Updated: May 10
Now more than ever we are faced with changes and challenges in our daily routines. In one way or another COVID-19 has affected us all. One individual will have an increased workload and less free time. Others will be jobless and left with financial stress and decreased energy. No matter where you are at, one thing that will be important is to create a new routine.
I was inspired to write this blog after having a few conversations with some clients of mine. A word that kept coming up was “motivation”. The most common feedback during our discussions goes something like…
“I can’t find the motivation to workout as I’m exhausted from all the extra hours of work”
“I can’t get motivated to workout from home”
What is motivation?
Motivation can be defined by reason(s) one has for behaving in a particular way. In regards to training, this means you have a reason(s) you started exercising and paying attention to your health and nutrition in the first place. Can you remember why you started and why you continue doing so? This is your “WHY”, and no matter the current circumstances, these are STILL the reasons you should keep going.
This is one of the few things you have control over these days and I’ve come up with three helpful “tips” to help keep you on track!
1. Maintain a schedule
Recently, our schedules have been turned upside down but it is important to still have structure. It’s easy to get caught up in mindless scrolling through social media, watching Netflix or other things that aren’t high on your productivity list. Sit down with your weekly agenda and write down dedicated workout times. You can even add a time slot for meal preparation and other tasks that are important to you. It will be much easier to follow through if you make it a routine and set aside time for what is important to you.
2. Set up a dedicated workout space
Just like a home office, it is important to have a dedicated space for your workout. It doesn’t need to be huge or have much equipment. Eliminate anything in this space that may distract you. Create an upbeat playlist, have a plan ready and then just crush it!
3. Reach out to others for support
This might mean that you schedule a workout with a friend or a group via zoom video chat to make it interactive and fun, or perhaps your family members join you! This will give it the feel of an actual gym setting and you can hold each other accountable and provide support. If you have a trainer/coach they probably have you set up with home workouts already, so it may be a good idea to get on a video chat with them to touch base daily or weekly. Discuss any questions/concerns you have and stay accountable.
It is important to have a support system during these weird times. We’re all in this together so if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out!
If you're ready to add accountability to your training, our coaches can definitely help you stay motivated!