Welcome back to Work It On Out, my weekly post in which I thinly disguise my own personal work-out interests as being intended for the common good. That’s why this week’s theme is Motivation. I just got home from the lamest workout I’ve had in a while. I couldn’t get going at all. My legs felt stiff, my arms felt heavy, my mind kept wandering into a downward spiral of guilt and self-deprecation. I can’t believe I went from the workout last week where I only left the gym because it was closing, to today where I only put in the bare minimum to get my sticker on my Fitness February chart. So, I decided to research some tips to get motivated again, and here’s what I came up with!
Music: Music is my go-to to try to get myself motivated to start with. In the middle of a workout, I love a good “power song,” as they say. Lagging in the middle of a run? If I put on Eye Of The Tiger I’m guaranteed to at least bust through the rest of the song, which often gives me enough juice to keep going after that. But sometimes, even Survivor can’t get me going. So I have to try something else.
Positive Self-Talk: I’ll admit it, I’m not a glass half-full exerciser, and it’s very easy to get into the spiral of negative self-talk. I have been working on trying more positive statements during my internal monologue. Often my motivation for fitness is my negative feelings about myself, but just like in Monsters, Inc. where it turns out that laughter provides more power than screaming, positive self-talk goes a lot further than negative. In the same vein, I like to post little motivational notes to myself and one thing I will be doing today is adding more around my apartment.
Write Down Your Happy Thoughts: Here’s something else I think I will be working into Fitness February. Because this is exercise-oriented, my Happy Thoughts will be fitness related. For instance, I got my ass to the gym even though it’s freaking freezing outside and I tried several different workouts to see if I could get motivated – I didn’t give up! Go me! I am proud of that for today.
Reward Yourself: You know what? I’m 8 days into Fitness February and still going; I’m going to get myself a manicure tomorrow. I think that will be just the thing to perk me up.
and finally, Give Yourself a Break: A setback is just a setup for a comeback! I love those cheesy platitudes because their true. So today I didn’t come home from my workout acting like I was hopped up on goofballs, it’s not the end of the world! I have some idea about where I went wrong today, and I have some plans to fix that in the future. I enter the rest of Fitness February with renewed commitment!
So, readers, what helps you when you’ve lost your motivation for working out?