This past winter kicked my butt and left me unmotivated with lots of excuses not to work out. I have always enjoyed exercising, running, and racing so now that the snow has thawed and the temps are warming up, the excuses are getting less reasonable for skipping workouts. So, as a note to myself, I want to put together some tips on how to break out of the slump and get back to a healthy workout routine.
1) Make plans to workout with a friend. Accountability can be a fantastic motivator. Have a friend meet you at your house or a local trail. Set up the meeting at a time that works well for you (if the early morning running club meeting seem just too early).
|Late night run with the FNRC|
2) Sign up for a goal race to work towards. This is something I need to do. I have a lot on my plate in the fall but it would be fun to have something to work towards beforehand.
|The Shamrock Shuffle got me to kickstart my motivation!|
3) Purchase cute workout clothes. This might not be a huge motivator but it definitely makes me feel more confident in my workouts if I look the part. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have... Am I right?!
4) Find some outside motivation. I know many people are frequently re-posting quotes from various internet sites. That doesn't really do it for me though. I find motivation by watching my run heroes race on tv, by spectating a marathon, by watching clips from the most recent summer Olympics... Find out what motivates you! I'm getting ready to watch the Boston Marathon later on this month!
|#fangirlfriday, Lauren Fleshman edition|
5) Stop hating on your body, in whatever shape it is in. No one is perfect and I think more and more media outlets are pointing out the flawed way in which our society views beauty as a manufactured photoshopped image that is not attainable or even a reality. Our bodies are made to do so many things. Shaming ourselves is the wrong way to get out the door and is a much more temporary situation (versus a long term solution). Positive reinforcement is a much more powerful force of motivation! We are strong and we are amazing. We shouldn't let anyone else (including ourselves) tell us otherwise.
Being self-conscious about my post-baby body... I'm guilty of doing the very thing I'm lobbying against...
What do you to get out of a slump?
***Don't forget to enter my Spartan contest and let's get out of this slump together! I'm accepting entries until Monday, April 14***