By Molly Cerreta Smith
We all know how great we feel after a workout, but sometimes getting ourselves to the gym to actually do a workout can be the toughest part! There are days when your schedule is going to seem too tight to squeeze in a sweat session and days when you’d just rather hit the snooze button. On days like this, you’ve got to self-motivate… and we’ve got some easy ways to get your fitness motivation mojo back.
- Create a Goal — Working toward a goal can be very motivating. So before you even start a new workout routine, clearly define your goal and plan out how you’re going to achieve it. Write your goals down, post in on your bathroom mirror or the refrigerator door. Seeing little reminders of your goal throughout your day can help move your fitness motivation needle.
- Pencil it in and be Accountable — Just as with any other appointment, scheduling your workouts into your week will help you prioritize them. This actually encourages working out to become a habit, and eventually an automatic part of your routine, which helps eliminate the need to motivate yourself in the long run. Some people are more motivated to hit the gym when they know they are accountable to something or someone. Sign up for a class, make an appointment with one of the Village’s personal trainers, enlist a workout buddy, or try a weight loss and workout challenge to stay accountable and keep yourself motivated!
- Mix it Up — Workout boredom can disguise itself as a lack of motivation. Maybe you do the same routine or class every time you hit the gym, which can become redundant. Next time you don’t feel like working out, ask yourself if you don’t want to work out or you don’t want to lift weights – again. Instead of doing the same old thing, hit some balls on the tennis court, take a group fitness class, or take a bike ride or a hike. Music tends to create the mood; so when you really need to motivate yourself, the perfect playlist can help. Find some upbeat songs, turn up the volume, and groove your way through your workout!
- Remember the Why — You may not naturally love sweating through a strength training session, but you love the results, right? When you really don’t feel like hitting the gym, it’s important to remember why you work out in the first place — to be more healthy, to feel better, to fit into your jeans, to prolong your life, to sleep better, and to have more energy. Maybe it’s to keep up with your kids or to lose some weight to reduce the risk of certain diseases. There are so many great fitness health benefits, but it helps to define, and remind yourself, exactly why working out is important to you.
- Don’t Force it — Motivating yourself to do something you plain don’t like can be very difficult! And that shouldn’t be the case. If you don’t like running, don’t do it! Working out should be an enjoyable part of your fitness journey, not a daily struggle. And when you enjoy it, exercise can also provide a wealth of mental health benefits, too. So stop forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do — and instead find something you want and like to do. There are endless ways to work out and get fit, so be adventurous and try new things until you find what works for you.
The fitness health benefits of working out are vast, but that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. So when you just don’t feel like working out, consider these tips and give yourself a break if needed, but stay committed to your goals and yourself! Remember, the experts at the Village can help members create a realistic plan to help them achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.