Have you ever been in one of those workout slumps, where it was nearly impossible to muster up enough energy to get out of bed in the morning or to come straight after work?
People don't quit working out because they hate seeing results; they quit because it becomes too routine, too boring, they don't see results as fast as they would have hoped, or a host of other reasons.
Nicola, the fitness coordinator here has often felt the same thing,
Sometimes I go through periods where I don’t want to workout. I am in the gym all day, and the last thing I want to do is train myself. However, when I don’t work out, I don’t feel good. My energy and overall self-esteem suffer.
Rather than skipping a day or letting her "off day" string into "off days", Nicola has a great motivational quote to keep herself committed,
I get out of a rut by following my own tag line: “You Either Worked Out Today, Or You Didn’t!”
Nicola advises to start out slow, rather than jump right back in full-throttle. "I will usually start out slowly, but increase it to strength training two or three times a week and cardio five times a week. I do my best cardio outside in nature where I am not looking at a clock," she states. "A great workout is called '1000 steps' in South Laguna at 9th avenue."
I walk down these stairs and gaze out at the Pacific Ocean with waves crashing onto the shore and I feel an energy surge. There is nothing that beats being outside. The first time it took me 1/2 hour to walk up and down 6 times. The next time 45 minutes for 10 times. Then I started skipping a step and eventually, I could run them.
Do it in stride. "You may never love it. I don’t. But I do love the results, and once I get into a rhythm, I miss not doing it," Nicola confesses.
We have all been there, ready to hit the snooze button in the morning, skipping our revitalizing morning workout. Sometimes our day at work was too stressful and all you want to do is relax and watch your favorite show. Those things are okay if your body needs the rest, but don't let one day string into two, which string into a week of "relaxing". Your body will come alive and be more relaxed once you work those negative or stressful energies out of your body.
Head on over to Nicola's blog to check out the rest of the story! She has some great motivational tips and stories. If you are also looking for some accountability, try signing up for a class or private session with Nicola or another trainer at the gym.