Worried that you’re missing too many workouts?
It’s possible that your motivation levels have dropped down to zero. When that happens, the rot can set in. Before you know it, you’ve not been to the gym for a month, and you’re piling on the pounds.
It’s scary. But the good news is that - as difficult a mistress as motivation is - the lack of it can be overcome.
In this article, Beast Gear shares a few ways you can get your mojo back on track.
Whenever I start to lose a bit of motivation, I always return to my “Why.”
In other words, my reason for doing this.
If your Why isn’t strong enough, you’ll struggle to keep going. You need a strong Why and you need to keep reminding yourself of it. Write it on post-it notes, plaster it all over your house.
Heck, it could be something like “I want to lose weight and stay fit for my beach holiday this year.” If so, pin posters to your wall of the beach so that you never lose sight of your purpose!
Or, maybe you want to look like The Rock. If so, remind yourself!
This is a pretty cool one.
From now on, you’re going to track your progress in the gym. This means writing down the amount of sets and reps you did in each workout. The idea is that you increase the number each week.
Over time, you’ll be able to see your progress. “Wow. I’ve done well here.”
And once you start seeing progress, it will bevery hard to return to chilling on the sofa all week.
Are coffee drinkers more motivated than those who don’t drink coffee? I’m not sure. But some time ago, I came across an interesting an article on the links between caffeine and motivation. I did some more digging and discovered that, because caffeine boosts our alertness and mood, a cup of coffee can indeed increase our motivation.
If you don’t drink coffee, now might be the time to start having a few cups of Good Morning America.
I get it, I really do. It can bevery hard to keep hitting the gym when there seems to be no end in sight. It’s worse when you’re punishing your body all the time but getting no rewards.
While cheat meals are frowned upon by some bodybuilders, mostly everyone knows that they have such powerful effects on our brain that they encourage us to stay motivated - but only if you eat them at the right time.
For example, I suggest that you enjoy two cheat meals per week after a workout. If possible, try to limit it to one cheat meal per week, but go up to two if you really have to. Eventually, your brain will understand the link between work and reward, and your mind and body will work together so that you hit the gym more.
These tips can help - but only if you commit. You now need to dedicate yourself to staying fit, and you need to keep reminding yourself of why you’re doing this.
And if you’ve got any tips of your own, don’t forget to leave them in the comments!