Correct me if I’m wrong, but every once in a while, my motivation to exercise hits rock bottom. I’m sure this happens to many people especially when you start exercising after a break. A break caused by illness, childbirth, a holiday or something as simple as no domestic help at home. How do you get back? What do you do when you just don’t want to work out? Here are a few ways.
• Become answerable to someone
One effective way would be to hire a personal trainer. There is no way a PT will let you miss your appointment. Even if you don’t want to hire a trainer, ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable and stick to your workout.
• Ease into it
One of the biggest mistakes people make while starting an exercise program or getting back to fitness after a long break is to do too much too soon. Start with something you enjoy and something relatively easy, just a few days of the week. It could be as low as one day a week. As you get fitter, increase number of days and intensity too. This way, it becomes a habit and chances of injury are very less.
• Use your fitness gear
Invest in some pretty fitness clothes and shoes ( cool clothes for the guys). Even if you wake up in the morning or finish work in the evening and don’t feel like exercising, put on your fitness clothes and shoes. This will work as a powerful stimulant for you to work out. Make sure you carry your fitness gear when you go on holidays too.
• Set a goal that is performance based
Chances of achieving a goal is much more if it based on something physical you want to accomplish. Examples would be a 5k run or walk, being able to do a full push up or being able to climb 10 floors.
• Start eating healthy
Eating the right kind of food ( read healthy) create the perfect environment for your body to exercise. Staying away from junk food gives you more energy to exercise and feel good about it. Make sure your diet includes sufficient proteins, complex carbohydrates ( vegetables and fruits) and essential fats. Eating too less can bring your metabolic rate down and make you sluggish. The bare minimum calorie requirement for women is 1200 and 1500 for men.