Let’s face it. Going to the gym isn’t always the easiest item on our to-do list. Pealing yourself away from Pinterest, turning off Bravo, and getting your fanny in gear can feel akin to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Can we just do nothing? Please?! Ok, we’re going overboard here, it’s really not that bad. Once you get moving and feel that first bead of sweat roll down your brow you’re actually pretty pumped to be getting your workout it, even if it took some major self-discipline to make it happen.
But in all fairness, it does take pretty powerful motivation to get going some days. So, why is it so agonizing to think about getting your workout in? Chances are, you could have hooked yourself into a few habits that are making your time before, during and after your workout feel not so rewarding. If you see yourself in any of these descriptions, think about adjusting your routine to cut them out. You’ll thank yourself!
Hey, it happens! We all get tied up doing one thing or another. But, how does this affect your workouts? Let’s talk about a few familiar instances where rushing totally ruined your gym sesh. How about that time you forgot your headphones or iPod and had to listen to the corporate approved tunes pumping through the gym speakers? Or that one time you forgot to pack your bra and had to wear your soiled sports bra the entire day at work? Bleh. Look, these are first world problems. But try and take my iPod or favorite running socks away from me and I’ll go berserk! Don’t be your own worst enemy. Get your things in order before heading out. Creating a checklist that you keep in your gym bag works wonders for making sure you don’t forget critical items – like your hair tie.
Proper Sports Nutrition
We don’t just mean cutting all the junk out of your diet, although, that works wonders for your energy levels. What we mean when we talk about proper sports nutrition, is taking care of your body’s additional needs beyond basic nutrition. Athletes (yes, we can call ourselves athletes!) put their bodies through more stress than a regular Joe. Reward those hard working muscles with much needed supplements! We can’t get everything we need from food alone. So, basics like protein shakes, BCAAs, L-glutamine and a multi-vitamin are a great place to start if you’re just getting into this arena.
There are a few things you need to do before stepping one foot outside your door. First, make sure your clothes are comfortable. This may seem like a no brainer, but surely you’ve jumped on a treadmill then realized your shirt chafes the living heck out of your arms. Welp, looks like you’re cutting this workout short! Second, have a plan of action. Aimlessly walking around a sea of gym equipment is not an effective use of your time. Take a small notepad and write down the exercises you want to get in that day along with the reps and weights. This is a fantastic way to keep track of your strength training progress, too. Also, take a pre-workout. Most all of them have other ingredients besides an energy booster to help you throughout your workout. You’ll feel stronger and have energy to finish your strong!
Give it a Rest Already
Ok, so now the fun part. Take a day or two off every week. In the case of working out, more is not more. You’ll stunt your progress if you continually deliver a beating to your bod. We applaud your dedication, but give it a rest! Another good tip? Natural sleep remedies like melatonin will help in your muscle recovery. The better quality sleep you get the more healing your body is doing. This is especially important if you work out at night. It can be difficult to fall asleep when you have that much energy.
Staying motivated comes in waves. Some weeks we feel like we should start a fitness inspired Instagram account and others? Well, let’s just say a food blog would be more appropriate. But setting yourself up, preparing and taking care of your body will go a long way in motivating you to keep working toward those goals!