Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Five methods that can help you reclaim your fitness motivation
Welcome to the second instalment of Have You Lost Your Mo-Vo? In this article we will look at another five methods that you can use to rekindle the dwindling fires of fitness motivation.
Whenever you find yourself opting for the couch instead of the gym, a lie in instead of an early morning run, you will be able to use one of the motivational methods below to get inspired and get active.
Enough gab, let’s get on with it . . .
6) Get your kit on!
I owe thanks to a friend for this one. He said to me once, when I was lamenting over my lack of motivational willpower, ‘If ever you don’t feel like exercising here’s some advice that never fails. On those days when you’d rather face the firing squad than the treadmill just slip into your training kit and sit around the house. I give you ten minutes before you’re out the door and on the way to the gym.’
I must confess, when he told me this I could not hide the incredulous expression on my face. But by god it works – and every damn time too. Now I don’t profess to understand the complex science behind this technique, yet it somehow seems to exert a mysterious motivational force that just makes you want to exercise.
So here’s what you do. When you don’t feel like getting a sweat-on, get your kit-on instead and then merrily go about your business as normal; whether that’s doing the dishes, the dusting, or some other type of menial housework. Soon, very soon, the motivational monster will strike and you’ll find yourself itching to get active.
7) Motivation idols
‘Everyone,’ it is true to say, from time to time ‘needs a source of inspiration.’ Even our heroes had their heroes. But it is the ‘acts of others that inspire us to try new things, undertake challenges or simply do better than we thought possible.’
(Grout & Perrin, 2004)