I hate to say it, but motivation is SUPER fleeting. There are mornings we wake up and are ready to go. We slept well, had a great cup of coffee, and are itching to crush a workout (why not #SkipTheGym and do it at home?!).
But that’s not always the case, is it?
Alarm goes off for the 5th time, after repeatedly pressing snooze. We had planned to get in a workout but staying in bed seems like SUCH a better option. It’s not that we’re sore, overly tired, or injured. We don’t don’t feel like working out.
Motivation shifts and changes, sometimes even throughout the day. As a trainer and nutrition coach, I work with ladies all around the world, helping them to get consistent with exercise and healthy eating without obsession. And honestly, when we don’t have obsession or rigid tracking to motivate us, there are many times that we just won’t feel feel like working out.
And that’s okay…if it lasts for a day. Not feeling like working out can be a sign that your body just needs a rest. So when my clients are feeling super burned out, I encourage them to take a rest day.
BUT, if the lack of motivation outlasts the rest day, we gotta figure out what’s going on.
After working with hundreds of women online, I’ve found that we often fall into one of three traps. Today, I’m sharing the 3 reasons we might not feel like working out AND what to do about them.
3 reasons you don’t feel like working out (and how to fix them)
I’m not sure about you but when I’m dreading the monotony of a workout, I have no desire to get my sweat on.
Too often, I talk with women who are doing workouts that bore the crap out of them because they think they’re what they *should* be doing. Their old personal trainer said HIIT was best for fat loss. They read on Tone It Up that we have to lift itty-bitty weights. BodyRockTV says intensity is key to getting results. So they drag themselves to the gym to do the next popular workout…even if they hate it.
And frankly, this is one of the worst ways to approach fitness, because we’ll never actually feel like working out.
How to fix it
Lady, we gotta add some fun into our workouts, once and for all. Fitness should never be a punishment, and if “working out” is synonymous with dread, something’s gotta change. When we actually enjoy the process of what we’re doing, motivation stops becoming an issue (see the research/my take on it here) and consistency comes naturally (see the three most common workout consistency mistakes here).
Love circuits? Do circuit workouts. (These are what my clients love and are central to #SkipTheGym workout programming).
Yoga makes you so happy? Do yoga.
Running helps you be chill AF? Go run.
Even if it’s not the *best way* to workout, do your thing. That’s what’s gonna help us crush workouts week after week.
You don’t know what to do
One of the other super common reasons we may not feel like working out, is we don’t actually know wtf to do. There’s so much information out there that we can often get into a state of information overload and stop working out all together (this is why I wrote my entire Master the Weight Room series, to break everything down and stop the overwhelm when it comes to strength training).
And this makes sense, doesn’t it?
There are so many ways we could workout, so many trainers we could listen to, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. When we feel overwhelmed we’re so much more likely to stay with our current way of doing things (in this case, skipping workouts because we don’t feel like working out).
How to fix it
Follow a plan and take the guesswork out of it. Having someone tell us what to do can be SO helpful if we’re overwhelmed by all the options.
This is why the #GoldilocksFitness Program takes all the guesswork out of the equation. In my free DIY 7 day workout plan, you’ll be set up with a done-for-you exercise program that will help you start seeing results by exercising for *just the right amount*. Get more details here.
You’re frustrated because you’re not seeing results
If we’ve been exercising for a while, it’s pretty easy to lose motivation when we are not seeing results.
My favorite example is when you think about a recreational runner who runs a three mile loop, five days a week, hoping to lose weight (she should be lifting heavy shit but that’s besides the point). At the beginning, she may burn 350 calories over the course of her run and notice some changes in her leg musculature. Pretty sweet. But even within the first four weeks of her starting her running program, the calories burned over those three miles could drop to something like 300 and her body’s not going to keep changing.
At the same time, that lack of body change is going to make it a lot harder to keep crushing the workouts. We begin wondering why to do it if it’s not working.
How to fix it
Results come from effective, challenging workouts done consistently. I wish there was a magic way to change our bodies but it comes down to two things:
Consistency & Variety
Why? Your body ONLY responds to the demands that you place on it. So in that first Studio BARRE workout, you body was working pretty hard to get ‘er done. You were probably super sore and tired afterwards. That second, third, fourth class, maybe you felt the same. But by the thirteenth class, yeah not so much. By that point, your body has adapted to this type of activity and can do it pretty well.
Sooo…what should we do instead?
- Stay consistent. Workout 3-5x per week.
- Mix it up. Don’t do the same thing week after week.
Two weeks is about how long it takes our bodies to get used to a workout, so it’s time to change things after that 14 day mark.
When we do these simple things, results will come.
If you wanna learn to stay consistent with your workouts, my #7DayReset can help you get there. I hear from women all the time that they’re struggling to know when enough is enough. They don’t know how to exercises consistently in a way that also will help them see results. This program will fix that. For 7 days, I’ll give ya the exact workouts to do to start seeing results without stressing about it. Grab more details here.