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I went to the gym today as part of my normal routine. I attend two consecutive classes three 3 times a week because
this works best for my schedule. I made it through the cardio class ok, but when it came time to prepare for the strength/flexibility class I just wasn’t feeling it. So….I packed up my stuff and drove home.
Hmm, that does not sound very inspiring now, does it? Well, I guess I should qualify this decision by saying I am usually a very motivated exerciser. In fact, exercise has always come easier for me than controlling my food. But today, my body just was not feeling it, so I called it a day.
For me, a significant part of the weight journey has been learning to listen to my body and take cues from it.
With food, I am learning to become more attune to real signs of hunger, as well as, those times when my body needs more or less food. Likewise, with exercise I need to know when my body is telling me to slow down.
Actually, dealing with the exercise element can be a little harder. Primarily because some of us may never really “feel” like exercising. For this reason, I came up with a checklist for those days when the sun doesn’t appear to be shining on your exercise goals.
Motivation Sappers For Exercise
When you feel you are lacking the energy or motivation to carry through with your exercise goals. Ask yourself these questions?
- Have I struggled with similar motivation issues in the last 7 days?
- Have I been getting enough sleep?
- Have I been remembering to drink water?
- Have I been restricting my calories too much?
- Have I picked the wrong time of day to exercise?
- For a woman, am I currently on menstruating?
If you regularly suffer from the same lack of motivation, then this is likely a “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” kind of moment. You need more gym time instead of less. For some of us, exercise falls more into the category of necessary tasks, like brushing your teeth and going to the bathroom. You may not have the time or inclination, but your body will suffer if you neglect it.
You Need Social Motivation
Join Some Type Of Group Exercise Activity To Increase Motivation
I find that I am much more motivated in a group, so I do most of my exercise in a group setting. A group setting increases motivation for several reasons.
- You generally have to pay something for group classes or organized sports. If you don’t attend, then you are wasting your money.
- This setting feeds the competitive element. While you may not be competing one-on-one, group classes motivate you to at least keep up with your peers for face saving.
- On the same line, you will often push yourself more if you have a teacher and a specified class time.
- If you have joined an organized sport, then you let your team mates down when you don’t attend.
- Group classes add a social element that you don’t get when exercising alone.
- Even adding one additional person (for walking or biking) makes the time go by faster.
If your problem is just lack of motivation, it’s time to find someone else to exercise with.
I’ll be talking about the next five motivation sappers over the coming weeks. Get out there and move that body!
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