I’ve been there…not motivated to go to the gym and workout.
In my head I’m thinking: “I know it’s good for me, but I just don’t feel like going right now. I’ll go tomorrow.”
Sometimes a thought like this is actually good, so we can recover effectively. However, often times we’re just being soft and lazy. Before you know it, this pattern of “pushing your workout to tomorrow” might happen more and more, and eventually develop into a poor habit.
Before you know it, you and I stop going completely, and that’s not good!
An awesome way I’ve found to keep that fire and motivation in me to keep working out and training is setting a goal for myself to move toward.
It could be anything, as long as it connects with you and gets you fired-up to workout.
I’ve found performance goals, like doing 100 push-ups nonstop or running a mile in less than 10 minutes, gets me more excited than losing “x” amount of pounds or being at this particular body fat. Those goals are important and work for a lot of people, but I’ve found that you’ll often do action that is consistent with those goals if your main goal is on performance.
This way, at least for me, gives me more intense workouts and allows me to progress much more rapidly because my goal is more interactive than just looking at a scale.
For instance, a recent goal I’ve made for myself is to deadlift 500 pounds by the end of November. I can’t tell you how much more excited I am to go to the gym and move closer to 500.
As I workout, I can see the increase in weight I put on the bar, and feel the progress as I start to rep more reps. This makes my workouts fun and exciting because I can literally feel and see my progress, as opposed to wondering if I’m doing anything to make the scale look good.
I can personally tell you that my workouts have been so much better, with increased intensity and progress that gets me so excited that I literally can’t wait to come back and work some more.
The reason is because I picked a goal that ignited an excitement and an eagerness inside of me that makes me want to go to the gym instead of dreading it.
I encourage you to do the same thing.
It doesn’t have to be deadlifting or squatting, but anything that gets you going. It could be running a 5k , or benching 225 pounds for reps. The point is to pick something that excites you, write it down, and go!
And, believe me, I get that life happens, you’ve got problems, and a lot of responsibility on your shoulders that takes you away from your desired fitness and overall health goals. And, you know what, 99% of us have the same things going on, so we’re not usually so unique in that area.
A way I’ve found that helps resolve this issue with the stresses of life is to have more structure in your life by cutting out the negative and adding positive action with clear priorities.
For example, fooling around on your phone by scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or watching YouTube videos is not a priority. If you have free time and that’s what you choose to do then go ahead. Enjoy yourself, and I believe there is nothing wrong with that.
But, if you know and feel you could be investing your time in something that needs to be done that’s important to you (often times it’s something we are procrastinating or putting off) then try to do that thing right then and there. It doesn’t necessarily have to be working out, but just something productive in your life that helps you improve and get better.
As you do more of this, you’ll start to develop more discipline that will institute greater structure in your life that will allow you to have more “free time” to do more things you want to do, such as playing a round of golf, hanging out with your friends, having a movie night with your girl, and, of course, working out and training more with greater intensity.
Setting clear priorities will help you in this regard, so that’s the best place to start.
After you have your priorities set, you do positive and proactive action that helps protect those priorities, which involve your health and fitness, and, ultimately, how often you workout or train.
Obviously, it’s easier said than done, so that’s why we all need to reinforce this structure and our priority list on a daily basis, so we develop good productive habits. This will help you and I give our health and fitness the time it deserves, by being physically active often, eating right, sleeping better, and living an overall healthy lifestyle.
So, let’s review…
First, think of a fitness goal that gets you excited and write it down — literally.
This goal should follow the SMART acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound) and connect with you and what you are trying to achieve and become fitness wise (as in gaining muscle, getting stronger, losing weight, improving endurance, etc.).
Next, do a quick audit of the things that might get in the way or distract you from that goal.
I would recommend by first starting with the things that aren’t necessary and dear to you, like your family and job, and cutting out or finding ways you can reduce time on those activities that don’t support your goal.
Common things to reduce or eliminate is time spent on: social media, watching TV, partying, web surfing, negative people, depressing music, and the like.
Following that, write down set weekly times that you will workout or train to accomplish your fitness goal.
From there, you just got to show up and do the work. Be consistent, and before you know it, you’ll be progressing and be getting closer to accomplishing your goal!
This, in turn, will continue that motivation and commitment.
With that said, what do you think about gym motivation and structure?
Tell me your thoughts by commenting down below.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading.
And!!! Stay tuned because I’ll be releasing my Lean Muscle Building program during the first week of October!!!
Thanks again, and talk to ya next time.
Be strong and be you!!