Fall Back In Love with Working Out!
#1 Respect your body.
Are you a new mom? You know what it’s like to have life throw a big wrench in your well-oiled fitness routine. Despite having worked out throughout your pregnancy, after giving birth you may find you have lost all motivation
#2 Don’t compare your routine to someone else’s.
Maybe you’re hustling at the gym and aren’t seeing the same results as your friend who barely remembers to pack her sneakers. Maybe you had a busy few months at work and put on a few extra pounds while your co-worker somehow found time to get ripped at the nearby boutique fitness studio.
#3 Commit to something—literally.
Every time you find yourself on a fitness “hiatus” its time to consider re-committing to something timebound. Join a challenge, start a new program, or sign up for a race that requires you to train you have a goal on the horizon, it gives you laser-focus on committing to meet that goal (especially if it’s something you had to pay for, like a race or a challenge).
#4 Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
It’s kind of like therapy—sometimes you can’t do it alone. The same goes for getting out of this exercise lull. If you’ve been doing the same boring AF workouts for who knows how long at this point, it might be time to bring in some backup.
#5 Buy new workout clothes.
Find new reasons to love your body or buy new clothes that make you feel confident. Falling in love with something like new high waisted can give you the extra push she needs to get moving postpartum or after a long break.
#6 Switch up your environment.
If the thought of slogging it on the treadmill makes you want to do just about anything BUT work out, why not take your miles outside? Finding ways to make workouts feel more like play and less like “exercise” will change your perspective.
#7 Know when to push yourself.
Ask yourself why you’re talking yourself out of workouts or have started to dread them. If you are overtrained and exhausted, don't beat yourself up if you are exhausted and would rather take a nap, but know that it’s also good to push yourself sometimes.
#8 Get uncomfortable.
Complacency is the fast track to boredom. If you’ve been doing the same workout for months and stopped seeing the changes that got you into it in the first place, it’s time for a change. Try something new! Get uncomfortable or learn a new sport. Find joy and excitement in new chapters, new beginnings, and new goals!
#9 Join a team.
If fitness feels like a drag on your social life or the idea of training for a race sounds like the loneliest way to work out, consider joining a team. Think: intramural, adult league sports or fitness classes.
#10 Stop exercising.
OK, hear us out. Falling back in love with movement is simple, you just need to stop exercising and training and instead start moving and playing.