SPRING has SPRUNG in Oakland.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere the days are starting to get longer and warmer but at an infuriatingly slow rate.
The rush of New Year’s resolutioners has subsided and the vast majority have now fallen by the wayside.
There is more space in the gym, but you might be finding that motivation is dwindling. The necessity to train in the morning in order to relax in the afternoon just compounds this dilemma…we have all been there; snuggled up under a perfectly warm blanket as you repeatedly snooze a very irritating alarm.
Not all is lost though!
As per the title the hardest thing is getting out the door but there are some other tips that I have found useful in this strange limbo time between a sometimes cold Spring and the Summer.
It is coming so all you need to do is hang on..
I personally find that snoozing your alarm, or having a little sit down on a sofa before going to the gym is the equivalent of spending too long on the edge of a cliff (or diving board) contemplating whether to take the plunge.
Hesitate for too long and it will just not happen.
I find it beneficial to not give yourself the chance to hesitate. Admittedly this is much harder in the morning! If you train after work I would advise getting into the practice of arriving home, dumping your bags, getting changed and out the door. Preferably within 10 minutes. After all, the more you hesitate the later you will get back and the less ‘free time’ you will have after your workout.
Trust me it is a tried and proven method, especially if your workout involves running outdoors in the rain. No hesitation allowed.
My personal number one rule.
Life is too short.
Sport is there to be enjoyed, so have fun.
If you aren’t enjoying it, but still want to be active, then reassess what you are doing and make a change. I got tired of going to the gym and waiting for people to finish sets in order to use whatever machine or weights I was scheduled to use….so I decided to give yoga a go. Okay, so I am probably the worst yogi in Europe but I find it challenging and I enjoy it. So I do it. I also found that I wasn’t particularly enjoying swimming in a crowded 25m pool so I did some research, bought a wetsuit and now swim outdoors in a 50m pool. Much less crowded….much more enjoyable. Although the no hesitation rule is that much more important when jumping into cold water!
Get a Buddy
Some people like to train alone. That is their prerogative. However, getting a buddy to train with you will help to make those more monotonous sessions more interesting.
We are social creatures so why not incorporate that into your training sessions? Joining a masters swimming class, yoga class or spin class can also aid with motivation (especially if you have paid for it!).
Finally, and this really harks back to the point about enjoying yourself.
Remember that it is your choice to keep fit.
Sessions can sometimes be tough and inevitably there will be moments when you are in quite a bit of discomfort. This is to be expected. The endorphins coursing through your veins at the end of a session far outweigh the pain. Sport is fun and enjoyable. So don’t let it get on top of you. Know that you will feel substantially better after a tough session than if you spent the hour sitting in your work clothes feeling sorry for yourself on the sofa.
- How have you found motivation when you’ve struggled to get yourself out the door?
A little extract from the mind of Dan Millington, an amateur triathlete, wannabe pro surfer and personal trainer at Be A Better You.