Keep it fresh: Tips on staying motivated

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

Girl, I don’t know about you but I’m tired! If you're having trouble adjusting to the change in weather, change in your life schedule (e.g., kids going back to school), or any other life changes you’re probably tired too. So much so that the consistency in your fitness schedule has taken a hit as well as your motivation to workout.

It can be hard to stay motivated to workout when aspects of your life change.

A big life change that we have all been dealing with is COVID – Yeah, girl I’m tired of talking about it to! Although we've been dealing with it for a while, it hasn't gotten easier to deal with the changes to simple life experiences like going to the mall or going to a restaurant. None of these activities are desirable anymore because COVID has made me phobic about being around people I do not know. This is particularly true when it comes to the gym. People are so concerned with finding a bench, the row machine or the dumbbell station that they forget their COVID manners. It's a pet peeve of mine and has made me reconsider my gym practices.

Changes in our life, either personally or socially, can cause stress, worry which means less energy or less time to put into your own personal self care, which I believe moving your body is an essential component. So how do we find our motivation? Here are some tips below:

1.Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be flexible. Sometimes we can get stuck in a certain way of thinking “I need to do X at this time” or “X has to be done this way.” Being open to how you approach your workouts can take the stress off doing your workouts. Perhaps you need to reevaluate if an a.m. workout still works for you. Maybe you need to sleep in and try to fit in a 30 min workout at lunch. It may not be the hour workout that you are used to but at least you get your body moving.

2. Look forward to it. This tip is about creating a reward for yourself. It could be that you decide to do 10 pushups before having a cup of coffee in the morning. What I find effective is choosing a workout that sparks interest and excitement. For example, aerial yoga, boxing, pilates, pole dancing. I haven't tried a couple of these workouts but thinking about them is getting me excited.

3. Try something different. If you focus more on running try HIIT, you’re a yogi try weight training. Sometimes changing up our routine can put a new spark in your workouts.

4. Get a friend to cheer you on. There's nothing more fun than experiencing a workout with your "person" I usually do my workouts solo, especially now due to COVID, but I've seen the energy that can be produced when a group of people are working out together. I think working out with others can help push you, energize you and make the workout more enjoyable. Make an event out of it and do a workout online with a friend followed by a virtual brunch afterwards.

5. Remember your WHY There is a reason why you decided to sign up for that workout, buy the equipment for your home or read blogs and articles on fitness. Tap into why you want to elevate this part of your life and it will help you get yourself back on track.

6. #JustDOIT - What I am going to say next may go against what I've stated above but here it goes...Sometimes you just need to get off your ass and do it! We all have days where we just don't feel like it. As humans we naturally want to be and stay comfortable but there are times where we need to challenge ourselves to see the change we want.

There it is! I hope you enjoyed this read. If there is one takeaway from this piece is life is challenging we will experience interruptions. This is a fact so always keep going, try not to be discouraged and if you get off track, don't stress just work to get back on track.

-GhanaGirl.



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