Stay Continually Motivated to Your Surfing Fitness
I got out of routine and my workout habits have been absolute shit the past 3 weeks. It’s hard to stay continually motivated. I’ve been skipping workouts, finding excuses, and eating poorly. College football season started a few weeks back and I find myself with a beer in hand on Saturday, rather than getting a solid weekend workout or 2 in like I should be.
Let me start over. I just made another excuse. (Football)
Three weeks ago I was doing a post-workout run and halfway through my calves cramped and tightened. The pain got really bad and I had to stop my run and walk back. (I know. Lame, right?) I was in disbelief and was looking for an answer.
What’s going on with me?
Why can’t I do this anymore?
I did this exact run 3 days ago… What happened?
I let the self-doubt and self-limiting thoughts in and it was downhill after that. I didn’t workout for a week after that shitty run. The following 2 weeks I only worked out 3 times total. (Let me just say that is pathetic on my part.) One bad workout turned into 3 weeks of bad or nonexistent workouts and I lost all momentum.
It’s so easy to let those self-limiting thoughts in and destroy your drive to follow through with something, even if you know in your head you should be doing it. It could be anything in life. Once you begin to doubt yourself, you begin to self-limit your true ability. This self-limiting is a seemingly logical rationalization back and forth in your head. Our bodies and minds are capable of 5x (if not more) of what we do on a day-to-day basis. The problem is we think too much.
He runs a half marathon once a week, but that’s him, and I’m just me.
He’s 45, a bi-athlete, and works a full 9-5. But I could never do that. I don’t have it in me.
I’m not as young as I used to be, and I can’t get back into that good of shape again.
When I get these kind of thoughts, I use tactics I’ve come up with over the years to get through the roadblock and back into my routine.
- Don’t do a full workout. This especially helps when you’re working 9-5. Rather than a full 1-2 hr workout, just go for a short run. Do ANYTHING to get things moving in the right direction. Simple and very effective.
- Get your friend, wife, son/daughter, ANYONE to workout with you. Coordinate a day/time for the workout with them. It’s a lot harder to make an excuse when you’re bailing on someone else down in the process.
- Workout first thing in the morning. This is a much more difficult one, especially if you love your sleep. But once you’re running by 7am sleep is the last thing on your mind. Plus, now you don’t have to force yourself to at the end of the day.
- Get your diet right first. If you’re not working out regularly, your diet is probably suffering a bit too. Get back into your diet for a day or two before you plan to workout again. You are what you eat, and you have a better chance of working out when you feel physically and mentally well.
I’m getting back into my routine tomorrow by using tactics 1 and 3. Is anything stopping you from getting back into your workout routine? (Hopefully not football season.) What are you going to do to get back into your workout schedule and stay continually motivated?
Try 1 or all of the tactics above and get back in the swing.
Leave a comment below with one of your go to excuses to skip a workout.