Having a little trouble finding the energy you need to get those workouts kicked off? Well, worry no longer. You don’t need to do anything too major to make significant improvements to your motivation. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to get yourself into the groove and up for the effort.
The right message
Start your workout with the right message. Simple statements of what you want to achieve, and confidence-increasing affirmations and mantras might seem like a simplistic idea. However, it’s been well demonstrated that repeating a message aloud to yourself, repeatedly over time, helps that message sink in and helps you genuinely believe it as time goes on. It might feel strange talking to yourself at first, but you’re going to find that it makes a significant improvement on your mindset.
The right munchies
You need fuel for your workout, and if you start getting hungry during your exercise, it can quickly turn from hunger to hanger and can make you feel exhausted all the sooner. Make sure that you eat a decent breakfast, lunch or dinner sometime before your workout (whatever time of day you have it) and bring some granola bars or other healthy, energy-fuelled snacks to keep you going. Don’t forget the importance of hydration when working out as well. Bring copious amounts of water and take little sips as often as you need.
The right mood
Have you had a falling out with your fitness routine? Simply not feeling up for it? They do say that laughter is the best medicine and these funny gym memes can certainly show the truth of that. Laughter releases the same neurotransmitters that exercise does, which not only improves your mood but staves off the sensation of pain, letting you push yourself when you might not originally feel up to it. Some people find it a little distracting but listening to a stand-up routine or a comedy podcast can make a legitimate difference to your workouts.
The right music
If you have no problem getting started but you have problems keeping up with your routine as they go on, then you need something that can more easily keep you in the mood. You need to get into “the zone” and nothing works better for that than a workout playlist. It’s a distraction, first of all, taking your mind off the natural aches of exercise. But more than that, your body naturally keeps rhythm with the music, so if you’re listening to upbeat, high tempo tracks, you’re like to work harder and push further without even really realizing it.
Keeping your motivation up is key when working up. Not only does it help you stick to your routine for longer, but it helps you feel the strain less and improves the results see. A positive mood makes it easier for your body to release the endorphins that help you power through the tough bits so make sure you’re in the right mindset before you strap on that headband.