Keep your motivation in the gym! Let’s face it there are times where we just don’t feel like working out whether it’s a physical factor, mental fatigue, personal reasons etc… We’ve all been there. We have all battled days when you just don’t have it. The key is to remind yourself of the reason why you showed up to the gym in the first place. We all have goals that we set out on a journey to accomplish and sometimes there are roadblocks that jump in our way preventing us from staying the course. We’re here to tell you don’t panic, help is on the way. Here are some keys to live by.
Key 1 – Frame IT
Using a picture of when you were at your best physical condition or using a picture of someone who inspires you as a screensaver on your phone provides a constant reminder of what your goal is. You have no choice but to see it every day as a reminder of the task at hand. No matter how far you are from reaching that goal every day presents a step closer so keep pushing.
Key 2 – Turn UP
Music is an essentially component of life because it gets us going. We all have those songs that we would categorize as “soundtracks” to our life. Try creating playlists for different days so you don’t put your workouts on repeat with the same old songs every day. For example leg day might require a little more from your music this week, so pick the top 10-15 songs you know will provide that extra gear and line it up. Then the following workout, create another playlist adding 10-15 more songs that will keep you going.
Key 3 – Variety is KEY
There’s a popular saying that goes something like, “change your workouts, you change your body.” It is so true. Mixing things up will allow your body to stay guessing as to what’s coming next. We all know that Monday is “International Chest Day” celebrated in every gym. So why not throw a curveball and invert your routine days to add a little spice and confusion. We are creatures of habit and doing the same workouts on the same days starts to become more and more like a job, which can bring on lack of interest. Just think, if you watch the same movie every Friday at 5pm it will eventually get to the point where you tune it out. Create a rotation for the 7 day week and you will find yourself not going through the motions one bit when Monday or any day comes around.
Key 4 – Track IT
Everyone love the feeling of setting a PR. It’s rewarding and it lets you know that progress is being made. Tracking your progress from your measurements, body fat, lifts, weight and more, will prompt you to stay focus on getting better and allow you to make any adjustments towards your goal. If you have a fitness journal or even an app, make sure you record your workouts periodically and you might even amaze yourself with the amount of progress you have made. You can go as far as recording certain lifts to make sure your form is correct and look for any little flaws in training. It can help you stay in stride and even humble yourself when you think you know it all.
Use these 4 keys if you’re new to the gym or if you feel youare lagging behind and on the verge of giving up. Try them and your MOJO will thank you!
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