Getting into slump and feeling unmotivated to exercise is something we all feel at one point or another. Even the most go getting, fitness health freaks feel it. What makes the difference is knowing how to pull yourself up and out of it, and with these few, easy tips, you can get back on track and make a change for the better.
The most common excuse for skipping out on exercise is that there is too much going on in your life, or that you are too tired – even I am guilty of it. What tends to be the problem is that we are setting ourselves too many goals. Trying to achieve loads of things at once can drain us, and cause too much pressure. By setting one achievable goal at a time, and working your way towards each one systematically, can make staying fit and healthy much more manageable, helping to get over the hump.
Sometimes the best way to get motivated is to make it known publically what you WILL achieve. This way, when you feel yourself flagging, you will always have it in the back of your mind that those around you expect you to succeed, and will likely be disappointed in you if you don’t – it may seem harsh, but it works.
Motivation comes and goes, and by realising and accepting this, you can consciously work to increasing motivation without feeling bad about yourself. Understand that it will come back, and work towards speeding it up.
Nothing motivates more than passion. Try and get a personally invested in your preferred type of exercise – read magazines on it, join a forum, join a club, and make it apart of yourself.
It may seem like another harsh tactic, but fear can be a great motivator. As an example, it was recently reported how a group of women left a 2KG lump of fake fat next to their fridge to remind themselves what they were enabling every time decided to skip on exercise and snack. Alternatively, you can look at pictures and read articles on the dangers of being unfit. It may seem like a crude method, but it works.
It sound like an obvious one, but it may surprise you as to the amount of people who pretty much forget about their goal during a slump. Remember what you are trying to achieve and get excited about it, it will really help.
Instead of doing things spur of the moment, plan your activates out in advance. Knowing you are going to a fitness class or sport activity on a certain da can help build anticipation and excitement – keeping you motivated.
A great way to stay motivated is to embark upon your goals with friends or family, they don’t necessarily have to have the same goal as you, but sharing can really help. Let’s say you are training for a marathon, going running with a friend or partner can be a great motivator, even if they are not training for the same thing, or with the same intensity as you.
Not getting a healthy amount of sleep will leave you tired and drab throughout the day, making it nearly impossible to bring yourself to exercise. Make sure you are getting 6-8 hours a day of sleep, and stick to a routine – you will feel find your natural energy levels go through the roof.
Motivation isn’t just psychological. In order to stay on top of the game, you need the energy and nutrition to back it up - without them your body will feel slow, lethargic and heavy. For this reason it is important to ensure you are getting all of the healthy nutrition you need to keep your body running at optimal efficiency – perhaps try some Uzuma Slow Juice!
It may be easier said than done, but the above tips should go a long way to help you stay motivated, and pull yourself out of the pit of lethargy. Stay strong and don’t give in – everyone can achieve their goals!