Updated: Nov 2, 2021
Welcome to this week’s blog post which is full of actionable tips to help you rediscover your motivation mojo.
We’re all human beings and our moods, motivations and workout routines ebb and flow all the time. Unless you're an elite athlete and training towards a competition it’s very likely that you will have periods of time (sometimes just a few days, sometimes months or even longer) where you’re less active than other times. Maybe you picked up an injury and had to take time out, maybe work got horrendously busy and just keeping your head above water was the main priority every day. Maybe there was a global pandemic that totally changed life as we knew it and stripped you of your workout routine and motivation! You might be in a less active period just now (and who can blame you? You’ve spent the last 16 months adjusting to ever changing lockdowns, unable to see family and friends, trying to work from home, potentially whilst home schooling your little ones, and on top of all of that you’re asking yourself to stay consistent with a workout routine when your schedule is changing week by week). But you know the you who is able to fit in some movement is the healthiest, happiest, most productive and calmest version of you and I want to make sure The Barre Coach online studio is everything you need to make building in some movement to your weekly schedule as easy as possible.
Long term goals - find your 'why'
Establishing or reaffirming your ‘why’ is the first step to building habits that help you create consistency to achieve your long term goals so let’s start there. If your workout motivation is based purely on the way it will make you look then you’re likely to lose motivation more quickly. You’re coming at it from a position of thinking you’re not good enough the way you are and nothing is less motivating than being hard on yourself and feeling discouraged when you don’t see results as quickly as you want to. We want to create loads of positive associations with exercising so I’d love you to come at it from a positive mindset in the first instance and that means being kind to yourself along the way! It’s about bringing awareness to the connection between your mind and body and feeling empowered and proud of your body for the things it can do. Celebrate how you feel each time you finish a workout. Maybe it’s mentally lighter, maybe it’s more focused and productive, maybe it’s more confident. Whatever it is, write it down. On days you feel unmotivated, looking back over these notes might be just the thing that spurs you on to get out for some fresh air and a walk or makes you get your leggings on and join us for a Barre class.
Start off small and make it easy for yourself
When it comes to short term goals, these are the small changes we can make to start to form habits. We want to make these goals so easy it feels impossible not to achieve them. Start by going for more walks, dancing around the kitchen every time you cook, doing short workouts that feel less overwhelming and difficult. You’re far more likely to fit in exercise and keep up with a workout routine if it feels manageable and doable. Making other small changes to help you live a healthier lifestyle overall will also really support your short and long term goals. Maybe that’s keeping a bottle of water with you all the time so you increase your hydration, maybe it’s always taking the stairs instead of the escalator or lift, maybe it’s adding a few more pieces of veg into your current diet. Whatever it is, it’s small and manageable and not a total lifestyle overhaul. If you want to read more about creating habits then I’d definitely recommend Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Set a schedule
Personally I love putting pen to paper and writing down my workout schedule for the week. I use a great fitness journal which has loads of great inspiration to keep you motivated and is a great way to track your exercise and see your progress over time. Sadly it’s out of stock at the moment but If you want to have a wee look you can find it here. When it comes to setting your exercise intentions for the week make sure you make them really realistic. If you currently get up 10 minutes before your working day starts then suddenly trying to get up an hour earlier each day is going to feel impossible. If you’re rushed off your feet from the second you wake up to the moment you get home then trying to force a 60 minute workout in is a bit of a non-starter. Fifteen minutes in the morning, at lunchtime or in the evening is perfect. Stick with that for as long as it takes for it not to feel difficult then see if you can start to gradually carve out a little more time. Once you’ve formed that habit, naturally your mind and body will want to progress more and it will be the natural next step to take.
Variety is the spice of life
You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day, pound the pavements or thrash yourself in a HIIT session to get a good workout. Anything that you can do to live a less sedentary lifestyle is going to make a huge impact. Small things like changing your playlist or working out with a friend can be a great way to refresh your routine and get you back on track. It’s so important you don’t get bored with doing the same workouts over and over again and that’s one of the reasons I give you so much variety in our classes. I want to do everything I can to make it as easy as it can be for you to stay really engaged with the workouts and keep seeing results from all your hard work.
To help you in your mission, a brand new challenge, ‘The 7 Day Series’, is launching on The Barre Coach Online Studio on Thursday this week. There are 7 classes, all between 20 and 40 minutes long, each totally different from the last. You can either take the challenge across 7 consecutive days or split it up and pencil it in anywhere between 2 and 4 sessions a week. Make it work for you in a way that gives you the best possible chance to complete the small goals you set for yourself. Experiment with taking some classes in the mornings / lunchtimes / evenings and find the sweet spot that works best for you and for your routine. I hope you love the challenge and if you have any questions at all then just give me a shout 😘