Happy Friday friends! Hope you have some fabulous weekend plans. I’m sticking around Calgary this weekend, which will be a nice change of pace. Tonight I’m doing a makeup trial for my friend’s wedding this summer and getting my second tattoo in a week, who would have thought! Follow me on Instagram for the reveal.
Today I wanted to get real and talk about motivation to workout. In the past week, I have had zero motivation to do anything. So far this week I’ve done one run and that was a struggle. I’ve set my alarm every morning to get up for my early morning workout but every single day I’ve shut it off.
I told myself I would do it after work, but then after work comes and suddenly I find myself on the couch. Coming from someone who has been working out 6 days a week with a few double workout days a week, this is a huge change!
I think this dip in motivation stems from a few different factors. The first being that I just finished the Toronto Marathon two weeks ago. This exact same lack of desire to run happened to me after my previous two marathons as well. After working so hard towards a goal race and running so much, I think it’s kind of natural to feel over it. However, I do have a half-marathon coming up in three weeks, so not running isn’t an option.
I also think my shoulder sprain from Vegas is affecting my motivation. I wrote last week about my fitness plans that included Body Pump at GoodLife Fitness, working through some workouts on Pinterest and attending some new fitness classes. All of these plans are temporarily on hold while my shoulder heals. Also, while technically, I can still run with my shoulder sprain, my run earlier this week caused me quite a bit of pain afterwards. Therefore, I’m hesitant to get back out there.
While the majority of my brain is saying, snap out of this Jen, you need to work out. There’s also a part of me that says, it’s okay to take a little break. Since I’ve been working so hard for the past couple of months, I don’t think it’s a terrible thing for me to take a week or two where I slow down on my workouts. It’s not going to impact my overall health and if that’s what I need to recharge my mental health, then I’m going to roll with it. I have a feeling after this week, I’m going to be recharged and ready to crush my workouts again (modified for now of course).
Of course, another great way to reinvigorate your exercise motivation if you’re in a slump like me is finding a way to have fun with your workouts. Starting next month, the GoodLife Fitness City Chase is coming to a Canadian city near you! I’ve participated in this adventure race three years and had an absolute blast every single time. This is a race that can be done by anyone or any level. I can guarantee you’ll sweat but you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even notice you’re working out.
And if you get tired along the way, it’s okay to stop for a beer, which is exactly my kind of race!
So grab a partner and find out when City Chase is coming to your city! (Prices increase at the end of the month.)
Have you ever went through a period where you lacked themotivation to workout?
What’s your best tip to get back into a workout routine?
This post is written as part of the GoodLife Fitness ambassador program, however, all opinions are my own.