As a health coach and as someone who has and is always working on doing better, I’m the first to admit that getting more active and losing weight is easier said than done. But, if you’re willing to change things up, it’s totally doable.
Change your Perspective
The first thing that you need to do is try and change your perspective. If you see working out as a chore (or have PE class flashbacks whenever you think about it) that won’t help you with your motivation and you’ll probably find that you don’t achieve the results you’re looking for. One way for you to get around this would be for you to make your workouts fun, or even try and take inspiration from people online. You might also want to look into classes as well, as this can help you to push yourself more and you will also have a network of support too. I like to ask people what they liked to do for movement when they were little kids. Did you like to dance, run, play sports? How can you bring that into your workouts now?
The backbone of change is goal setting! If you don’t have a goal, do you even know what you’re aiming for? Consider signing up for a fun run in your local area, or even try and complete 20 reps of a really hard exercise. If you can, you need to set performance-based goals instead of weight loss targets. This will help you to see your progress and it will also help you to stay on track too. You also need to remember that you may not lose “weight” if you are building muscle, so this is a great way for you to make sure that you are focusing on the positives as much as possible.
It’s very easy to stay in bed for an extra hour in the morning, but if you are able to push yourself to get up and go for a run then this will actually give you way more of an energy boost. If you know that you are not a morning person (I’m totally not a morning workout person!) at all then this is understandable, but it’s still important that you schedule in a time so that you can workout. This could be at night when the kids have gone to bed, or it could even be after work. Either way, it doesn’t matter what day you choose, as long as it works for you!
Listen to Music
Music can be a fantastic motivator when it comes to your workout. Try and download a great playlist before you get started with your workout. I have a few different workout playlists and add or remove songs periodically to keep myself from getting bored. This will help you to really push forward and it will also help you to forget about the fatigue you’re feeling. You do need to make sure that you don’t turn up the volume too much however because if you do then you may experience hearing problems. Click here to find out more about that.
Fun and Variety
Humans need variety to stay motivated, by nature. It doesn’t matter whether you go to a dance class that changes up the choreography every week or even whether you run a different route every morning, because the more you can change things up, the better. This will also help you to stop plateauing in terms of your results, so do keep that in mind. Long time readers may remember when I was primarily a runner, when I did group fitness classes, when I first started lifting solo, and when I started doing yoga. There was a winter I hiked and snowshoed almost every week! Now I’m going to the gym to lift and do metabolic workouts with Girlie, starting CrossFit, doing yoga at home, and walking a lot.
Do any of these areas apply to you right now? Is it time to get some perspective, set some goals, get into a routine, change your music, or change up your workouts?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.