Feeling a little less than motivated lately? If so,you aren’t alone. Most people going about their fitness journey do tend to experience motivational high’s and low’s so consider yourself normal.
That said, if you are experiencing more low’s than high’s, you could find yourself falling off the bandwagon in no too long, so it’s time to reverse the situation around.
Fortunately, there are a number of tried and true ways to kick-start low motivation levels so that you can start looking forward to your workouts again.
Here are five to get you started.
Try A New Workout
Perhaps the best way to jumpstart your sluggish motivation is to simply try a new workout entirely. If you’ve been doing the same workout for as long as you can remember, this is very likely the reason you find yourself so bored.
Get past this with an entire workout revamp. Not only will you be more mentally interested in it, but your body will respond better as well. Remember that if you want to keep changing and seeing superior results, you need to continually keep changing your workout program.
The minute your body adapts to any given routine is the minute that you hit that progress plateau.
Get A Workout Buddy
Another way to boost your motivation is to get yourself a workout buddy. Finding someone to hit the gym with you is one of the best ways to improve your focus and desire to train hard.
If this person is slightly more fit than you, that’s even better. Now you’ll have inspiration each and every session.
Simply knowing that person is depending on you to show up can go a long way towards making you rethink skipping a session when you’d rather not go.
When looking for a workout buddy, do your best to find one that wants to workout at around the same time you do at the same frequency. It’s important that you and your new workout buddy are on the same schedule otherwise it’s going to be a constant challenge for one of you to make the sessions.
Create Per-Session Goals
Moving along, you also want to consider creating some per session goals. While it’s great to have that long-term goal that you’re working towards, sometimes that goal is too far in the distance to really keep you motivated.
Instead, set a goal for each and every session you do. What do you want to accomplish that session? This could be something like lifting another five pounds on your bench press, adding another rep to your squat, or decreasing your one mile run time by five seconds.
When you have this goal, you now have a reason for doing that session and will find you’re more inclined to give 110%. Remember to make this goal something that you could easily achieve with just a bit of effort. If it’s too hard to achieve, you’ll just feel defeated and this will have the opposite effect you want it to.
Get New Music
Sometimes the best way to bring about higher motivation is to simply get some new upbeat music. If your playlist has grown old, this is one of the first things you should do to get back on track.
Pick a number of songs that make you want to get up and dance and watch how quickly your motivation spikes once you start in at the gym.
Watch An Inspirational Video
Finally, the last trick to help jumpstart low motivation is to watch an inspirational video or look through images of your ideal fitness body/personality.
Seeing this can create greater desire in you to achieve the same for yourself, motivating you to get to the gym. With so many different videos now available online, it’s not hard to find one that gets you feeling more excited about your workouts.
So try any one of these motivational strategies next time you’re thinking of skipping the gym. Once you learn what works for you, you can continue using this strategy, making sure you are committed to stick with it.