Getting back on track after the Winter slump
The dark mornings and nights, and the moody weather of Winter can cause motivation to be at an all-time low. Now that spring is here and the days are looking a little brighter here are a few tips to help you get back into your gym routine.
Set Your Next Goal
Organising your next significant goal is one of the best ways to keep you on track. With a challenge planned for the near future, you will be less likely to give in to the urge to skip a session.
Here are some examples:
- Harcourts Cooper and co Takapuna Beach Series (Every Tuesday starting 5th November) – 5km beach walk/run, 7km Coastal Run, Ocean Swim and Stand up paddle board.
- Eukanuba Tails & Trails at Riverhead Forrest – Take your dog with you for this event and complete either a 5km or 10km trail run/walk
- Tough guy and girl challenge. An obstacle course-based run in Auckland. (29th June 2020) – One to train for over Summer and just some great muddy fun!
- Womens half marathon – Villa Maria Estate (19th Jan 2020)
- Coastal Challenge – (22nd Feb 2020) Run walk/ wade and rock hop down the North Shore coastline – 6km/11km/17km/22km/22km relaz/33km/33km relay
Plan tomorrow, tonight
Spending a few minutes at the end of each day thinking about what you’re going to do tomorrow, and physically writing it down, increases your likelihood of completing the task.
- Plan your workout
- Plan what time you will train
- Write a mini goal for your session
- Have everything you need laid out and ready to go – gym gear/clothes, alarm set, food and snacks prepared etc.
Train with Others
Making a commitment with a friend or a group not only makes the workouts more fun, but also keeps you accountable. Knowing that your meeting someone will make you less likely to skip the gym. Convince a friend to join with you and take turns at planning your workouts to keep things interesting. Joining a group fitness class is also a good way to make friends at the gym to keep you accountable.
Change your workout routine
Repeating the same routine and exercises can become boring and contribute to motivation loss. To avoid this, try out a new workout style, new exercises, or a new group fitness class. By switching things up you’ll keep your mind and body engaged. Doing the same routine continuously will also result in your body adapting, and slow your progress. “Shocking the body” with a new gym routine is a great way to see results. Come see us for a new complimentary personalised weights program for the gym.
Treat yourself to some new gym gear
A term called “enclothed cognition” refers to the psychological influence that clothing can have on us. It suggests that “dressing for the part” subconsciously changes our behaviors and attitudes. Basically, if you’re dressed for the gym, you’re not only more inclined to be active, but you can feel more confident in your abilities, leading to improved focus, motivation, and gains. So yes, this is your excuse to go buy some new gym wear that you feel good in 😊