Are you wondering how to motivate yourself on the days you’re flagging? To boost your workout performance, try these tricks.
Use your imagination and see yourself coming back from that gym class or running session, jumping in a hot shower, relishing a warm bowl of porridge. Imagine yourself bouncing through your day post-exercise; visualize the energy and post-workout buzz. This will help you a lot, try it!
MIX IT UP
It doesn’t take long for your muscles to get used to a regular exercise. So you switch off mentally because your body is chugging along comfortably, and that in turn helps your body relax more during exercise. The problem is, if the workout gets difficult (you walk, run or cycle uphill) motivation goes down. The solution is to add variety to keep your body and mind sharp, constantly adapting and ready for new challenges. If you run on roads and alone during the week, try doing a scenic trail run on the weekend with a friend. If you usually swim in a pool, try dipping your toes in a lake.
KNOW YOUR PURPOSE
You probably have a goal (fitting into that dress, completing that obstacle race, swimming 30 lengths without stopping), but what’s your purpose? Why do you want to achieve this goal? Top sports psychologists say that setting goals that meet your needs and serve a greater purpose is crucial in terms of staying motivated. So find a great reason to exercise. Your greater purpose may be setting a good example to your children, raising money for a charity, or maintaining good health. Keep that in mind when you have to dig deep.