How To Get Your Workout Mojo Back
Written by: Kat Gal
Do you have trouble exercising consistently? Perhaps you used to love working out, but after some period of injury, illness, being busy or (let’s be honest) being simply lazy, you have a difficult time getting back in the swing of things.
You are not alone. We’ve all been there. I promise you that even world class athletes have difficulty getting back to their training regiment after a break.
Don’t worry though, with these powerful tips, you can quickly get back to consistent exercise and love it more than ever. In case you have never had a regular workout routine, keep reading, you can use these tips to finally start one.
10 Powerful Tips To Get Your Workout Mojo Back
#1. Forget About The Past
So you haven’t regularly exercised for weeks, months or years (or ever). Perhaps you’ve gained some pounds, lost some energy or some motivation as a result. So what? You can’t change your past, so don’t dwell on it and don’t beat yourself up, dear! Move on with a smile on your face. You can only control your present and work for the future. The time you spend beating yourself up because of the past, you could actually be working out and creating a future healthier you.
#2. Know Your WHY
It is crucial to know WHY you want to be working out in the first place. Because your friends do it or the internet said so are not good enough reasons. You have to have a strong why. You have to do it for you. Do you want to be healthier? Stronger? More energetic? Happier? Do you want to heal some health problems? Do you want to accomplish something, like finish a marathon? How do you want to feel? It doesn’t matter what your why is, but it has to be strong enough to motivate you.
#3. Focus On The Feeling
Tap into the feeling you want to experience. How do you want to feel while working out? How do you want to feel right after a workout? How do you want to feel weeks, months and years after working out consistently? What are the core feelings and desires in the center of these? Focus on these to motivate yourself.
#4. Make It A Priority
It is not enough to sign up for a 30-day challenge, join the gym or buy some running shoes. You need to make it a priority. Put it on the top of your daily or weekly to-do list. If it is not priority, but number 5, number 15 or number 100 on your list of things to accomplish, exercise will become a mere option that you will be tempted to skip due to feeling overwhelmed. But if it’s in the top 3, you will be very likely to do it. Besides, working out will give you energy to check off more of your to-do’s.
#5. Try Different Workouts
The more you love something, the more likely you will stick with it. I personally love running; you don’t have to say it twice to send me out for a run. But when it comes to weight lifting, you will have to do a lot of convincing and I will still likely try to skip it.
Different styles of workouts fit different personalities and bodies. Try different classes at the gym. Pick and choose from various yoga classes – there are so many to choose from. Try HIIT, CrossFit, TRX and weight lifting. Try different cardio, including running, swimming and biking.
Okay, you don’t have to try everything, but realize that you have so many choices. There are millions of different free workout videos on youtube, not to mention all the paid programs as well. Give everything a fair shot, but if it still doesn’t resonate with you after few weeks, try a new activity. You may want to try a new trainer or coach, because a lot depends on if they are the right fit for you.
#6. Try Different Times To Work Out
Some people love going to the gym at 4am before work, others enjoy working out in the evening, while some prefer lunch time workout breaks. It all depends on your personality as well as your daily schedule. I personally have a hard time working out very early and in college I had difficulties when we had 6am cross country practice, while my good friend absolutely loves her 5am runs. Find out what works for you.
#7. Hire A Trainer
You may need an extra boost of motivation. You may not know where to begin working out. You may want personalized plans and proven results. This is what personal trainers, athletic coaches and personal, one-on-one fitness, yoga, pilates and other classes are for. They will create a plan for you that is specific to your personal goals and will be there to support you along the way. Nowadays you can hire personal trainers online or through an app to get help virtually.
#8. Get Support
Tell your friends and family about your plans. Ask for support. Join workout groups and make new workout friends. Group exercise classes, yoga studios and CrossFit are sort of a given, but you can find running, cycling, swimming and other groups online on MeetUp or Facebook too. If your friends are not into it, post for a workout buddy at your local gym, health food stores, cafes, churches, other community boards or online forums. You may want to join a Facebook or other online workout group for extra accountability support.
#9. Check Your Mindset
Look at your limiting belief regarding working out. Perhaps someone made fun of you in gym class, perhaps you are embarrassed to go to a gym at your current weight, perhaps you think you are too old, or perhaps you believe it is too late to start. Let me tell you, these are all limiting beliefs coming from fear and self-doubt. Drop that BS, please!
You are never too old, too young, too big, too small, too unhealthy, too uncoordinated, too slow, too inflexible, too anything to workout. It is never too late to start. Journaling, tapping, meditation and positive self-talk can really help change your core beliefs and your mindset. A life coach, health coach or therapist can also help you with that. And in case you think working out is a chore, change your mindset and realize that it is part of self-care.
#10. Get Some New Workout Clothes
Working out is not about what you wear, but some workout clothes that you feel happy and comfortable in can sure make a difference. You don’t want to be wearing uncomfortable sports bras, shorts that don’t fit right, socks full of holes or cotton shirts that get drenched with sweat. You don’t have to spend thousands on them, you can find gems on the sale racks, at stores like TJ Maxx and at second hand stores for cheap.
Have you ever lost your workout mojo? How did you get it back? If you are currently trying to get back to exercising, what steps are you making to create a consistent routine? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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