It happens to nearly everyone. You start off a workout program with high levels of motivation, dedication, and consistency. A few weeks go by and it’s become a habit, and maybe even an obsession for you. You feel great and are starting to look great as well.
Then… BAM! You get a nasty bout of the flu, or pull a hamstring or go on vacation and you’re forced to hit the “Pause” button on your usual workout regimen. A few days, a week, or maybe longer go by and you realize that you haven’t worked out in a while. When you’re finally ready, or healed, to get back into the routine again it can seem extremely daunting, perhaps even worse than trying to scale Mt. Everest!
How do I get my groove back?
Don’t worry, we’ve got some helpful hints to kick your keester into high gear and get you back in the gym where you belong!
Fortunately, there are a number of options that can help you get motivated to get back into your routine. If one of these doesn’t seem to get you moving, try one of the other options listed below:
Not everyone has the intrinsic motivation for working out such as, “to be healthier” or “because they enjoy it.” If they did, you wouldn’t see endless seasons of The Biggest Loser. The fact is many people need some form of incentive in order to put in the work in the gym.
If this is you, come up with some kind of extrinsic, tangible reward that you can give yourself if, and only if, you put in a solid training session. This could be as simple as not watching your favorite TV show until after the gym or something as big as a vacation if you hit your weight loss goal.
Over time, your new habit will become engrained in you and you will no longer need a reward to workout, you’ll do it for the intrinsic reasons mentioned previously. Until that time, give yourself a treat for putting in a hard day’s work!
Sign a Contract
And no we’re not talking about a verbal contract with yourself where you “promise” to go to the gym each day. We’re talking about putting pen to paper and signing an actual piece of paper with another human being.
Whether that be with a friend or hiring a personal trainer for a pre-determined amount of sessions, pay the full amount for the number of sessions up front. This way, if you feel like skipping out on the gym and your trainer, you’ll stop and think about that $40 you paid for the session. This should make you seriously consider whether sloughing on not showing up to the gym is really worth throwing money down the drain.
You’ve already committed your money, now commit yourself and time to get the biggest return on investment (ROI) as possible!
Find a Friend
Going to the gym by yourself can become stale after a while. Sure there’s other people at the gym tuned into their own headphones, cell phones, or ellipticals, but that’s not what we’re getting at.
Get a like-minded, fitness enthusiast friend, or relative, and set up a schedule to meet at the gym each day that you are scheduled to workout. Even if you typically work out at home, having a workout buddy will ensure extra accountability and make sure you don’t hit the Snooze button on the alarm clock and bypass a good sweat session. Plus, when working out with a friend you’re more likely to push each other harder during the workout.
So, not only will you actually get your workout in, but you’ll also get in a better workout as you’ll have someone to push you further when you start to get tired!
Switch it up!
Many times, a lack of motivation in the gym can be caused by a stale, stagnant workout routine. If you’ve been doing the same full-body, 3x a week workout for 6 months, chances are you’ve plateaued, both mentally and physically.
It’s time to change things up!
Switch training programs by using an Upper/Lower Split 4x per week or do a typical bodybuilder 5-day split. Give either one a shot to inject some fresh blood and excitement into your workouts!
Another option is to take your workouts OUTSIDE! It can become monotonous going to the same gym day in, and day out. Try going to a local park and doing a bodyweight workout of push ups, pull ups, dips, sprints, and box jumps. Even small little tweaks like this can do wonders for getting your motor running again for fitness!
We all struggle with motivation and getting back into the swing of things after a layoff. Fortunately, all hope is not lost. Give any of these tips a try next time you seem to be struggling to get a workout routine in place.
Plan each workout on your calendar like you would any other appointment, put your gym bag by the front door, and psych yourself up for the day’s workout! When you don’t feel like working out, remember how great you’ll feel afterward. Nobody ever regretted how they felt after a great workout, but plenty of people have later regretted skipping one.
Exercise is a great stress-reliever, energy booster and the best way to improve nearly every aspect of your life. Don’t let a lack of motivation hold you back from getting the best YOU possible!
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