it’s crass but it’s true.
Whether it’s my overzealousnessment (technical term) or just happenstance—people associate me with an unflagging love of resistance training.
When conversation turns to exercise people invariably turn to me & lament a lack of resistance training motivation.
“I want to–I just cant seem to get myself to start.” is the typical refrain.
Or anything and everything along the lines of this comment from last week:
I cant pretend to relate to any of this.
There are myriad things Ive started & ceased (Im a big believer in QUITTING)–but not the weights.
Ive challenged myself to identify *what* keeps me happily motivated
unlike cardio where I lament & make excuses daily.
Here’s what I realized:
Four tips for finding & maintaining resistance training mojo:
- Plan. Plan. Plan. These days I’m an intuitive exerciser—I was not when I started. Whether you’re a pen & paper planner or an app-user—plan your workout. Get specific (where, duration, music, solo/parter etc). Next step? Create a Plan A *and* Plan B for each session. Whether you’re training at home, playground, or gym map out what you’ll do if life conspires to derail you. Planning sets you up for success & provides you far less opportunity for excuses.
- More muscle = higher metabolism. Of course I’m not saying we *shouldnt* do cardio, but this fact definitely motivates me to resistance train even when I’m not in the mood (I had a client who hung this as a sign in her home!). I’m not willing to watch what I eat as I age. I’m not willing to limit my portions & shift from mindful eating to calorie counting as I age. I’m *very* motivated to resistance train and get me the higher metabolism it provides.
- It’s fast. I am not training for competition. My competition is LIFE. My workouts are short. Twenty minutes. I can always find (& motivate myself for) 20 minutes in my day especially when the pay-off is lower stress and higher metabolism. Nothing would derail *my* mojo faster or spark me to procrastinate than a long training session.
- It empowers me. When I finish cardio—I feel depleted. When I finish resistance training (be it silly PLAYout with the Child and her friends or a traditional lift) I feel empowered. I feel strong. I’m reminded I can do anything I set my mind to. Whether I metaphorically drag myself to a workout or not, I always finished feeling more capable than when I began. I carry this feeling with me throughout the rest of my day.
It gave me the confidence to demand to be heard & know I’m worthy of taking up *space* in the world.
Who wouldnt want to make time for something when it feels that amazing & extends into all realms of life?
- What’s your best tip for finding or maintaining resistance training mojo?
- Do you have a fave workout planning app to share?