We all get it, days when we don’t want to go to the gym and days when all we want to do is sit in our pyjamas all day and watch Netflix on repeat. Its normal and makes us human. Never feel bad for listening to your body and giving your body much needed rest. However, when that rest time turns into weeks or months, it might be your motivation you need to address.
For me, I don’t rely on motivation that much at all. Naturally, I am a very driven person and as Health and Fitness is my passion, going to the gym isn’t a chore to me. I have created healthy habits which have become part of who I am. These habits then give me intrinsic motivation which comes from within my body. However recently I have felt off my game, but I have given myself some rest and now it’s time to get back to it!
Here are my top tips for getting your fitness motivation back:
If you have lost your mo-jo slightly the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over it. It’s called being human, and believe it or not happens to the best of us. Even world-class athletes will have days they don’t feel great and skip the gym. Don’t think of it as a negative see it as a fresh start, rest time or just you listening to your body like a boss! Majority of motivation comes from how you think of yourself. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself, forgive yourself and get back in a positive mind set.
Set Yourself Goals
Setting yourself new goals will be hugely beneficial to making you want to get back to it! It could be setting yourself some new PBs to hit or starting a new programme. Whatever you want to achieve, write it down and give yourself a target. However, make sure your goals are achievable, setting yourself unrealistic goals will only lead to disappointment. Ensue your goals are sensible so you can visualise achieving them. Visualisation is a great motivational tool, if you can visualise a healthier happier and stronger you, you’ll find you become intrinsically motivated.
Get a Gym Buddy
Having someone else there to push you can always be helpful. Also, you won’t want to disappoint your gym buddy by cancelling on them last minute. I always train with my boyfriend and we always motivate and push each other harder. You could write a new work out plan together, or set yourself weekly goals together. That way you’ll be sure to stay on track!
If your anything like me, you’ll also enjoy watching You Tube. I am subscribed to all the popular fitness girls and will often watch their work out videos for inspiration and motivation. Not to mention they all look amazing, so that’s also motivation itself! My favourite you tubers are: Elle Darby, Lauren Tickner, Heidi Somers and Sophie Aris. Go subscribe to their channels for some workout tips, motivation and girl talk!
Switch it up
If you’ve been stuck doing the same workout routine for the past few months or years it’s no surprise your low on motivation. Try changing up your routine, adding in new exercises or training in a different way. I have found I am much more focused on training when training for strength rather than aesthetics. I love feeling strong, I find it empowering. So, if you’ve just been sticking to light weights or doing cardio, why not try some heavier weights with lower rep ranges.
Hopefully, those 5 tips will help in getting your motivation back to get to the gym. Remember, don’t lose motivation because you feel disheartened you aren’t achieving anything. Results take hard work and dedication, if you’ve only been trying a few weeks reality is you must keep going. You must be prepared, leave the excuses behind and give it your best.
You must also remember that motivation itself can be short lived. So, when you get this new motivation, focus on building sustainable habits from that. Then next time your motivation is low, you can rely on your habits to keep you on track with your goals.
You can read more about creating healthy sustainable habits here.