If you stopped training during this period, you are not a unique case. The television, the altered routine, the stress… there are too many things that lead us astray. But we want an injection of adrenaline to give your motivation a fresh start and put you at your best level – both inside and outside the gym.
It is not a question of determination or simply wanting; and the reason you’re not training is not laziness, or weakness.
There are things that influence our behavior without our often being aware of it, but that does not mean they are out of our control. In fact, fortunately, they most likely do part of the things that it is possible, through awareness and action, to transform. And this is not just valid for exercise – they are applicable to any area of our life.
So, let’s see how to rekindle the motivation to return to the training regime and exercise.
Identifying crucial moments
We all know those moments – the second when we chose television instead of going to train.
Recognizing these moments is the first step to kick-start your training routine, because when you can identify them, you can try to understand why you make those decisions.
Discover the key moments when you decide not to go to train and become aware of them. On those occasions, think about your goals. Thinking in terms of long-term success and satisfaction instead of fleeting little pleasures will help you make better decisions. Remember your objective, set it in the moment and let it guide you in the right direction.
It is much more likely that we will make the right decision when we are able to relate it to a future goal, so this practice is important. And as much as there is no harm in the world if we dodge a workout from time to time, always remember that consistency is the key to success.
Change your inner dialogue
When we want to change a habit, the first thing to look at is our own mind. A determining factor is the inner dialogue – what we say in the privacy of our thoughts on a daily basis – because the way we think changes the way we behave and see reality.
This may be related to why you can’t get off the couch to go squat. Saying that we don’t feel like it, that it’s not worth it because we don’t have the ideal equipment, or that we don’t want to – are examples of how we focus on excuses for not doing so.
Instead, try to cultivate positive thoughts in your mind. Thoughts that encourage you to get off the couch to exercise. When it comes to finding motivation, the things that are part of our private monologues are one of the essential factors, but they cannot be given to us from outside – they can only come from you.
Our influences are part of us
The people around us influence us, even though it may go unnoticed: when you’re about to go sit-ups, your better half wants to watch TV with you; and how can you say “no”?
Well, you don’t need to say “no”, but you can identify the ways people move you away from your goals and refocus them to help you.
Ask them if they don’t want to accompany you on a workout, or use complete sincerity: tell them that, instead of watching television, you’d rather go exercise. Explain that it is something you would like to do and that your company would be welcome.
If it is not possible, it is not serious, but try to make other people a positive factor for your goals. Try to convince them, for example, to accompany you on a healthy diet. Having people in your immediate circle who contribute to your purposes, and not against them, is an aid to success.
They say that we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with, and this is even more true if we spend the whole day with these people, so work as a team with them on things that everyone can benefit from. p>
Pay attention to your environment
The third thing that influences us is the environment. Perhaps your situation at work or at home is preventing you from training. You may not have a suitable place to exercise. You may always have packages of cookies in your cupboard and you won’t be able to stop eating them.
Therefore, analyze your surroundings. Do you have the phone close by when boredom strikes? Does television distract you from training?
These are little things that have a powerful effect, and may be contributing to you not being able to improve your habits.
A list is a powerful way to rearrange the routine. Write a list of exercises you want to do every day and mark it as you go on doing it. If you look at the list and see what you still need to do, you will be more willing to complete it. Writing on paper is more effective than on the phone, because paper becomes part of your physical environment.
Changing our environment in subtle ways like this can affect us more than we think, so be sure to try it out.
Find the best solution for you
In general, experiment to find out what works best for you. It identifies crucial moments and tries to change several factors to see what works, and continues to experiment along the way. There is nothing that will work for 100% of people, but if you find the right formula for you, your successes will multiply.
What’s more, remember to have reasonable expectations and not be overly demanding of yourself. These last few months have been tough on everyone, so the most important thing is to remain positive.
There are several things that may be having a negative influence on you and making you not feel like training, which is normal. This is not laziness – you are simply falling into the kind of excuses that we all fall into at times.
Just remember that if you change your inner dialogue, the way your friends and family influence you and your environment, you can rekindle your motivation, get back to training hard, improve your mental well-being and achieve your fitness goals.