Tips to stay motivated on days you don’t feel like working out Avinash Rajapet - Program Director & Head Trainer, Fitbee December 9, 2020

Tips to stay motivated on days you don’t feel like working out

Ever found yourself in a situation where you know you should workout, but your couch doesn’t permit you to get up and out? How can you persuade yourself to stay dedicated when your get-up-and-go abandons you? There are going to be days where you’ll find your motivation lagging, but pushing through those days is how you’ll always stay on top of your game. Here are a few tips that can keep you feeling fit and fabulous, and fight off the irresistible urge of staying in bed.

Repeating the same workout routine everyday can demotivate you, especially for beginners. The key is to mix things up from time to time. Your workouts should be a blend of multiple workout forms including kickboxing, functional and strength training. You can go opt to go for a scenic jog instead of the monotonous running on the treadmill. Mix your running sessions by doing a combination slow jogging, brisk walking and sprints.

Taking mini workout breaks is something you can do if the thought of a 30-40 minute session is overwhelming. This also helps you get a major productivity boost. If you are a beginner, you can also split your workout to do half a session in the morning and the rest in the evening.

Finding a workout buddy or a group of like-minded individuals will help you keep the motivation going. Due to Covid restrictions, while we cannot spontaneously meet our friends for a workout routine, setting up an online group (Whatsapp, Facebook etc.) will enable you to share your workouts, nutrition tips and tasty recipes with each other. You can also push each other to give it their best shot every day.You can also connect via Zoom and workout together from the safety of your home.

Another simple hack is to set a timer of 15 minutes for one part of your workout. When the timer goes off, it is likely that you’ll want to keep going and complete your whole workout routine. If not, you’ll definitely find yourself completing a majority of it. However, if you do stop, do not beat yourself up over it, or this psychological trick won’t work in the future.

To summarise, it is normal to have days when you feel the lack of enthusiasm for your daily workout. But if your mind continuously tells you “I simply cannot”, try these tips to get moving out and about anyway. This will release endorphins (the happy hormone) and lead you to having a better mindset towards your day. So let’s be positive and defeat the little devil called ‘lethargy’ which tries to come between you and your fitness goals!

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