We’ve all been there. You are on an exercise program and it’s going great. You are getting in all of your workouts and getting great results. Then, progress and interest begin to wane and you find yourself dragging in your workouts. Pretty soon, you are dreading your workout when you get up in the morning and begin missing sessions. What went wrong and how can we fix it.
People often lose motivation in their training and don’t know why or what do. While there are a variety of reasons to explain why people lose motivation, there are few simple things that you can do to get it back. Try these tips out and find renewed success!
- Try something new. Perhaps the reason your training program is getting old, is because it is old. It’s very common for people to run the same distances at the same pace and do the same tried and true strength exercises over and over again, for years at a time. Progress and adaptation to training will eventually wane if the stimulus is not readily renewed. Find an expert in your area to show you a different way to train for your goals or try something completely different. Perhaps you can try yoga, capioera, kickboxing, kettlebells, stand up paddleboarding, or rock climbing.
- Consider your goals. It’s important to know what you are striving for each time you begin a training session. Goals can be as specific or as narrow as you’d like. General goals like staying fit and healthy can be fine if they work for you but most people do best with a more specific goal. For that, use the SMART acronym. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Consider all of these components first and it will ignite the spark to get you to reach them. Having a specific time demand is especially helpful to many.
- Accountability. Many times people slip up or take days off because they aren’t held accountable for their training. Adding in the accountability component can be a game-changer. Accountability can come from a personal trainer, friend or family member, or a tech tool. In the days of apps and smart phones, it’s becoming increasingly easy to stay motivated by receiving your FitBit reminder, a text from a friend, or a calendar reminder about your next workout session.
Try these tips if you feel like you are losing motivation or want to re-ignite your passion for training. Most of all, remember to enjoy movement for its own sake and have fun! That’s the best motivator of all!
Vlad Klipinitser of Fitness Together Lake Forest offers these tips in a weekly Fit Tip blog to help get people moving and motivated toward a healthier lifestyle.
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