The hardest thing about getting fit is wanting to get fit. Sure, the first three days of getting out in the cold and going for a run are fine, as are the first few times you do Charlotte Crosby’s DVD or even the first two gym visits. But after that, wow, it’s like your motivation to look after yourself wanes faster than the public’s confidence in politicians. You start to let your routine evaporate and, before you know it, your hopes of working out four times a week have turned into thinking about exercise four times a week.
Now, chances are, you’ve tried everything you can think of to get your mojo back. But that doesn’t mean you have thought of everything. So, without further ado, here is a list of creative ways you can get back into the groove and start working toward your goals again.
- Stop Washing Your Hair
We know this sounds pretty drastic, but that’s where we’re at right. We’re at the crossroads where drastic measures are needed. Alas, from now on, only wash your hair after you’ve worked out, been for a run or done that exercise DVD. Trust us, the ridicule of your colleagues will spur you.
- Something Shiny & New
Can you remember what it was like getting a new dress or pair of soccer boots or ballet pumps as a child; you didn’t want to take them off. You loved them that much you would sleep in them. Well, why not bring that feeling back by buying yourself some nice, shiny, new track and field uniforms to go park running in, or get yourself some of the amazing Mahara sportswear to feel enlightened and positive or just a new pair of trainers to hit the treadmill in. Little things like this can work wonders.
- You’ll Regret It
One of the hardest emotions any of us can live with is regret. Oh, man, that thing will eat you alive and make your skin crawl. Our advice: use this to your advantage. The next time you’re feeling like you want to skip a workout, ask yourself if you will regret it in any way. Do that and you’ll find the little voice telling you to lace up gets a whole lot louder.
- Classes Spark Something
If you find it hard to get motivated to go to the gym, you’re not alone. So many people feel like this, which is why more and more people are choosing to sign up for classes and boutique fitness studios. Yeah, they’re a little more money than a gym, but you get so much more for your money, especially when you factor in the fact you never miss a class. Not just that, but you stick it out for the full 45 minutes too. Basically, what we’re saying is, there ain’t no comparison when it comes to which is more cost-effective.
- Magical Multitasking
One of the most recited reasons why people stop going to the gym is because they don’t have the time, and we get that. But if you’re not going because you promised yourself you would read more books in 2018, or because you want to boost your career through regular TED Talks, then you need to invest in some good headphones and couple the two tasks together. You’ll find you love going to the gym a load more if you get to listen to three chapters of anything by Zadie Smith.