I decided to dig deeper into motivation after seeing most of my long-term clients going through a phase of very low motivation at least once during their fitness journey. I bet you know what I am talking about. The days when you wake up and feel like you don’t want to get out of bed, let alone make your way down to the gym and power through your workout.
Kind of like this...
Well stay tuned, because today I discuss the reasons behind why people lose their mojo sometimes, how to work through it and what techniques to use to get it back.
Why we aren't always motivated
There are plenty of reasons why you may not feel motivated to follow your fitness plan. One or a combination of the following can cause loss of momentum when you’re trying to work hard towards your health and fitness goals:
The list could go on and I am sure you can add your own story to it. In a nutshell, something EXTERNAL appears to have ruined your newly and perfectly created health and fitness schedule and stops you from getting the amount of exercise and/or focusing on your healthy eating habits.
So if you feel like this sometimes, read on.
How to handle the lack of motivation
The quickest route to change is acceptance. This applies in fitness too. Develop the habit of staying objective towards your emotions, decisions and actions. Everybody can have a bad day once and that’s fine. But if you wake up feeling lethargic for days in a row, raise the questions to yourself and figure out what the problem is. It's not OK to stay stuck in victim mode.
Do you feel extra pressure from work, family or from training? Have you experienced a snafu in your relationship and are under high emotional stress? Do you feel that you have had enough of doing the same things for weeks/months and you’re bored? Whatever it is, keep asking questions until you can pinpoint to the reason or reasons you're feeling this way.
What to do instead
The actions to follow your acknowledgment of the problem depends on what the reason is. One thing is certain: admitting to yourself that something is not going the normal way is the hardest step. From there however, there are many options, tools and other things to help you.
At the end of the day these are YOUR fitness goals, YOUR effort and YOUR priorities. If push comes to shove you can always fall back to plan B for a deload week of the minimum necessary, so you won’t lose what you’ve already accomplished but can give your body and mind a little break from stressing over your fitness goals and enjoy activities you like.
Side note: This is what I have been doing lately. Let's not discuss how many deload weeks I'm on.
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I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.