When you first stepped into the gym and committed to your membership, everything was super exciting and you just couldn’t wait to get started, to crush all those goals and get into the best shape ever. But somewhere along the way, you might have lost that initial passion, momentum and drive. What used to be the highlight of your day slowly started to feel like a chore, and you even found yourself dreading gym time.
So what went wrong? And more importantly, what can you do to re-ignite the spark that has faded away? Well, if you’re currently past the honeymoon stage with your gym, fret not – because this isn’t the end of it all. And no, you’re not going to end up binge eating in front of your TV and gaining 10kg because we’re here to help!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways To Stay Motivated After Your Honeymoon Period With The Gym Ends:
1) Take a short break if you have to
If you hit the gym daily with no breaks, there’s no doubt you would burn out. And yes, the honeymoon period would probably end earlier for you! After all, you need to get enough rest to allow your body to recover effectively. However, if you’ve been getting sufficient rest but still feel unmotivated because that initial spark has died down, then maybe it’s a good idea to spend a week away from the gym. Who knows, you might actually miss working out when you’re on your break.
2) Look at how far you’ve come since day 1
Sometimes your lack of motivation could come from what you perceive as a lack of progress. But here’s the thing: you actually make more progress than you think. It’s just that you probably don’t notice it as much because progress is a slow, steady thing – and as you know, there’s no such thing as overnight success. So why not look back at where you were a month or two ago, or maybe even your first day? We’re pretty sure you’ll then be able to notice your progress and of course, find the motivation to keep working towards being a better martial artist.
3) Set new goals to work towards
How close are you to your goals? More importantly, how realistic are your goals? If you set unrealistic goals, there’s a higher chance of you wanting to give up because – let’s be honest – those goals are unattainable in such a short time. If you feel that you’re past the honeymoon period, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate those goals and possibly set new ones. By setting new goals, you would be able to work towards new things and of course, have newfound motivation when you go back to the gym. It helps to make sure that these are realistic short-term goals that can lead you to your ultimate goal.
4) Remember why you started in the first place
One of the best things to do when you feel the momentum start to die down is to remember your purpose and why you started training in the beginning. Whether it is to become the best martial artist you can be, or to get into the best shape of your life, take a moment to reflect and think about your reason for starting your fitness journey – it could re-inspire you to get back to it. Perhaps you can also talk to someone who has ever been in your position and get advice (or inspiration) from him/her.
5) Switch things up a little
Going to the gym is like being in a relationship. It is something you have to always choose and more importantly, commit to – especially when things aren’t going very smoothly. So when you find your initial passion fading, perhaps it’s time to spice it up and change your usual workout routine. If you usually only train Muay Thai, why not try a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Warrior Fit class? Or if you’re tired of running that same route, find a new route to tackle – perhaps this small change could re-ignite your interest in a big way.
At the end of the day, it helps to remember that there will always be bad days, so make the good ones count. Also, nothing worth having comes easy, so once you’ve made the decision to commit to your gym, commit wholeheartedly and make every moment count. All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you can do this. Now go forth and get into the best shape ever!