Are you Desperately Seeking Motivation? It’s one of those annoying things that seems to come in ebbs and flows. Some days, weeks, or even months might be great. And then you hit The Wall. That wall can feel impossible to find your way around, however, if you chip away at it you’ll find that you can move beyond it and find your way back to your exercise mojo. At WOF we’ve been talking a bit about how to motivate ourselves lately.
Here are a few things our coaches suggest you can do to break through that wall:
Gym buddies are invaluable. Knowing that there is someone waiting for you and relying on you for their workout can be a great motivator. It helps to keep you accountable for your own exercise and sets you up with a good routine that will soon become a habit you want to keep. Besides all of that, it’s a great way to make friends at your local workout spot. Like-minded mates are awesome for keeping us on track.
With the weather getting colder, that few extra minutes in bed can be quite tempting. Getting out of bed when your alarm goes off and heading off for the gym/box/run session will set you up for the whole day and really kick starts those endorphins. Eating well will help with dips in energy levels as well – make sure you’re fuelling your body for success.
If you’re like me and mornings are not your jam there are ways to ensure that you get your butt up when you’re meant to. Put your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Even better, set a couple of alarms in different areas so that you have to move around to get to them all. By the time the screaming has stopped (yours and the alarms’), you’ll be well prepared for that workout.
Set your workout gear out the night before so you just have to roll out of bed, into your gear, and out of the door. I have a friend who takes this one step further by sleeping in her workout gear and is out the door and in the car before her eyes are even fully opened.
Do something you love.
It’s so much easier to move when you enjoy what you’re doing. Does running make you want to curl into a ball and cry yourself to sleep? Don’t do it. Try something else. A rower, cycling, swimming, rock climbing… It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you’re moving and loving it.
Listen to your body.
Some days just suck. For women, the week leading up to their period can really wreak havoc with energy levels. For days where you’re just not feeling it, take it easy. Have an active recovery day and go for a gentle stroll or an easy swim. Ask your CrossFit Coach or Personal Trainer to adjust the workout for you so you’re maintaining the habit without putting your body under too much stress.
Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up about being human. Our Mojo needs training as much as our muscles or it will atrophy. Surround yourself with people who will support you, encourage you, and hold you accountable to your own health. What are you waiting for? Get out there and find the thing that makes you move!