Recently I lost my mojo a bit. Although I was still training regularly, I really lost motivation with my diet. This is completely normal and it happens to everyone but it is still really hard to fight back from when you are normally so consistent and strict. It's so important to know that it happens to everyone no matter what you see on social media. Although I think social media can have really positive effects on motivation and you can even meet new friends with the same interests via social media nowadays, people do definitely show you only what they want you to see. But no one is perfect and everyone has their bad days/weeks/months and that's why I wanted to share with you my top tips for getting your motivation back
Whether you've fallen off track with your diet over the Easter break, or you have been too busy to make time to go to the gym... whatever the reason, there are ways you can bounce back with more motivation than ever and ready to smash your goals again. Here are my favourite tips to get your mojo back:
1) Try something new
This might seem obvious, but it is so important to regularly change up your workout. It's too easy to stay in the same routine for months and months on end and, unfortunately, this will lead to a plateau in your results which will leave you feeling demotivated and unhappy. Instead, when you start to get bored with your current gym routine just try a new workout e.g. a short HIIT circuit instead of heavy weight lifting or try a new form of exercise such as boxing or pilates/yoga.
2) Relax I find one of the best ways to get motivated again is by taking a week off completely. This can actually be quite daunting if you are used to training 5-6 times per week, but you have to remember that you won't lose your months of hard work in one week. Taking a break from training allows not only your body to recover but it also allows your mind to relax and unwind. In this rest week you should still eat sensibly but enjoy spending time with friends and loved ones without being too strict or harsh on yourself. When you get back in the gym after your week off, you will feel refreshed and ready to smash your new goals.
3) Set new goals
This brings me to my next point - setting new goals. It's important to note here that your goals don't need to be huge or unrealistic. In fact, it can be a lot more achievable to set smaller goals more regularly. For example, if your goal is weight loss, it is better to set a realistic smaller goal of losing 1kg in a month rather than a hard goal of losing 4kg in a month. As these smaller goals are easier to achieve, you won't be left feeling unmotivated by not achieving them which you may when you set larger goals.
4) Buy new gym clothes
Now this might not work for everyone, but it sure as hell does for me! When I buy new gym clothes, I want to wear them! And what better place to wear them then actually in the gym (except out for brunch in Bondi of course). My personal favourites are bright coloured/patterned sports bras or leggings. But if I had more money I would definitely buy new trainers... this is a sure-fire way to want to go for a run or get in the gym!
5) Train with a friend
The best way to learn new exercises or try a new gym routine is to go to the gym with a friend. Not only might they train in a different way to you normally, they will also be able to motivate and push you. Training until failure can be daunting on your own but with a friend you will have nothing to worry about because they will be there to help you. HIIT workouts are always great with a partner too because it is so easy to give up when they get tough - a friend will keep pushing you until the end of that gruelling circuit and, whilst you might hate them at the time, you'll love them once you've finished. So get in touch with a friend you know enjoys working out and schedule a gym date (and perhaps a coffee/breakfast after)!
I hope my tips can help those of you struggling with motivation after the Easter weekend or just those struggling in general. If you want any tips or advice please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org!