What do you do when you just can’t get your butt off the couch to get in a workout or a run? It definitely happens to the best of us every now and again – but the key is knowing how to get over that hump, and how to get back to being motivated (and STAY motivated!)
It is important to figure out what works for you, but here are some of the tricks that I use to keep at it even when I’m not necessarily feelin’ it.
Sign up for races/events
This is a really easy way to always have little goals to work towards. I always find if I’m training for something, I push really hard until that time comes to achieve the results/time that I wanted. It’s essential to sign up for a few races or events spread out over a little while, so you’re constantly working towards something!
Have a buddy to keep you accountable
How easy is it to hit ‘snooze’ one too many times when it’s rainy, or you just need a couple more minutes to sleep? Too easy! If you’re meeting someone, they’re counting on you to be there (especially if you train first thing in the morning, and they’ve woken up to meet you!). This is a really easy way to be sure you stick to your schedule, and also to have someone there to help when you’re needing a little push!
Change your routine every 3 weeks
If you want to see results and also challenge yourself, it’s crucial to change up your routine every 3 weeks or so. When we do the same thing too many times, we can end up plateauing because our muscles know exactly what to expect. When we change our routing every few weeks, we keep our bodies guessing and drive results. Plus, it’s more exciting for us – nobody wants to do the same thing every day, indefinitely!
Do what you LIKE to do
At the end of the day, if you are forcing yourself to do a certain kind of training or exercise that you just don’t like – you’re not going to be motivated to do it, and you’re not going to continue on with it either. If you don’t like running, don’t run. Try swimming, or biking, or walking trails. Try all sorts of different things until you find something you enjoy, and something that challenges you.
That’s it for now!! See what you can come up with, and let me know how it goes!! What are your tips to stay motivated?
** post originally written for The Ugifit Community Blog **