Have you been feeling extra unmotivated lately? Perhaps you’ve been making excuses to avoid working out because you just don’t feel like hitting the gym. Or it could be your workout slump that’s causing you to dread the gym, because you feel like you aren’t going anywhere. If that’s the case, we hope you know that it’s possible to get back on track – so don’t give up just yet!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Things To Ask Yourself When You’ve Hit A Workout Slump:
1) Are my goals unattainable?
It’s normal to be super ambitious and reach for the stars when it comes to setting goals. After all, the sky is the limit! However, you have to understand that over-stretched goals can sometimes work against your favor – especially if you expect to achieve those goals within a short time frame.
If you suspect that you’ve hit a slump, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your goals and see if you’re being realistic. If your goals aren’t attainable, it helps to break them down into smaller, short-term goals that can ultimately lead you to your desired outcome.
2) Am I really going to give up so easily after coming this far?
Sometimes, you hit a slump because you feel that you aren’t making enough progress and as a result, becoming stagnant. However, this could be due to unrealistic goals (see #1) and/or the fact that you put too much pressure on yourself on to be perfect.
In times like this, it helps to look back at your first day and see how far you’ve made it – because we’re pretty sure you’ve progressed quite a fair bit, and are definitely continuing to grow and improve every day. Also, it would be a waste to give up after making it to this point, wouldn’t it? Remember, the journey matters much more than the destination, as it’s what molds you into the person you eventually become. So just focus on improving by 1% daily, and over time, it would all add up.
3) Have I been getting enough sleep?
Sleep is an extremely important component of recovery. So if you aren’t getting enough rest, there’s a chance that your body isn’t able to recover effectively. As a result, your performance in the gym would suffer. When this happens, you would not only feel cranky, but also notice that you aren’t able to do as well as before. Hence, you would think you’ve hit a slump – but all you actually need is more quality sleep to maximize your performance! So make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Psst! You might want to munch on these sleep inducing foods if you struggle to fall asleep at night.
4) Have I been fuelling up with nutritious food?
If your workout slump exists because you feel that you aren’t getting any closer to your body goals, then it could be due to your diet. After all, you can’t out-exercise a poor diet. Unfortunately, we sometimes have the mindset that we “earned” that unhealthy meal because we worked out really hard that day – but thinking like this actually stalls our progress. It doesn’t help that it’s so easy to fall back into old (unhealthy) habits after having that one cheat day after weeks of eating clean.
In order to reap the benefits of your workouts, you have to fuel up with nutritious food throughout the day. Besides helping you to maximize your performance, you would also be helping your body to speed up the recovery process.
5) Am I bored of what I’m doing?
Sometimes, all you need is a change – be it in terms of activity or environment – to keep things exciting and get yourself out of your workout slump. So don’t be afraid to branch out from your usual workout and go for a boxing or yoga class, or change your running route. Besides being a refreshing change, cross training can also help you work different muscle groups and boost your fitness!
So tell us, are you ready to kick your workout slump’s ass and get into the best shape of your life?