Unless you're one of those people who is annoyingly motivated 24/7 and never misses a gym session, you'll probably know what I'm talking about when I say we all go through phases of low motivation to exercise. We might not have that holiday countdown urging us on, or life has just gotten in the way and stops us spending that extra hour in the gym. For whatever reason, after these breaks it's hard to get back in the swing of things - as I have recently discovered. At university I was a real gym bunny. Since coming home this has dropped for various reasons - the gym is further away, there aren't hundreds of other students dressed in their activewear on campus making me feel guilty. So, I decided to share some of the things that have helped me regain my gym mojo and motivation.
1. Mix up your routine. Boredom is a primary cause of low motivation. Too long on the treadmill with bad gym tv, or doing the same routine day in and day out. I now do ballet, HIIT, spinning, running club and the odd gym session in between every week, which means that my exercise routine doesn't get repetitive or boring. I can look forward to each different gym session each week without feeling like I've been doing it too much.
2. Update your gym playlist. You don't have a gym playlist? Well that's your first problem. Until recently I was using the same playlist since I was 17, which definitely adds to the whole repetitiveness of the gym. Be sure to keep adding new songs, all upbeat to keep you going on the treadmill, and maybe use it as a time to listen to new albums. Beyonce's Lemonade is great pumping music, and also the perfect length for a gym session (45 minutes or so).
3. Join a gym near work (uni/college/school or whatever). You're far more likely to go to the gym at 6pm near the gym than 7pm when you just get home and just want to collapse. Or, if gym near home is cheaper then take your kit with you and go straight from work without going home first. Having said this, joining one further away near work does mean that you just can't get there on weekends, so you can have some guilt-free downtime on Saturday and Sunday.
4. Be comfortable with what you're wearing. It really is true that you need to be at maximum comfort level when exercising. I've bought some really cute crop tops in PINK in the past, but when you spend your entire run pulling the top down to cover your belly button you're not going to be focusing on your workout at all. I personally feel more energised in co-ordinated and fun gym wear. That's the blogger in me. I have adorable floral leggings, matched with my trainers and new gym bag. This isn't for everyone though, and if a baggy t-shirt and shorts is what works for you then go for it.
5. Listen to your body. Your body is the best indicator of how hard you need to work. It is true that the time to work your muscles again is when they are sore, but I'm also a strong believer in doing what your body tells you to. The only thing worse than not going to the gym at all is going and feeling like you've wasted your time and effort because you've spent an hour sitting on the mats watching snapchat stories and scrolling through instagram. You are allowed time off, and just use this as motivation to work twice as hard next time you go.
I'm sure this is nothing new to you, but I find it helps hearing not only that other people have lazy phases, but the little things they have done to get past them. Now go work dat ass!