I went to the gym yesterday and noticed it wasn't nearly as crowded as the first two weeks of the month. I see the same scene every year. The first few weeks the treadmills are full, Central Park is full with joggers, and the lines at Whole Foods seem to be longer than usual. Towards the end of January and beginning of February, things tend to drop off because people's motivation dwindles. Some started out too intense and couldn't keep up. Others set their expectations too high and are disappointed they couldn't keep up with their high ambitions of eating better or exercising more. Others are giving up entirely because they may have started something without understanding the whole purpose (ketogenic diet, anyone?).
Where are you with your goals you set this year?
I find it interesting that so many people make their workouts dependent on whether they're motivated. And, in fact, that's where the issue lies. Let me explain:
As I checked in with a client last week, she was remarking how easy it was for her to eat clean. She had lost a few pounds, her digestion was finally regular and her bloat had disappeared. She didn’t even feel tempted by any of her old trigger foods. When I asked her how her workouts were going she said: “Well, that’s a different story. I just haven’t been that motivated to work out.”
BOOM! The magic word: MOTIVATION.
I can’t tell you how often I hear this kind of answer. And, I have to admit, i’ve used this explanation myself in the past many times. I’m sure, you’ve used this yourself, haven’t you?
When my clients talk about not feeling motivated, it almost sounds like they are sitting on the couch and waiting for this grandiose spark of joy to overcome them that makes them go: “Oh my god, i get to work out! I can’t wait. This is the best part of my day!”
Instead we get into a debate with our own thoughts about whether we should or shouldn’t work out when we know exactly that we need to do it to see change.
The next time you find yourself in an argument with yourself about whether to work out or not, give me a minute to convince you that you don’t need to be motivated to work out.
Are you ready?
#1: I don’t feel like it today. Of course you can skip your workout, but is that going to make your body change? Is it going to energize you? Is it making you feel accomplished mentally? Do you feel like NOT changing? Ok, so then there’s no alternative to working out, is there?
#2: I need the rest! If you really need the rest and show signs of stress, skip it. But, chances are a 5-minute mini workout will energize you and not stress you.
#3: You’re dreading putting your workout clothes on and the whole production: Think about how good you feel when you’re done. Don’t you feel soooo good when you’re done? Don’t you love that sense of accomplishment when you finished something hard or challenging? Doesn’t it change the way you go about your day? Doesn’t it change how you feed your body and take care of yourself?
#4: If you’re thinking that you don’t have energy, do know that workouts are energizing. Isn’t your energy so much better AFTER a workout than before? If you want more energy, you need to move. Sitting around on the couch won’t increase your energy, but drain it. Also, eating lots of food when you’re tired is only going to make you feel more sluggish. So, when you don’t have energy, the solution is to move!
#5: You don’t need to be motivated to do anything! Think about how many things you’ve done today without being motivated: brushed your teeth, went to work, cleaned the apartment, did the laundry, did grocery shopping… Some things we just have to do, so I suggest you add ‘workouts’ to that category and stop asking yourself if you’re motivated or not. If we only did the things we are motivated to do, nothing would ever get done.
So, Nike had it right when they came up with the slogan: “Just do it”. You already know what you have to do to feel better, so let’s skip the mental debate and go right into action mode. Are you game?
As for my client, after our discussion, she sent me an email a few days later, asking me if it was too much to do the workouts every day. She was feeling the effects of the 6-minute workout, loved the short band workout routines and she was hooked. I love when my clients can get out of their own way.
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