Sometimes working out is the last thing you want to do, especially in winter. When motivation wanes, use these tactics to get moving.
Tweak your training
When you’re not in the mood to work out, doing your usual training session or running your normal route can all seem unbearably tedious. To overcome monotony, make sure you regularly switch up your exercise routine to include different types of training. It will eliminate boredom and keep your body guessing.
Drag the GF along
Working out with others means you’re less likely to skip your next training session. Training with your partner or a mate can also make exercise more enjoyable, motivating you to keep up the good work and giving you a chance to chew the fat while you burn it.
Put your kit on
Simply putting on your workout clothes can drastically change your motivation, mindset and mood. If you’re tempted to skip a workout, put your favourite gym clothes on. Workout gear that makes you feel good can also help you train harder, according to a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Turn up the music
Music is a powerful mood enhancer that can push you harder while you’re working out. Upbeat, fast-paced tracks with inspiring lyrics can help to motivate you and put you in the mood to train, while frequently updating your playlist and adding new songs can boost motivation.
Set realistic goals
Don’t let missing one workout be the catalyst for missing a whole week of training. Being realistic about what you want to achieve is key; when you start seeing results, you’ll be inspired to work out more and as a result stay committed to your training plan. There’s no harm in setting yourself a big target, but break it down into smaller goals.
Drink at least 500ml of water before you train. Proper hydration removes that heavy feeling in your muscles that can slow you down. Don’t think you need it? Consider this: your body goes through over 10 million biochemical reactions a second, all of which are reliant on adequate hydration. That’s thirsty work.