So you've been working your ass off for the past weeks/months. You were finally starting to see some progress, or maybe you weren't even there yet. But for some reason you've lost all of that powerful motivation that got you started in the first place. "How could this have happened"? you might think to yourself. You're nowhere near your goal yet and still, for some reason, you've told yourself it's ok to just stop/give up/cave in or whatever you'd like to call it.
Well, you're not alone. We all reach this point in our journey to living a healthier lifestyle. Really, it's totally normal. But that doesn't mean you should wave your white flag and surrender to the 'motivation killer' (your own mind!).
I also lost my motivation recently. I was totally in a fit flow and then from one day to another, BAM, gone. To tell you the truth I'm kinda pissed off about it. But there's no one else to blame than myself. And there's no reason I shouldn't get back on track, like yesterday! I've listed six tips that will get you up and running (lifting, swimming, yoga-ing etc.) again in no-time...
1. Remember why you started
Maybe the most important tip: remember why you started. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. You might have started because you’ve set a goal to loose a certain amount of weight. Or maybe you were having health issues which led you to turn your lifestyle around. Get your mindset back to that point, think of the benefits of getting back on track. I promise you, your motivation will be back in no-time!
2. Do a 10 minute workout
Anything is better than nothing! I know like no other that facing an hour-long workout when you’re totally not feeling up to it can demotivate you even more. But to stay in your workout flow, pick out something you can do for just 5-10 minutes. Like a short kettle bell workout or yoga routine.
3. Try something new
Sometimes we can loose our motivation because we feel bored of doing the same thing over and over. This is probably the perfect time to switch things up a bit. Have you been going to yoga class for a while now? Or are your running shoes completely worn-out because of all the KM’s they’ve made lately? Give something new a try. It might re-light your motivation fire!
4. Buy new workout gear
I don’t know about you girls, but I’m a sucker for clothes. In any shape or form. So when it comes to workout gear I need it to look gooood. Know that feeling of just having bought new shoes, or a new coat? And you actually want to put it on in the store because you’re so excited about your new catch? Well get yourself some new trainers and a badass pair of leggings and I bet you’ll be wanting to slip them on the same day.
5. Buddy up
It sounds so cliche, but it’s so true. When you have a buddy to work out with you will feel a little more pressure to actually go. Plan a rendezvous to go running with your buddy at 8 (or whatever) o’clock. No turning back now girlfriend. It’s not only rude to cancel your workout-date, but you’re now also demotivating your buddy to go! Besides the fact that you have now committed to going, it’s so much more fun to train with a friend or family member.
6. Get inspired
We must all know by now that visualizing your goals helps a great deal to getting there. So when you feel like giving up (or if you already caved in): get to visualizing! Grab a couple of fitness magazines or search your social media channels for anything you find inspirational. Stick it onto a (digital) board and look at it. Every day, twice a day or as much as you feel you need to. If they can do it, so can you!
Good luck! And more importantly: get your ass to work lady!