So, here we are with a new health and fitness post right before Halloween. It’s actually genius, right? All the candy (that, if you’re like me, you’ll be stealing from your kids) and then the holiday season literally seems to be starting on Friday. For me, this is an easy time of year to lose my motivation to exercise and workout. A full calendar and “the holidays” as an excuse make it really easy to skip a few workouts or have an extra cookie or three. I speak from personal experience here.
Since the kids have been back in school, I’ve been up and down in my workout motivation and I felt like, especially lately, I’ve needed an extra kick in the butt to get up and get moving! Once we got back from Disney and settled back into our routine, my lack of motivation to exercise was at an all-time high. I’d say I’m fighting through that a little bit still right now, so I wanted to share 5 of my top tips to overcome your lack of motivation to exercise if you’re experiencing this, as well!
5 Top Tips to Overcome a Lack of Motivation to Exercise and Workout
1) Try Something New
I’m actually starting this one this week! I signed up for a Hypertrophy Camp on Mondays and Fridays at a local studio. I always find that I see results from strength training relatively quickly, and I know that’s good for my motivation. If you’re like me, then maybe your body gets used to doing the same workout over and over again, then you get tired and don’t get the results you’re hoping for. Mixing it up is a great way to challenge both your body and your mind to get out of your comfort zone!
2) Get a Workout Buddy
I workout solo A LOT, which works for me because I have a flexible schedule. But I’m also a part of a Peloton Moms group who coordinates group rides from time to time, and the Weekly Moves Workout group I’m in has a great element of community where people talk about the workouts and it’s almost as if you’re doing them together. For me sometimes this is enough, but I also like to have the motivation of people live and in person to keep me going.
It’s helpful to have others around you to keep you motivated! Plan to go to a class or on a walk with a friend one or two days a week. If you’re looking forward to it, you’re WAY more likely to stay on track – plus you’re also more likely to show up if you know someone is waiting for you!
3) Buy New Workout Gear
I’m a sucker for retail motivation, so picking up a new pair of leggings or some “to and from” gear helps me get more excited to workout – especially when I’m going to classes! I also like to sort of bribe myself with new workout gear as part of a new routine. For example, if I don’t skip any classes in my new Hypertrophy Camp, I’m rewarding myself with a new pair of lululemon leggings.
Oh and maybe this jacket, we’ll see how it goes!
4) Create a New Playlist
Music is super motivating to me so if I need a little boost to my workout, I’ll change up my playlist a bit. On Peloton, you can favorite songs and artists, so you can find rides with those. I love a little Lizzo, Ariana Grande and the new Whitney Houston/Kygo version of Higher Love lately. I also will create some new Pandora stations to have on during my at home strength workouts.
I also plan on creating a little holiday motivation playlist in Spotify and will share that with you all when I do it!
5) Slow Down
Maybe it sounds odd to say “slow down” when we’re looking to kick things up a notch, but hear me out. What I really mean is to take time out of your day to take care of both your physical and mental health. I love doing little meditations in the morning or evening that focus on gratitude or positivity. I find mine on Peloton Digital, but I’ve also heard that Calm and Headspace are great meditation apps.
If that’s not your thing, try a few different ways to allow yourself to stop, take 5 minutes and just disconnect and breathe. Maybe it’s just making an afternoon coffee and sitting quietly in your office with the door closed, or spending time reading during your kids’ nap time instead of throwing in that extra load of laundry. A few moments of peace and time to yourself can be really settling and allow for you to be more productive in other areas of your life.