Recently I had the following question asked in my Fit to be You accountability group:
I need a little umph lately, I feel like I'm running on fumes. Struggling on making myself work out, but I really want to get back into the swing of things. Any tips for energy?
I think we have all been here right? Even those who dominate their fitness feel like this once in a while. Sometimes we have that feeling of “I know I should workout but I just don’t wanna!”
Chalene Johnson is one of my favorite celebrity trainers. Many times she says “just give me five minutes.” Five minutes into the workout, the endorphins are going to kick in and keep you going. But even so, sometimes it is hard to get up and give it those 5 minutes!
So, do you just give up? No! We can find a way to get moving. Here are tips that have worked in my experience, I hope there is something here for you.
7 Tips to get that Umph back into your Fitness Triumph
1. Take a break and recharge!
Breaks are allowed. If you are not mentally into it, take a week off and reset. Schedule when you want to get moving again and stick to the schedule.
2. If you are bored with your workout, change it up!
Something new is always more motivation than if you dread doing the same thing again. If you don’t know what to do next, contact me, I would be happy to help.
3. Change the time you do your workouts.
If you are too tired when you get home after a long day, a morning workout could do wonders!
4. Buy a new outfit!
It is pretty amazing how what you put on to exercise in can make you feel motivated and energized.
5. Avoid the couch.
One thing I have always done, especially if I workout in the evening after I get home from work, I do not sit down or lay on the couch. If I do that, I will be instantaneously lazy and not want to get up! When I get home, I immediately change into my workout clothes and put my shoes on. Then I eat my snack or take my energy drink and just get in the mindset.
6. Try a pre-workout drink.
There are lots out there. If you don’t even know where to start, check out what I drink. Also check out this list on bodybuilding.com. I usually find that once I drink my energy (and invested money into it), I feel obligated to workout; and it does help with your energy level when you feel you have no umph.
7. Find a workout buddy or an accountability group!
It is always helpful to have someone to share your goals with. When you tell others about what you intend to accomplish, you are more likely to stick to it. Feel free to contact me if you want an accountability buddy, or follow Fit to be You on Facebook to stay engaged with fitness and health!