Have you ever been in a “Funk” in life? That feeling when you are stuck in a rut and lacking motivation? I think at some point or another we have all been there! Having been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, I have discovered you can experience a “fitness funk”. Whether you are a seasoned bodybuilder or gym newbie, we all are susceptible to a phase in our fitness journeys where health enthusiasm can fade. So, what do you do when you find yourself here? Here is my experience with the “Fitness Funk” and how to combat it.
I have been a personal trainer for 15 years. Achieved things that most people have dreamed of doing, from playing in the LFL to reaching IFBB Pro status. On one hand, it is an amazing feeling to experience all these things. On the other, it puts pressure to hold yourself to a higher standard. At the end of the day, I am human too and go through times where I lack the motivation to uphold the image that others and myself hold me to. There are times when I have had the “fitness funk”. Here are six techniques that have helped my clients and me get back into the swing of leading a fit lifestyle.
At the end of the day, I am human too and go through times where I lack the motivation to uphold the image that others and myself hold me to.
Set a schedule
A great quote from Stephen Covey says, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” This could not be truer! If you want to make fitness a priority, then act like it is a priority on your schedule. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. I have found that if I do not pencil myself in, I can easily get caught up and pushed to the back burner. I find it useful to schedule my workouts in an appointment book like I would for my clients. What that shows me is I have a scheduled meeting with myself that I cannot miss. Self-care is just as important as completing daily obligations to others. If getting back into the swing of fitness is your priority, then make sure you set uninterrupted time aside to do so.
Change your mindset
What I mean by that is to change how you view the process of being healthy. I think I speak for most when I say dieting and cardio do not exactly sound like a good time. However, if you change your mindset from negative to positive it can greatly improve how you feel about the process. For example, instead of dreading the treadmill, think how fortunate you are to be able to use a treadmill. Instead of dreading diet, think of the privilege you have, to be able to choose what goes into your body. Fitness optimism helps change your mindset and how you view working out.
Whether it is, getting in 10,000 steps or drinking a gallon of water, I set small goals I know I can achieve.
Make small goals
Not that you should not have BIG goals, but you need to have smaller landmark goals to get there. As a personal trainer, the biggest complaint I hear from clients is not being where they want to be fast enough. My response may be a little cheesy but, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Most people come to me to get into their best shape but what people do not realize is that it takes time. Having a dream body may be the main goal, but what steps are you taking to get there? Set small goals that will lead you to achieve your main goal. When I am in a fitness funk, I set small “must-dos” to achieve daily. Whether it is, getting in 10,000 steps or drinking a gallon of water, I set small goals I know I can achieve. Those small goals lead me to bigger ones that eventually turn into habits. Being fit is not something that happens overnight. It takes a conscious daily decision to make it to the end result. Take Usain Bolt, for example, he trained for years just for under ten seconds of work!
Get a Fit Fam
Sometimes being healthy and fit can feel lonely. Not because fitness makes you feel like that, but because it is not something most people prioritize. Find the tribe that is working towards similar goals and will help keep you accountable to yours. Having people to share your funny gym stories with or personal bests can be the biggest encouragement to keep moving forward. Whether it be a walking partner at work or someone you have met in spin class, reach out and find your fit fam.
Eliminate the BS
Eliminate the basic space. Basic space is the time when you are not being productive but can multitask with positive habits. Have you ever binged on a Netflix series and just sat on the couch for hours? Why not do something productive at the same time? As a mom, wife, and bodybuilder, every minute of my day matters. I use my basic space to foam roll and stretch while catching up on my favourite shows. Eliminating basic space will help change everyday habits into a mindset of productivity. After all, isn’t being in a funk, not just a mindset?
Who would want to do anything that didn’t bring them joy in some way? I for sure would not! I have found that the easiest way to get out of a “fitness funk” is to bring the fun back in working out. Find fun ways to get active without feeling like it is a chore. I love doing kickboxing as a form of cardio. Not only does it feel great to blow off some steam, but it also burns a TON of calories! If you love nature, then take a hike and make working out enjoyable for you. When you enjoy what you are doing you can enjoy the process.
Do not let a “fitness funk” keep you down. I use these methods daily. They help set a fitness mentality of constantly improving. By adding these 6 factors to rejuvenating your health and fitness, you can drastically change your thought process of doing so.
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