1. keep your goal in mind
remember why you started going to the gym in the first place. If your mental block is actually getting yourself to the gym, ask yourself what is holding you back and keep reading!
2. be present
don’t think about anything except your workout. if you had a bad day, if you ate junk food, if you’re going to a party later – don’t think about anything except killing a good workout and burning some major calories.
3. get motivated
If you don’t have a goal, set one. how can you push yourself if you aren’t working towards anything?
4. gym partner
find a gym buddy. sometimes you just need someone to give you that extra push, or if you are a competitive person, having someone to compete against can really drive you to work harder.
5. fun exercises
there are SO many exercises, SO many ways to have a good workout, find what works best for you. if your miserable at the gym it’s hard to get yourself to go. it should be fun! a lot of gyms offer classes. try yoga, or a hip hop class. spin is awesome for time management training if you need to get some resistance training in with your cardio and it’s awesome for endurance.
6. new routine
mid you’ve been doing a similar routine for a long period of time, it’s time for a change. modify your exercises. if you’ve been using the same machine for a while – try it with dumbbells. this goes for cardio too. switch up your incline, interval time, or simply your speed. you’re stronger and faster than you think!
7. timed workout
time your workout routine. whether it’s an over all time or timed rest periods, keep your heart rate up and push yourself!
8. treat yoself
maybe you’re the type of person who is motivated by rewards. set a short term goal of weight loss or lifting a certain weight or doing so many reps, ANYTHING that motivates you to reach your treat at the end. be creative.
9. fuel up
some people are motivated by food, which may be what made them join the gym in the first place. food is FUEL. if you’re unmotivated to get to the gym, make a yummy breakfast or plan a delicious (but healthy) post workout meal.
10. change your mindset
its all in your head. if the previous 9 suggestions aren’t working for you, you need to change your way of thinking. this is a LIFESTYLE not a temporary change. it’s okay if you have something that isn’t organic or all natural, look back to #8. it’s okay to take a rest day or give your body a longer break (read my 2 recent posts.) stay positive, get motivated and kick ass.
happy Monday! start the week off strong.
if you have any other tips or tricks to work through a mental black please comment.