Written by: Dekkel Bachar
Ask me to work out, any time, any place and I’m down (usually). The gym is the one place I can erase everything that is going on in my life and I can really focus on pushing myself to my limits, both physically and mentally. Realistically, I basically live at the gym, whether I’m working, training or teaching, there are some days that I’m simply not ‘feeling it’.
Most of the time, I’ll be working a supervising shift and be itching for it to be done so I can throw on my workout gear and give it my all. I’m going to emphasize the word MOST, because there are other times that the thought of working out is a struggle in itself. A lot of people say “getting yourself to the gym is half the struggle”. While I do agree with that statement, all of it comes hand in hand with self-drive and motivation.
If you tell me that you’re up for a challenge every single day, you’re lying.
If you sometimes lose your motivation, like me, that’s exactly what I’m here for. To help you find it again.
While my tips aren’t foolproof, and I can’t guarantee that after reading this you’ll miraculously feel like a new person ready to take on the world, I can assure you that if you take these tips into consideration you will feel even just a little bit better.
So here we go. Here are 10 tips on regaining your motivation.
(*Note some of these tips can be applicable to the non-fitness related parts of your life as well)
Tip #1: Ask yourself why you’re even pushing yourself in the first place?
This tip is pretty self-explanatory, start back at the roots. Why did you originally decide to do what you’re doing? Really give it some thought. Then decide if your goals and objectives have changed since then, it’s okay if they did. Revaluate your purpose and intentions.
This sounds super simple and fairly ineffective but understanding yourself and why you do something is really quite liberating and more advantageous than you would expect.
Tip #2: Change up your routine
If you’ve been doing the same thing every day for the past few months, chances are you’re getting bored and your body has reached a plateau.
Dekkel, what’s a plateau?
Glad you asked.
Plateau is when your body stops progressing and kind of just staying the way it is after getting used to the way you’ve been training it for a while.
If you change up your routine then you’re shocking your body, giving it the ability to progress and you’re going to feel more mentally stimulated since it’s not something you’re used to anymore!
Tip #3: Update your playlist
My fitness playlist is basically my pride and joy. I have people coming up to me on a regular basis asking me for music recommendations. People who attend my classes comment on how fun my playlists are and stay after class to Shazam at least half of the songs.
The music I listen to has a HUGE impact on my performance whether I’m listening to some old school Eminem hitting a new squat PR (Personal Record) or some EDM and running as fast as my little legs can go- music is everything.
Bored of your playlist? Switch it up. There is a whole world of music I am sure you don’t even know about, do some research. I can guarantee you’ll find some really dope stuff.
Tip #4: Find a workout partner
Okay, for this tip I’m not going to get into TOO much detail, because I’ll be writing a whole piece about it soon enough, but I will tell you this. Having someone who is on your level, pushing you is so beneficial. There is nothing wrong with having someone else tell you to push yourself, odds are, you’ll listen. They can also offer some new insight to your routine and simply put, it’s just an overall better time working out with a friend!
Tip #5: Challenge yourself
I bet you can’t do it.
Prove me wrong.
Prove yourself wrong.
Tip #6: Buy new gym gear (my personal favourite)
This tip may be bias because I am a self-proclaimed shopaholic. That being said, whenever I buy myself a new pair of shoes, or a new workout outfit I cannot wait until the next day when I can strut my stuff with my new swag across the gym (yuuuppp I know I look good ;) )
Tip #7: Change of scenery
Love running. Hate the treadmill. This tip is a lot easier to pull off in the summer. Go for a run outside, explore! Find a park, do your pullups on some old fashioned monkey bars!
Maybe even get a free pass to a different local gym, just to see what’s up.
Tip # 9: Get some sleep
I don’t know about you, but I am extremely sleep deprived- always. And I can tell you right now, that when I catch up on my sleep I am so much more alert and willing to push myself. Its honestly just because I’m allowing my body to produce more energy. The more energy I have, the more I can exert.
It’s as simple as that.
Tip #10: Take a break
Sometimes you just need to stop. There is NOTHING wrong with that. And trust me, I struggle the most with this tip. But taking a day, or two, or three, or a week off is not the end of the world. Sometimes you need it. And you may surprise yourself- sometimes you come back stronger than you were before!
So there you have it. 10 tips on how to regain your motivation.
Each tip is based on personal experiences as well as some ideas from my co-workers. And remember, there is nothing wrong with you if you’re struggling to keep it up! It happens to the best of us. Let’s get you back on track.
Dekkel Bachar | @Dekks_
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