Recently I have totally lost all of my motivation for going to the gym and working out: It’s affecting me not only physically – but mentally too. As you all know, I went to the gym consistently for over a year and used it as one of my main therapies for my Mental Health. It was liberating. If I was having a ‘down’ day, I would go to the gym and work up a sweat, and come home feeling like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Exercising really is a vital part of life, personally, I believe this is the case for everyone. Long walks, running, hitting the gym, going to an exercise class or maybe just doing something simple at home: It is so important that we make time for it. It’s really hit me like a ton of bricks lately just how crucial it is.
It’s a Friday morning and I thought to myself: What better way to start my day than writing a post to try and motivate myself AND others? So I’m going to share a list of positive things that can keep you motivated when working out or simply to keep you in the mind set of wanting to do so! So here we go:
TAKING PROGRESS PICTURES
Personally, I find it fruitful to take pictures before/after workouts. It’s good to look back at yourself and notice the small changes. I once read a quote stating: “Once you begin to notice progress it becomes an addiction”. And that is how it was for me – for a while. I want to get back in to that again. Taking pictures and sharing them on social media sometimes helps too – people give you confidence boosts and encourage you and acknowledge your efforts which only makes you want to continue your hard work! Alternatively, take progress pictures, purely for yourself. Make a wee folder on your laptop, phone etc. and fill it with photos of yourself. I promise you it helps. Here’s one of me that I want to share to keep me motivated – this was from my holiday a few months ago!
Set yourself small goals and build upon them. Don’t push yourself. At the moment, my goal is just to get my ass to the gym, whatever else I do when I’m there will simply be a bonus. Every time I go, I’ll try and push myself that little bit further, until I can get back in to it properly again. You can set yourself mental goals, you can write a list, keep a diary, get a programme at the gym or you can do what I’m doing and publish them on social media – to try and help you stick at it. Your goals are YOURS. Make them feasible and work your way through them at your own pace.
FIND A GYM BUDDY / WORKOUT PARTNER
So you want to go out a walk/run, head to the gym, attend an exercise class or join a fitness club of some sort but you feel insecure and nervous: Find yourself a lovely fellow to take along with you! When I first started going to the gym, I took my counsellor/therapist with me because my Mental Health was really bad at the time, after a while I found a friend who would come along with me until I eventually built up the courage and confidence to go along myself. Sometimes having someone there with you makes all the difference and it feels more social rather than ‘a workout’. And I guess you just don’t feel so alone.
You can find inspiration in a number of ways: Jot down some quotes, find pictures of people you aspire to be like, watch videos of other people doing workouts that perhaps you would like to try, have a specific person in mind that has a great mind frame and workout plan – anything at all. Inspiration is all around you. As a writer, I am always aware of my surroundings, and often find myself taking notes down frequently (in my notebook, on my hand, on my phone – anywhere at all), I also ask questions a lot too and research things. Inspiration is everywhere; use it to your advantage lovelies!
Ok…This one might just be a personal thing but I always feel like when I have new clothes I want to wear them and show them off a little. Just me? If I go out and buy myself a new wee pair of gym leggings or a nice new workout top: I’m going to want to wear it. So I put it on. Suddenly I’m in the mind set of wanting to go and workout because I’m in my gym gear. Happy days.
LISTENING TO UPBEAT MUSIC
Again, another personal thing. When I’m at the gym, I tend to put my earphones in, stick on something upbeat and motivating and it helps to keep me in the zone. I like to listen to songs with a right good bass to try and keep my spirits up when I’m exercising (the only thing is, when I’m listening to loud music and working out, I always worry that I’m breathing too loud or making strange noises ha ha, please say it isn’t just me)?
To be honest: I could go on forever listing things to try and motivate myself – and other people – but I’m going to stop here. There is 6 things to keep you going for the foreseeable and perhaps if you guys like it then I will do another post a few weeks/months down the line and share some more propitious suggestions for you lovely lot. Let me know what you all think. Was this beneficial to you at all? Have you took something away from this post? Could you relate? I’d love to hear from you.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Charlene McElhinney Xo
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