It happens to even the best of us….we get bored. At first it’s just an extra rest day. Or two….and before you know it we’ve lost our mojo to get back in the workout saddle.
Don’t loose your Mojo here are some simple steps to keeping your workout momentum.
1. Set a Small Goal
My friend Colleen posted a Challenge Loop a little bit back what was just a monthly plan to MOVE 4 times a week. It’s a small goal but it keeps you accountable. I thought it was genius. So often we focus on MASSIVE goals rather than planning small attainable goals. Small goals give us a deadline we can see and immediately know if we are keeping up with. And note eating better isn’t a goal, make it a goal you can easily measure. ” I plan to eat 5 healthy home prepared meals this week.” ” I plan to weight train 3 times this week.”
2. Schedule It
Make the time. I find I get most drained by workouts when I feel like they are a second thought rather than a primary one. Something will always come up, trust me. If I had a nickel for every meeting I had to reschedule due to something coming up I would be a millionaire. Schedule your workouts in the same way you schedule work meetings and it will be harder to say no to them. Again this keeps you accountable.
3. SHAKE it UP
Try a new class, a new running group, even a new running route. If something is boring you are less likely to do it. Give your brain and your body a kick-start by shaking it up! Try a TRX class, a Hot Yoga class or even a Barre Class. Tired of dry land? Take it to the pool.
4.Phone a Friend
Buddy workouts are a great way to bust out of a rut. How could you NOT enjoying laughing, sweating and catching up with friends while burning some booty off? In fact I find working out with a friend increases the amount of laughter which also burns more calories.
5. Watch an episode of Real Housewives.
SERIOUSLY. I have NO idea what it is about these catty bitches but one episode makes me want to go to the gym and never leave. It could be to get away from the ridiculousness of their situations but it could also be because most of them have some pretty ripped arms and bodies. Sure they probably have had tons of surgery to get their bods but I need to do it the old fashion way. Blood, sweat and tears ladies. Leave the table flipping at the gym door..only tires are tossed here ladies
6. Think about WHY you started
The first time you went into the gym , for a bike ride, for a run what made you do it? A lifestyle change? A life change? Stress relief? Weight loss? Remember why you started and use it as your motivation to go back!
7. Sign up for a Race
What scares you? Face your fears and sign up for a 5k. Give yourself time to train and when you cross the finish line you will have busted out of your workout rut as well as added racer to your resume!
Question of the Day: How do you bust out of a workout lull?