Bored with your workouts?
Need motivation to stay on track with your fitness?
Working out shouldn't be a chore that you have to do each week. It should be something that you look forward to doing and something that makes you feel great about yourself. Exercise psychology is pretty simple - the more you do it, the more you want to. It can be a series of events that block your road to success. Workout boredom, not enough time, not enough energy...whatever the case may be there is a solution. Motivation is key in reaching and maintaining your fitness goals. Stick to your plan, look for the positives and above all, motivate yourself! Get excited about your health and fitness!
Stop making excuses for yourself. This is the number one mistake most people do when working out. There are plenty of reasons you could come up with, but it doesn't mean it's exactly true. We'll knock those out now:
- 1. I don't have time. Yes, you do. You only need to commit yourself to 30 minutes 3 days a week. In the time it takes you to watch an "Everyone Loves Raymond" episode, you could have worked out.
- 2. I don't feel energized enough. Well, grab some water, get a little protein, and put on your shoes. You have to move to feel better. See where this is leading?
- 3. I hate working out in public. Who says you have to go to the gym? No one. Grab a few work out DVDs and do it at home. Go for a walk around the block, or even dance to loud music in your home. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you burn calories.
SMILE! The second step in motivating yourself is to not take it too seriously. This means, don't be too hard on yourself. No, your not going to run a marathon in a weeks time. Start out slow, and work yourself up. You have to crawl before you can walk. So, if you worked out too hard the day before - take a day to relax. Don't beat yourself up. If you can't go the extra 10 minutes - who cares? At least your trying and that is what counts. Have fun when working out. Don't let it get the best of you.
Boredom? No problem. There are many fixes to your old routine. Try something new! If you don't want to take that step, at least mix it up. Try intervals instead of a steady pace. Lift weights or do pilates instead of yoga. Make a mixed tape of your favorite songs to help get you through it.
Not effective enough? This is a huge motivation killer. If you have hit a brick wall in your fitness goals and nothing is working chances are you need to step it up. Try changing your speed, the frequency, or even duration of your work out. Aim for higher standards in your fitness goals. Try more weight, and more challenging exercises.
Above anything, make sure your eating enough, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. This will drain every amount of energy if you fail to meet the needs of your body. Keep your head up and stay focused. You will accomplish your goals with enough persistence.