There are days or even weeks, where you are really stressed at work, sick or you just have not enough energy to exercise. And it is normal, we all are humans. Everyone is having such periods and you shouldn’t blame yourself for this. Just get back on track as soon as you are ready.
Sometimes it is not so easy to get back on track. Especially if you couldn’t or didn’t exercise for longer. You need double that motivation to start your usual workout, you would need when exercising regularly. And secondly you get a little bit frustrated, when you realise that your fitness level is not the same as it was before.
These are the reasons why I try to avoid to break my workout routine, but sometimes you are just forced to. So here are my tips how to get back on track and how to motivate yourself to keep going.
Look for a new place to workout, for example for a new running path or if you are doing exercises at home, search in the internet for new workout ideas or download a new app with challenging workouts. This helps me every time! I love running, but sometimes I realise that it is way more difficult to motivate myself for a run if I am bored about my running path. Hence from time to time I look for new running paths. It is amazing feeling when you are having a run on your new route and without even big efforts realise that you did a longer run than usual. I love to explore new areas in such way. Why is the run in a new area so much easier? I think because your head is full of new pictures and you have no time for wasteful thoughts about remaining kilometres.
Another very helpful trick is to plan something nice after workout session. Something you really love to do, so you are excited about finishing your workout, even before you started. For example going for a run to the hill and having a rest with coffee or cold water in the cafe on the hill, enjoying the beautiful view from above. I really can’t get enough of amazing city view from the Turmberg hill in my city and therefore I am very excited every time I am going for a run or stair workout there. It doesn’t have to be a hill, you can plan a wonderful workout in the park or at the sea and enjoy your successfully finished workout there!
And last but not least, new workout cloths or equipment. When I buy new cloths or new equipment, I could immediately run home to try this out. The new equipment not only motivates you to start exercising, it also makes the workout more interesting and challenging.
It is very important to keep yourself excited about working out, especially when you are struggling to get back on track.
So I hope these tricks will help you to find fun in exercising again. Feel free to share your motivation tricks, I am really curious to know what helps for others.