Sunday, April 10, 2011

Help for a Motivation Danger Zone

I've found myself in a motivation danger zone this week.  As a regular exerciser I try to complete at least five exercise sessions per week, but I've been dealing with a motivation gap this week.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think I have to feel motivated to exercise day in and day out.  It can be a good thing to take a little break.  After taking a break for a day or two I often feel renewed and am raring to go.  That's not the case this week.  I'm definitely in a motivation danger zone.

I went looking for some some advice and suggestions for overcoming this lack of motivation from other exercisers.  Here are some suggestions from other exercisers that work for them.  Do any of these ideas work for you?

1.  Change it up.  Maybe you have gotten into an exercise rut by doing the same thing over and over. 

Switch from the gym to outdoor exercise. Bike instead of running.  Join a class.

 Start doing yoga. 

Do you listen to music while you exercise?  Maybe a new playlist will help.

2.  Make sure you are getting enough sleep.  Have you been getting enough sleep lately? 

A tired body can't be expected to be excited about the prospect of a workout.

3.  Check your diet.  Maybe what you are eating is getting you down. 

Eliminate sugar and alcohol.  Ramp up the fruits and vegetables.  Eat more fish, especially those high in omega 3 oils.

Eat this....

Salmon picture from
Not this.....

4.  Write it down. 

Keep a daily record of the number of minutes you are exercising, your distance, your weight, or whatever measure may be important to you. 

This becomes your report card.  Post it where you can see it.  A regular black and white reminder will help to keep you going.

And finally...This one made me laugh....

5.  Stand naked in front of a full length mirror.  Enough said? 

All of these seem like good suggestions.  Do you have any other things that work for you when you are experiencing a lack of motivation?  Suggestions please, friends!


  1. Identifing what I want to look like and how I am going to get there helps me. I look in the mirror and I observe how my clothes are fitting. I am not going to get the body I want by just thinking about it, I take action.

  2. I struggle with motivation as well. That is why I became a Fitness Coach. I know that if others are looking to me for fitness advice, I have to make sure I am walking the walk.

  3. I think you are right, Doug. Thinking about it won't do it. I have to keep the "rear in gear"!


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