Have you ever been going strong on a diet/workout plan, then all of a sudden, fitness plan fatigue sets in? Your energy to train is completely sapped. When it happens, how do you rediscover your training motivation? The motivation to do weight training? The motivation to eat right? How do you come back after you’ve stumbled? How can you live the “fitness lifestyle” when your head’s not in it?
Get Motivated. Get Bigger Bench Gains. Click Here![/caption]I’m talking about this because I had my fitness stumble week last week. I mean I slipped up on…everything: exercise, diet, sleep, all of it. My cheat day is usually on Saturday, so I went to a party, and ate everything to my heart’s content. I drank all the Cola and sugary stuff that I wanted to, and had a great time. The problem was stayed out WAY too late, 4:12 am to be exact. This meant that my Sunday was thrown completely off. I planned on going to the gym, but I woke up around 11:00 am, then had to do other things. I didn’t make time to cook like I was supposed to, and it threw me off. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesay were horrible. I didn’t work out, I ate healthy meals but would binge on sweets that I wasn’t supposed to. How did the rest of the week turn out?
By the time Wednesday rolled around, I realized that I felt absolutely horrific. The residual effects of the bad eating and no exercise (after having stuck to such a good plan weeks for several weeks prior) was taking its toll. I stepped out of the shower on Tuesday night and looked at myself in the mirror. I was making progress. I had beefed up a bit, and could see my abdominal muscles, but not as clearly as I wanted to. I honestly started talking to myself out loud: “How many times are you going to do this? How many times are you going to get close to your fitness goals and give up because you get injured or get lazy? Aren’t you tired of this?? If you want your body to be better, make a choice and do it!” The next morning, I was back on my plan, and stuck to it through the rest of the week. Yes, I stumbled, but getting back on the fitness horse is a mindset thing.
What are some things you can do to get your training motivation back after you’ve lost it? Here are seven things that work for me?
1. Change up your diet a bit: Some of the fittest people in the world have very simple diets, the same meals over and over again. Having the same diet day to day gives you tight control over what’s going into and out of your body. However, when you’re losing motivation, it may be a good idea to change up your diet. Adding variety will add a little excitement to the mundane meals. Keep the foods healthy, though.
2. Change up your workouts: This isn’t as much of a problem for me, but a lack of fitness motivation very well may stem from workout boredom. Try a super difficult exercise (safely of course) that you’ve never done before. A challenge may be just the thing you need.
3. Take a day to do nothing: If you’re over trained, or things aren’t going the way you want. Take a day to sit down and get your head right again. Watch an inspiring movie, or documentary* that gets you inspired to train again. Go back to the gym renewed.
*I like Bruce Lee documentaries
4. Constantly Take Photos: Nothing is more inspiring than progress. If you take pictures of body before you start a fitness program, and take good photos along the way, your progress will become more tangible to you. This will send your fitness motivation through the roof.
5. Find Like-Minded Fitness Enthusiasts: When the training gets the hardest, or when you’re ready to throw a bland meal through the nearest window, it’s good to have people around you who are doing what you do. Join forums, make friends at your gym, etc. It can help a lot more than you realize. Ever notice how many pro bodybuilders are a part of sponsored teams? I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
If you’ve lost your training motivation, I sincerely know the feeling. I hope these tips help you to get back on the right track. If you feel like venting, please use the comments section below, I’m always happy to talk.
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