Progress is never a straight line – there will be both highs and lows in your fitness journey. There will be periods of positivity, high motivation and exhilarating achievements, but there will also be times where you don’t feel like moving from the couch and unfortunately, fall of the wagon. Although these feelings are unavoidable sometimes, there are a number of things you can say or do for instant motivation to get you back on track and out of your fitness slump.
1. Will I regret doing this workout?
Monday morning, it’s raining outside and your class starts in 45 minutes all the way over on the other side of town. Ask yourself this question ‘will I regret doing this workout’? 9/10 times the answer will be no and any other time you’ll be lying to yourself. The only thing you’ll regret doing is no workout at all. Getting out of bed and into your gym clothes means you’re already half-way there!
2. Why did I start?
Whether it was a goal weight, a pair of pants you haven’t worn in years or a feeling of comfort and confidence, everyone has a reason why they’re on their fitness journey. Whenever you lose motivation, think about why you started and exactly what it felt like before you turned over a new leaf with your fitness.
3. How far have I come?
Although you may feel as though you’re not as lean as you once were, or you had more muscle definition 2 weeks ago, looking at how far you have come on your journey from the beginning is an incredible motivator. This is where that first progress shot will come in handy!
4. Write down how you feel after every workout you found difficult to get to
Remember that rainy Monday morning class you struggled to go to? Make sure you’re writing down the feeling of incredible accomplishment after those particularly difficult classes to look back onto in times of low motivation.
5. Try a class at a boutique studio
Doing the same workouts every day won’t only drive you insane, but it won’t give your body the shock factor it requires to build new muscles and lose stubborn fat. GuavaPass offers members unlimited access to hundreds of boutique studios across 10 cities, offering unique classes from yoga to pilates to MMA and so much more. Try incorporating at least one of these boutique classes per week.
6. Appreciate that endorphin high every time you get it
Endorphins have been linked to a number of psychological changes including mood levels, pain perception, stress levels and hormone balance. It’s your body’s way of thanking you for the workout you’ve just completed, so appreciate it when it happens! Recall what that first rush of endorphins is like any time you have a moment of low motivation.
7. Put motivational quotes around the house
Put some on a sticky note, tape some to the fridge or put it as your screensaver – when you’re in need of a motivational boost, you’ll be inspired by your own words of encouragement.
8. Set both small and large goals
During periods of low motivation, you may feel as though your end goal weight, size or level of confidence is unreachable. In order to keep you motivated and on track set yourself small goals along the journey. For example, set a daily, weekly and monthly goal of number of workouts, number of consecutive days eating clean, or small weight loss increments.
9. Get techy with your workout
Wearable technology was one of the most popular fitness trends of 2016 and for good reason. Fitbits, apple watches and other fitness tech provides users with valuable information about their workout, body composition and overall health that is proving to be a powerful motivator. These devices keep you accountable for your progress and allow you to see real, quantitative improvements in your overall fitness with each workout.
10. Tell yourself a white lie
‘30 seconds more and you can stop running’… ‘just 2 more reps then you can have a rest’…’all you have to do it get to the gym’…Sometimes telling yourself a few lies here and there during your workout can be really beneficial to your motivation and endurance. Before you can start to think about it, you’ll probably have finished your workout!