of this workout rut that we are in. Want to know what works for me? Here are my FIVE tips to getting back into enjoying your workouts (however many a week they may be).
1. Get rest
If you are pushing yourself too hard, you are not allowing your body to properly recover. Your health should be a priority. Eating right, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep all play an important role in exercise. Sleep is at the top of my priority list and if I lack it, then you better kiss my workout days and happy mood goodbye. Are you getting enough rest?
2. Change It Up
Sometimes doing something different than you have before can help to get to where you want to be. This could be as simple as running a different route than you normally run or doing a different workout routine. For me, I have really been dreading running long distance lately so I have decided to just stop for a little while. I have been jogging to a park close to my home and doing my own workout routine from my bench workout blog and then running back home. Splitting it up and doing something different helps me to feel like I am having fun instead of doing work. What is something you could do differently?
3. Get An Accountability Partner
This is one of my favorite ways to get back into my motivational state of mind. My husband is usually my accountability partner (but he also goes through workout ruts so I always hope that his fall on opposite times from mine ha). It does not have to be your husband or your boyfriend, it could be one of your best friends or a coworker who you know is wanting to get motivated too. Who do you know that you can ask to be your accountability partner?
4. Take A Class
This is always something fun to do that can help jump start your motivation again. I LOVE taking a new class and doing something different than I normally do. Try out the Class Pass to get a membership where you can use a large list of classes in your area or come join my exercise class at the park on Tuesdays (if you live in Nashville). Just search for some classes that seem up your alley and try it out!! What's one class you have always wanted to try out?
5. Rewrite Your Goals Or Make New Ones
Rewriting your goals helps you to refocus on what you are trying to achieve with your workouts. Are you setting realistic goals that are achievable? Or have you overwhelmed yourself to the point of quitting? Maybe it is time to make new, more realistic goals for yourself. Don't sign up for a half marathon if you absolutely hate running; just find something that works for you, something that interests you and that you want to excel in. Maybe your goal should simply be to try and briskly walk for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week or maybe it is to start weight training 2-3 times a week. Whatever the goal is, write it down and make sure it is SMART- (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely). Are you setting SMART goals?
Try out one or all of these five tips and see if it helps you to get out of the workout rut that you are in! I think I will be mostly be working on 2, 3, and 5 these next couple of days!
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Hope you all have an awesome Thursday! Let's get back to this whole exercise thing, one step at a time!