If you feel like your workouts are more ho-hum than hardcore, here are a few ways to regain your fitness mojo.
TAKE A BREAK
This may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes a break from the daily grind is exactly what your body (and mind) needs. Take a week off from any intense training and focus on “active” recovery and relaxation. Go for a walk each day, spend time stretching, or schedule a massage for yourself and focus on how good you feel afterwards. It’s a gentle reminder that exercise isn’t just about fitness – it bolsters the mood, reduces stress, and even boosts self-esteem. Reconnecting with the positive benefits, that aren’t related to weight or shape, is the most successful motivation for sticking with an active and balanced lifestyle.
RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Reframing the way you think about exercise can be crucial for staying motivated. Next time you find yourself feeling lacklustre about your workout, switch your perception and re-word : “I choose to workout today because…” This allows you to think about why you value exercise, instead of resenting it and simply going through the motions.
MAKE IT FUN
Ever notice how everyone at the gym has their game face on? Since when did exercise become so serious? Back when you were a kid they called it play, and you laughed, and ran and had fun. You are more likely to stick with exercise, if you choose something you enjoy. Some great options that are sure to put a smile on your dial include: group exercise classes, playing sport, creating a mini challenge with the family, or hitting the dance floor with your friends.
CHOOSE YOUR BEATS
Listening to music to enhance your workout motivation isn’t exactly a new concept, however listening to the right tunes during a workout may do more than just keep you entertained – it may improve your performance. British researchers discovered that particular types of music increase endurance by up to 15 per cent, whilst listening to the wrong type of music could harm your workout performance. For example, tracks with a tempo of 150 to 190 bpm are ideal for running one step per beat. According to the researchers, the right tunes can also reduce the perception of exertion, making exercise feel less strenuous.
PHONE A FRIEND
We all know one person who’s on their fitness game 24/7. Feed off their positive vibes by scheduling a workout together. Science shows that a workout buddy can offer support, encouragement, and an element of friendly competition. This means you’re more likely to keep your gym date because you have someone counting on you to be there. Last one to the weights room does 10 burpees!
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO GET MOVING?