On Training, Maintaining, and Enjoying
The questions: “How’s your training going?” and “Still doing that streak?”
My answers: “Non-existent” and “Not happening”
It would seem my motivation is definitely lacking. And it is. I know that I am supposed to be the motivating one giving you (my amazing readers) tips/tricks/ideas on how to maintain your motivation. Yet, today I thought it may be a good idea to share that I am not always motivated. That sometimes motivation will leave even the most motivated. And that’s OK.
I know that I will find my motivation again. I will get back on the bike and start cycling. I will lace up my running shoes and get back running. How do I know? Because I always get back on the exercise-train, even during my lulls. My motivation comes from a lot of places, but often I just get the feeling that I need to move, to sweat and feel the endorphin rush.
I wanted to share this period/stage/moment with you so that you know that these things happen. And that when they do, you should NOT beat yourself up. Instead, enjoy the momentary break. Beating yourself up and ruminating on what went wrong is going to make it worse.
If you’re feeling unmotivated and/or down about your exercise routine, here are some snappy and hopefully helpful hints to move through it (and believe me, I am definitely going to be utilizing some of these in the very near future):
- Enjoy the momentary break (but don’t let it go on for too long)
- Take a walk (even a quick tootle around town may trigger some feel-good endorphins and kick you back into gear)
- Find your favorite tune and dance to it (down the street, in the office, in your car, in the shower)
- Download some new tunes
- Ask a friend for their workout routine – change is good
- Sign-up for a race and fundraise for a cause close to your heart (there are always plenty going on, especially this time of year)
- Do a bootcamp class – a total butt-kicking may work wonders or be a complete disaster, make the choice that works for you
There are so many other things you can do to get motivated again. The number one thing to remember is not to be too hard on yourself.
Please share what motivates you during the lulls (via the comment board or email at email@example.com. I would love to hear some fresh ideas!