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How to Stay Motivated to Workout

Tuesday, February 05, 2013



I know sometimes I can be so obnoxious when it comes to asking me for advice on how to get motivated. I have a really hard time answering this question for people who canít find it in themselves, because quite honestly, I have never been there.

When my clients ask me what I do when I lose my mojo, I have to lie to give them an answer. I had never lost my motivation.. until this one dayÖ

For me, exercising is FUN. I love the butterflies in my stomach before I do a tough workout. The way I feel during could be described as orgasmic. And the feeing I have after is heavenly. As soon as Iím done with one workout, I start to think about what Iím going to do for my next workout. Sometimes Iíve been so utterly excited about an upcoming workout that I canít sleep.

If you donít feel this way about exercising, then I strongly suggest you venture out and try new things. I only feel this way about lifting weights, yoga and sometimes running. Maybe this is how you feel about Zumba or rollerblading. Whatever it is, find something you love to do.

When it comes to eating clean, I definitely havenít been the most perfect eater in the world. Right now Iím at a stage in my training and at a place with my physique where I can generally eat anything I want, but I do it in moderation. Do I pig out on pizza? No. Do I enjoy a slice or two on every trip to NYC? Yeah! If Iíve got a serious craving for something sweet do I go eat two bowls of ice cream? No. I wouldnít be able to stop pooping my pants if I did that so itís not worth it to me! Will I enjoy some almond butter or some dark chocolate? Foí sho!

I donít need motivation to eat clean Ė I know the consequences if I fall too far off track and itís not worth it.

Anyhow, when I came back to Boston from Hawaii I got depressed. We all know Iím not in love with living here.. to be honest, I donít even like it, much less love it. So here I am, this tan, blonde southern girl who gets cold when the temperature drops down to 60, back in Boston, missing her girlfriends and wishing she could put on a bikini and hit the beach! But being in Boston, Iím a good 5 months away from that and very depressed.



The next day rolls around and Iím unpacked, rested and it comes times to get ready for the gym. My workout for the day includes cleans and squats Ė two of my favorite exercises! Any other day Iíd be elated and would probably show up early, but on this day I didnít want to go. I was pouting and fumbling around my house looking for things to do so I wouldnít have to go to the gym.

But I have a noon workout scheduled every single day Ė itís my routine Ė itís part of my life. So clearly since itís ďon my scheduleĒ this makes it more do-able, to even the least motivated. Then I recognized that I was stalling and I wondered what was up with me.

So I texted my girlfriend who loves working out, and squatting in particular, just as much as me. Iím like ďWtf is up with me? I donít even wanna squat!Ē wah wah wahÖ She wrote me back immediately something along the lines of, ďGet your a$$ in the gym. Of course you want to squat. Stop whining and go.Ē

So I listened, I drove to the gym and what happened? Right after my first couple of sets of squats I was elated and in love all over again. I felt great during and after my workout, and my love affair has continued on ever since.



So the moral of the story is thisÖ
1. If you arenít in love with your training, find something you are in love with.
2. When you make things a routine or part of your everyday schedule, you are far less likely to get off track or skip.
3. Constantly do workouts that challenge you. When you set goals and complete them, set new ones so you are always challenged.
4. When you are considering skipping, text a friend. They will set you straight.
5. Keep in mind how amazing you feel after your workout. Itís an irreplaceable feeling that you know you love, sometimes you just forget.


What keeps you motivated to workout?

What do you do if you feel like you may be losing motivation?

Kyra,
The Get In Shape Girl
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IRP1114 2/8/2013 11:19PM

    Awesome blog! So true. It really is a hard question to answer when you do not have the same problem with motivation for working out. We all have to just find what we love! If we don't love anything then start small and build up from there. Your body will start to love it before you know it you will crave it too! Is the only other thing I say when someone asks me : )

I hope your dream of moving comes sooner than you think! You have been working hard for it girl. It will come! Glad your "loss of motivation" was very short and that you have good friends you can count on when you need them!

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THEGETNSHAPEGRL 2/8/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for commenting! I'm the same Squirrelly... If my body needs rest, it gets rest!

I do crossfit, I do yoga, I hit the track for sprinting (in the warm months) and I run outside. I always mix it up to do new things so I never get bored! And if I have crossfit scheduled yet my body says "please, please, please go for a run outside today," I do!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/6/2013 5:16PM

    Thank you for sharing such a great post....

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SEEHOLZ 2/5/2013 11:11AM

    I love training plans-- right now, I'm super motivated, because I'm training for a new and exciting adventure- a Half Ironman... I'm like you that working out is so engrained in my routine, that going 1 day without a workout is one day too long-LOL. (and yes, I'm flexible with my schedule). But I have days where I want to "sleep in" ( I work out at the crack of dawn-lol) and sometimes I find that giving myself that gift of changing up my routine makes allt he difference in the world- eg yesterday- I should have done a pool workout in the AM, but wanted to sleep in.. .so I did a double spin in the PM ( 45 miles) and decided to change my scheudle around and go swimming on Sat instead of Mon- still getting in my 3 swims this week. Now, that it's been almost a week since I've been in the pool, I'm looking forward to my next swim tomorrow :-)
I think simple change of routine ( time of day of work out, moving workouts around depending how you feel that day) make all the difference in the world and keep the monotony out of it all. When I'm "burned out" on something.. I either stick it out till the event is over and then make sure to take some time for some random, fun workouts like Kickbox class, Zumba etc till I find the next plan or adventure to sign up for!

Works like a charm!!!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 2/5/2013 11:06AM

    I always tell people the same thing: do what you love! If you don't love it, why would you keep doing it? However, depending on my reason to "not want" a workout, I will occasionally skip it. About 80% of the time that I really don't want to do something, it's because I've been overdoing it, so I'll take the 1 rest day. Not multiples, but if I am too d4mn tired to climb a wall... I'll go sit down and rest: If I'm too tired to do my favourite things, I obviously need a rest!

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