Have you ever stopped one day and realized that you haven’t participated in a single one of your exercise routine for days, weeks, maybe more?! If the answer is “NO”, then I applaud your ability to break through the wave of reality roadblocks that seem to throw many of us off track. For those of you that can relate to that slump that I am talking about, know that you are not alone, and this is for you!
You want to talk about excuses, I can find them. The clothes need to be folded, the dishes need to be washed, and who else is going to cook dinner? And that just barely scratches the surface of what I can come up with. Slipping down that slope is so easy. When chores and responsibilities build up, you sometimes find yourself letting something fall to the wayside. After all, there are only so many hours in the day. So, maybe it’s your fitness routine that gets the raw end of the deal. Before you know it, you’ve entered a slump and have a hard time getting back in the habit of focusing on you!
So how can we break the fitness slump?
- Make your exercise routine enjoyable! Improving your physical health and focusing on a exercise routine shouldn’t feel like a dreaded chore. I’m not saying that you will always ooze with pure happiness, but you shouldn’t feel as though you would rather lie in the middle of a busy street than work out. Add in routines and exercises that you enjoy. Whether it is lifting weights, practicing yoga, working on your dance moves, or playing basketball – make sure you enjoy it! I personally love yoga and dancing (I said I love it, not that I am good at it 🙂 ). If you do too, or are wanting to check it out, why not try out Yoga With Adriene or Club Fitz?!
- Remember why you are doing it. We all have a reason for starting our fitness journey and focusing on our physical health (see Finding Your Reason “Why”). When you feel unmotivated to pick that routine back up, stop and refocus. Remember what motivated you to start, and use it to help get that kickstart you may need again!
- Try something different. So maybe you fell into a slump because you got bored with your routine. Hey, it happens. If you’re bored with what you have been trying, maybe it is time to mix it up a little. Yoga isn’t everybody’s jam in the same way that weight lifting isn’t as well. If you’ve been doing something for a while and are losing interest, tuck it to the side a little and try something else out.
- Don’t get worked up about it. It’s easy to feel guilty and get mad at yourself when you do realize that that you may have slacked off a little. Don’t beat yourself up. Be Kind to YOU. Stressing over exercise may have even been the reason you ended up in that slump. This is a process in which you can progress. Relax and enjoy it.
- Just do it. Are you still sitting there and reading this thinking, “But I still don’t want to” or “I just don’t have time”? Well, the most effective way to overcome those excuses is to just get up and make it happen. Go on now, no need to hesitate! 😉
Have you ever fallen into a fitness slump? Are you in one now? What did you do, or are planning to do, to overcome it?