OK so you paid your gym membership in full in January & promised yourself to the moon & back that this was it, no messing around – you would be making the gym part of your everyday lifestyle. But… fast forward a few months, your interest has waned a bit, you’re barely getting to the gym & you’ve actually began to resent it a bit. Yep your motivation seems to have gone on vacation! What do you do?
This happens EVERYONE from time to time, you are normal! There are days you will want to run to the gym as you are that excited to get your sweat on & there will be days you want to run away from it because you couldn’t be arsed!
Congratulations! – you are a human being! We are all guilty of feeling like this at times!
Here are some tips that I find personally work for me. I hope they help.
Plan your workout
Know exactly what you are going to do when you walk in the doors to that gym. If you wander in aimlessly with no idea what muscles you are going to work or what you want to achieve you may as well walk back out. Like preparing your food, program prep is equally important. The gym can be a daunting place for any beginner so if you are unsure where to start, any gym instructor or personal trainer working there will be happy to help.
What is it you want to achieve? Why is it important to you to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Set yourself a personal goal. This can be anything – running a 5k, beating a previous 1RM (one rep max ) in your squat, losing 5kg, fitting in to that little black dress that’s been hanging in the wardrobe but has become a bit too snug, a family event etc- Let this be your focus.
Stand back & actually LOOK at your progress
You’ve religiously stuck to your healthy eating & exercise plan but this doesn’t reflect on the scales and you become disheartened.
Do not let the scales define you & be your only measurement of progress. Let clothes & measurements do the talking but not only that, how you physically feel is also a measurement of progress. Six months ago you may have been lethargic, moody & feeling less confident where as now you have bags of energy and are feeling happier & confident. Another big one is progress pictures – Take them, keep them and look at them whenever you get in to that mindset & remind yourself how far you have come.
Variety is the spice of life!
Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Monotony isn’t good for the soul so why let your workout become repetitive. Try a new exercise in the gym, go to a crossfit class, try a boxing class – Step out of your comfort zone.
You’ve planned to go to the gym before work in the morning but the alarm goes off, you think ‘crap what will I wear? what will I eat? – ah feck it I’ll go tomorrow’.You press the snooze button and toss & turn for the next hour in bed and before you know it its time to get up anyway! Organise yourself the night before. Have the gym gear ready to go and breakfast prepared. You will get the day off to a positive start and your mood will automatically be enhanced!
Get a gym buddy!
A friend, your partner, a co worker etc! This is an excellent way for keeping you both accountable! But not only that, it’s someone who understands the lifestyle you want to live & you can offer each other support & mutual motivation. So in other words when you feel like slacking, they can give you the kick up the arse you need to get back on track & vice versa!
Hope you enjoyed today’s blog post guys!
Until next time!