By: Julia Buckley
You started the year off right! You went to the gym and worked out just like your resolutions said. But now it’s February and life is getting in the way again. So, if you’re finding lacing up your exercise shoes tougher by the day, it’s time to rekindle those fires and make sure you keep smashing out those workouts!
Here are five tips from top trainer, Julia Buckley, to get you back on track.
- Re-Tune Your Motivation
When people tell me they’re no longer driven to work out, I get them to remember their original reasons for starting their exercise regime. Maybe you wanted to lose weight, see muscles on your body, have more energy, look great for summer, or simply get healthier? Most likely there were lots of reasons. Revisit them now. Do you still want to achieve those things? If so, congrats, you still have motivation! It’s just a matter of tuning into those reasons and remembering them when you need to.
- Do It Anyway
This really is the key to long term success. Nobody feels totally pumped to train every single session and one of the reasons so many people fall off the “February Fitness Cliff” is they think they need to feel energized in order to exercise, and they’re not prepared for days when that feeling is not there. So, you need to expect that sometimes you just won’t feel like working out and be prepared to simply do it anyway. Chances are, once you get started you’ll feel more motivated to carry on, but even if this isn’t the case, you know you’ll be so glad you did it afterwards.
- Invest in the Habit Bank
After you’ve accepted you’re sometimes going to need to exercise on those days when you don’t feel driven, think about those sessions as investing in a habit that makes continuing easier. There are probably lots of things you do every day that you don’t feel like doing but still do because they’re a habitual part of your day. Brushing your teeth isn’t exactly an exciting activity, for example, but most of us do it without excuses creeping in to try to talk us out of it, it’s just such an ingrained habit. Think about how much easier it’ll be to get into your fitness routine once you’ve been doing it every training day for months.
- Time to Plan
This is a biggie. So many people start exercising in January by simply going out and starting to run, buying a fitness DVD, or joining a gym without formulating a proper plan to get them to where they want to be. It’s no wonder they get bored or go off-course by Spring – they don’t even have a road-map. A well-devised, progressive program will help keep things fresh and make sure you’re doing the right type of training to keep moving closer to where you want to be.
- Exercise First, Be Inspired Later
Get used to the idea that you need exercise first and the inspiration will come after. After a few weeks of exercising, whether you feel inclined or not, you’ll come to realize that the more you work out, the more driven you are to exercise. The less excited you feel, the more important it is to keep it up so you’ll want to train next time. So, if you lack a spark, let that BE your motivation. Crack this one and think what sort of shape you’ll be in for summer!
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Julia Buckley is a fitness trainer and writer based in London, England. For more advice, check out her new book The Fat Burn Revolution and/or her YouTube videos. If you’d like to train with Julia, join her online fitness club. Her latest program, Challenge XXX, features a different fat-torching, body-sculpting workout video every day of the 30-day challenge. You can also follow Julia on Twitter and Pinterest.