Everyone has days where they just can’t find the motivation to go to the gym, do the 5km run or commit to those home exercises. It’s important to remember that you are doing this for you, your health and your overall well-being. Need more motivation? Here are a few things you can try.
Buy new gear
Ladies buy that new sports bra from Triumph South Africa and gentlemen, get those new training gloves from Under Armour! New gym gear makes you feel more confident in your exercising efforts and motivated to show it off at the gym.
Find an exercise buddy
Nobody said you had to do this alone. Find a gym buddy and motivate each other. When you don’t feel like putting on the running shoes, that’s too bad because your gym buddy is already outside and waiting for you.
It won’t only be easier to stay committed and motivated, but you will be able to have more fun with your exercising efforts. A gym buddy is a friend to laugh through squats with and who can take action workout photos of you to post on social media. Don’t deny it, you like the fact that people know you’re working out. It’s just another form of motivation.
Goal and rewards system
Create a goal and rewards system for yourself. This will motivate you to achieve your exercise goals and reap the rewards of a spa day, a night out or more gym gear. It’s also a way of tracking your fitness journey and marvelling over how far you have come and how your goals have grown.
This system would be incredibly handy for getting back into Monday’s exercise routine after a weekend of family meals and wine tastings. It may also be a good idea to try and keep at least one day of your weekend relatively active. Some people enjoy walking on the beach or going for hikes, you could try something like that.
Dear fitness diary…
On the topic of tracking your progress, keep a fitness diary and write after every workout session. Mention what you struggled with, what felt easier, the weights you used today, what you want to improve for the following week, how long you exercised for and how you feel after it all. It would even be a good idea to write down what you ate for the day leading up to your workout so you can monitor what effects certain foods have on your workout.
This will motivate you because three pages back, you will read your entry and be able to think, “But I did way more reps this week and it was a breeze, a sweaty breeze but a breeze nonetheless”… some diary entries are best left in secret.
Just get started
Sometimes all it takes is just starting to warm up and before you know it you’ll be halfway through your session. Snoozing your 5am alarm is super tempting but you know that once you get started you’ll find the energy you need and enjoy your workout.
Some days are harder than others and you don’t feel like you can push through right to the end of your workout, that’s okay. The fact that you still got up, got dressed, tied your shoelaces and started is the only validation you need to know that your motivation is still there and you’re just having an off day.
Book a gym class
Book a gym class (or classes), get to know your instructors and stand right in front. Your instructors will get used to seeing your face every week and may call you out when you don’t pitch because you got lazy. Not only will the fear of being singled out motivate you to show up, but there are so many different workout classes and styles that you can try. They are fun and instructors are great motivators. They push you through the exercises, keep tabs on your progress and congratulate you when you reach a goal.
Working out is not always on the top of everyone’s to do list. Not in the beginning anyway. Give it a few weeks and you’ll be reaping the benefits of exercise and that is sure to keep you coming back for more.