I was asked by a co-worker recently what to do when motivation is lacking and while you have every intention of working out sometimes it just doesn’t happen. There are a lot of barriers to exercise out there. Some are very real and should be heeded (injury or risk of injury), some are constraints (e.g. there just isn’t enough time in the day), and others are self-imposed. I just have too much to work to do (when in fact you can find the time). So them what is the magic trick to build that momentum.
Are you ready?
…here is the answer…
It depends on you.
Sorry to disappoint but it is dependent on you. What works for one person doesn’t work for another. It also is dependent on why and what are you working out for. If you have a highly demanding job that takes a lot of time or want to spend as much quality time with family then training for a full Ironman probably isn’t in the cards.
So first things first…answer the question why am I working out?
Stay in shape, shed some pounds, or training for a 5k. What ever it is write it down.
Then write out all the barriers you experience that keep you from working out/training/exercising.
Next look at each of those barriers individually and think of a creative and realistic way to address and overcome that barrier. e.g. I want to spend time with my daughter but need to run. The answer might be take her with you.
Or…I always find an excuse to not exercise even when I do have the time. e.g. its raining or don’t want to drive to the gym or it simply isn’t any fun. For this try some “when…then…” statement. ‘When it rains then I shift to my backup workout routine (which you already have planned out).’ or have a workout partner. Someone that is there waiting outside for you to show up and run/walk/exercise. Accountability can go a long way. Plus adding that social aspect in is good as well, especially if you are a very social person. This might not work for an individual who likes to exercise alone.
These are but a few of the things my sleep deprived brain can muster this morning so I will leave you with this…next week I am starting my 12 days of Christmas challenge. 12 different exercises that build for 12 days just like the song. More details to follow.
BTW this week I was able to workout each day. A full week of exercise that I think will prepare me for the challenge next week.
Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.