It seems there are always plenty of excuses for skipping your workout. You’ve got too much work on, you feel tired, it’s too cold to go to the gym – the list goes on and on. At the heart of all these reasons to give yourself the day off is your motivation, or lack of it. You’re not always going to feel super-motivated to go to the gym, but here are a few ideas that will help get you there anyway.
Focus On Your Goals
There was a reason you started working out, it’s because you wanted to achieve something. Whether it’s dropping a few dress sizes for an important event, or just getting toned so you look great on your next vacation, you should have a goal that you’re working towards. Focusing on that goal, and imagining how good it will feel when you’ve achieved it, can give you that little extra boost you need to throw on your trainers and get to work.
Bargain With Yourself
Nobody likes being forced to do anything, and if there’s the option of an easier compromise we’ll often take it. You can use this to ‘trick’ yourself into doing your work out. Make a deal with yourself that if you get to the gym and you really don’t feel like working out, you can get in the car and come home. This will at least get you out the door, which is often the biggest obstacle to training, and once you get to the gym you’ll be surprised how much more energy and motivation you feel you have.
Whether you see it as a reward for accomplishing your workout, or a bribe to simply get you in the gym, promising yourself something after you’ve had a good week working out is an excellent way to keep your motivation up. These short term rewards are often easier to focus on and provide the gratification you need to stay focused – but try and avoid anything food related, unless you want to undo all your hard work.
Make Some Changes
Your motivation to train can often wane when you get bored of your current workout routine. If you’ve been doing the same thing day in day out for the last few weeks, make some changes. Move things around or try different exercises altogether. Keeping the variety in your exercise routine is a great way to keep you interested and motivated.
Take a break
Maybe your lack of motivation is simply fatigue, because you’ve been over-exercising? If you normally go to the gym regularly but just don’t feel like it, give yourself the day off. Taking a break will be good for your body and mean that you’ll be even keener to get back in the gym once you’ve got your energy back.