Looking Ahead With Lauren: Beating The Dreaded “Unmotivation”

How-to-Motivate-an-Unmotivated-personOh motivation, how easy you are to lose. That’s what I’ve been thinking about this past weekend. After enjoying some time off in Florida, the motivation to work out that I had finally obtained is quickly leaving once again. I had my workout clothes and running shoes in my bags, packed and ready to go, happy to work out in the Florida sun. But busy schedules that included walking around Disney all day left me exhausted, in bed by around 10 p.m. with no energy or really daylight to do my workout while on vacation.

I suppose all that walking in the hot sun was a great workout and a different pace, but that didn’t change how I felt when I arrived home. Unmotivated.

Even last night, I knew I would be swamped with work but I had every intention of working out at night. Perhaps going for a run or running on the treadmill if it got too dark. Then an impromptu dinner and shopping trip with an old friend came up and I chose fun and catching up instead of working up a sweat. But that’s okay because that is my first rule of going from unmotivated to motivated:

1. Don’t beat yourself up if you skip a day or a week of working out. Things come up and life gets in the way. It is okay to choose a fun night with friends instead of working out for a night. Just promise yourself you’ll work out harder tomorrow and the next day.

2. Schedule workouts. I am going to start scheduling different workouts for different days in the week when I know I’ll have some time. I won’t beat myself up if I have to change the time or day of a workout either, as long as I get a minimum done.

3. Set a minimum. If you make a goal of working out for say, 20 minutes 4 days a week, chances are you’ll end up working out longer.

So here’s to getting back on track! Give me some tips if you have them!

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