What if you're just not feeling it?
Love Squad, trust us we're totally on the same page with that lack of motivation once in a while. Let's face it. We pointed out our 5 ways to motivate ourselves when we're just not feeling it.
Getting yourself to the gym is too time-consuming and preventing you from getting your workout in, you should know by now that bodyweight training at home or outdoors is the answer. You can truly transform your body using your own body weight and we have the success stories to prove it. So now what’s holding you back?
Getting started is the hardest part. We get so caught up in our head thinking about how much preparation, work, time and effort has to go into a fitness routine that we make it a bigger hurdle than it actually is. It’s only 20-60 minutes of your day, and it doesn’t even need to be every day. It’s time to break those mental barriers and get our sweat on, right?
Here are 5 no-nonsense ways to motivate yourself to get sweaty even on those days you just don't want to.
1. Dress up and sweat it out
Don’t think about it, just get dressed. You’re not going to just plop yourself on the couch after having put your training clothes on. Find something that fits you and makes you feel good when you wear it. Bright colors or all black, whatever you prefer.
2. Dear diary...
Keep a little journal and write down how you feel after your workouts. That way you can go back and take a look at those awesome feelings when you’re just not feeling in the mood. Generally, we want to skip our workout because we’re tired, busy, low-energy and have too many things to do. But when you’re done working out – hello endorphins! You’ll probably write things down like: I feel great, I am so happy I finished that workout, I have so much energy, I feel so strong! I don’t know about you, but those are the feelings I want to have.
3. Variety, variety, variety
Don’t do the same workout all the time. Mix it up! You can go for a run or a bike ride, do some bodyweight training, go for a run, join a Peloton class, do Yoga ... we have so many options, but we tend to stick to what we're used to. Variety is key.
4. Good vibes only
You need to hang around with people that make you feel capable of reaching your goals. You also need to write down your goals and motivational quotes in places you will see them. I have mine on my desk, in my bathroom at home, on my vision board and as the background on my phone. People often ask me: “How do you stay so motivated all the time.” I am not motivated all the time, but I consistently cultivate a motivating environment for myself (quotes and people) so that I know I can even when I don’t necessarily feel like it.
5. Stop eating crap
When you eat unhealthy, processed and high-sugar foods, it doesn’t make your body feel energized. These foods make you feel tired, lazy, unmotivated and grumpy – no mojo! Plus, your workouts are not going to help you reach your goals if you’re not staying on top of your nutrition, too. Start by whipping up this insanely delicious peanut butter post-workout smoothie after you’ve completed your workout. It’s so yummy that it tastes like a treat.