Motivation MIA? Here’s my top tips to help to get you back on track:
Find your why
Why do you want to exercise? Is it for fat loss, training for an event e.g. an obstacle course race or a 10k, or are you working on a specific goal e.g. mastering pull ups? Whatever your personal goal is, write it down, and then break this down into smaller steps e.g. mastering one unassisted pull up, then working toward 3, 5 etc. Work out a plan of how to get there e.g. tracking food intake for fat loss and planning workouts in your diary, or plan a workout that will help you achieve your goals e.g. completing shorter runs and/or treadmill intervals to bring that race time down, or choosing complimentary exercises to build lat strength to assist you with your pull ups. Finding your why really is key to making progress!
Work out when you wake up
This is something I literally have always had to do, and can sometimes mean the difference between me getting a workout in (unless I have PT clients!) or not that day. Getting your workout done first thing means that it is in the bag, and you are free to get on with your day, and should anything crop up during your day it won’t sabotage your workout time. As an added bonus, several articles (based on anecdotal advice only) report that working out first thing can be brilliant for a positive mindset- meaning that you are more likely to be productive and to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Try it- you may just convert into an early riser! Oh- and absolutely ensure you have your bag packed and kit ready the night before to prevent any last minute heading back to bed accidents…
Find something you enjoy
I hate running. HATE IT. So- I don’t do it very often! I am currently in the middle of training for a tough mudder so I am running more than I usually would- but as soon as its done, I will likely be back to workouts I enjoy more. If you keep making yourself do something you hate its likely you will be far less likely to stick to it- and will potentially stop exercising all together. So, if you hate one type of workout and you are dreading it- stop it and try something new! Check out a new class (if you live in London- my regular cycle class is every Saturday morning at Bests Bootcamp!) ask a gym based PT to write you a new workout or pull on your trainers and take it outside. It may take a few goes to find something you prefer and that’s totally fine- enjoy the process of finding the workout that works for YOU.
Make yourself accountable
Plan workouts in your diary, book and pay for a class, text a friend when you are at the gym, ring your parents and tell them you are heading to the gym- do whatever YOU need to do to give yourself some accountability and make sure that work out happens. It’s easy to say tomorrow when it’s just your internal voice- it’s that little bit more difficult to swerve a workout when you have someone else to hold you to it. (NB: genuine obstacles do crop up of course- this is more to stop the basically” I just can’t be ar*ed today” mindset!)
Hire a PT!
Hiring a PT commits you to x workouts a week, assists with that all-important accountability and will (hopefully!) give you a focused, enjoyable and goal driven workout- and will also provide you with a structured programme for you to complete on your own outside of your PT sessions. Most PT’s will sit down with you before you start training with them to discuss your exercise history, exercise likes, dislikes and what you are working toward so that they can put together an effective programme for you…if they don’t, start hunting for another!