Are you lacking motivation?
Are you just turning up and going through the motions?
Sometimes you just get days like that.. After spending Friday night in Dublin drinking beer and again Saturday while watching the Rugby boys beat the All Blacks, I was well shook on Sunday (WHAT A GAME BTW)
Monday was a day that I just felt like turning over in bed and staying there all day…
Thing is I’d told Brendan in the gym that I’d be in to do a session with him. He is training me for the next few weeks, so I couldn’t look like a mug and not turn up.
So I did and got through
Thing is and the point I’m trying to make is this – Its perfectly fine to not be happy every day.. Somedays are just a bit rough and you gotta get through it
Telling people to run around smiling and spreading the love everyday is all fine but in reality not achieveable...
So know this
If you have a shit day – so what – make the next day different
Don’t let it spiral and overwhelm you to the point a shit day becomes a shit week
In terms of your fitness journey this could help
1. Remember why you are there – Bringing the fun back starts with going back to the reason why you showed up to the gym in the first place. Was it to shed a few kgs? Be able to run without an oxygen mask? If you have already achieved your goals, write new ones! Make them super fantastic! They could be anything, start a sport, challenge yourself to an event, do a competition?
2. Fun with Friends! – Working out is always better when there is friends! Slagging, competition, games are all part of adding fun to your training. I love groups for that reason! Drag your friends along for some fitness action! If you do 1on1’s join a group! It will change your outlook and perhaps seeing others working hard will inspire you to bring it!
3. Try different activities – New activities bring back the sense of learning and challenge. We have to engage our brains and our bodies. It is a great way to refresh your outlook on exercise and have fun learning new skills.
Haven’t played with a barbell? Then come along to a strength class and lift some weights! What to learn something new? Then book a 1-2-1 and get more specific! Haven’t done a handstand since you were 8? Kick up into one and see what happens!
4. Find an activity outside the gym – A great way to make your exercise fun again is to find something to do outside of the gym. Playing a sport will inspire you to want to workout.
Remember working out is an activity for life, not just a 12 week program or challenge. Everybody has dips in motivation. It’s just how your handle them so that you bring new life and fun to your training! 🙂
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