Coach Jess here and we are back with another #feelgoodfriday. This week we are going to get you fired up for your workout! But first let us paint the picture.....
The cold air drifts through your house as your feet hit the floor after a restful night of sleep. You get up, start your normal routine, put on your workout clothes and head out to your garage, down to your basement, or maybe into the spare room where your gym equipment lives. You are alone, unmotivated and cold. While your discipline has gotten you to show up, your mind is still not fully convinced that this is what your body needs right now.
How are you going to turn this around and show up for you and only you?
Tip #1: Get to know your workout personality! Who were you when you stepped onto the field when you played sports? If you do not have an athletic background, Who are you when you are doing something you love? Are you confident, focused and full of joy? Most people like to do things that they are good at. If you don’t feel like you are good at working out yet, that is okay! Keep showing up as that best version of yourself and be open to getting to know the athlete within you.
Tip #2: Make a list of things you enjoy about working out and positive exercise memories. You can recall a positive workout or an exercise you love to do. This will light up your brain with feel good vibes and get you in the zone for your workout.
Tip #3: Reframing exercise to be a reward not a punishment. Remember in elementary school being so pumped for recess? Tap into that child-like side of yourself that just wants to play. Look at your gym space as an adult playground. Your workout is a time to play, be free and be that inner child that is dying to come out and play.
Tip #4: Turn up the music! MUSIC MAKES YOU LOSE CONTROL. Not sure what to do in between sets and programmed rest times? DANCE!!! Finding new music and songs to up level your workout will bring a fresh energy to your workout.
Tip #5: Accountability! That is why we are here. Having a coach that is writing your workouts, checking what you did and holding you accountable with weekly check-ins will help you to keep showing up.
Tip #6: Invite a friend, family member or your kids to join you! As we are heading into “Refer a friend” in March this is a great time to step out of your comfort zone and ask that mom in preschool pick up who you say hey to, does she like to workout? ASK! Reach out to that coworker that seems in shape if he/she would be up for a hike? Put it out to the universe that you are open to finding a workout buddy. It could even be someone in your circle that can join you for a workout in person once a week. Having a friend to do an occasional workout with is a secret ingredient to staying accountable.
Tip #7: Celebrate your wins. When you complete a set or hit a PR, celebrate it. Buy yourself that new pair of running shoes you have had your eye on for hitting your mile time goal. Add another piece of equipment to your gym for showing up to train consistently for 3 weeks. Giving yourself permission to reward and congratulate yourself for all the hard work you have been putting in and out of the gym will continue to form these positive exercise memories that you can call on when you feel unmotivated or tired from life.
Tip #8: Give yourself grace that not every workout will be perfect. It is okay to have an off day and just because you have an off day, week or even month with your workouts does not mean it will be like that forever. It is normal to feel waves of motivation. Do not stop just because it gets uncomfortable or you find yourself in a funk. Try to pinpoint what is causing the lack of motivation and rewrite the internal story you are telling yourself.
Recall tips 1-8 and mix things up to give you a fresh perspective on your routine. We are here to support you through the ups and downs of your life and remind you that you are only one workout away from a good mood!