One of my 6am clients announced this week that since we were heading into Autumn, with the darker, colder mornings, he was going to find it increasingly difficult to be motivated to come to the gym.
I totally get it. It’s hard to get out of bed when it’s dark out. It’s hard to drag youself to the gym when you finish an 8-hour work day and it’s dark out. It definitely gets easier when you have a routine down, but it’s always tough. I love, love, love being a trainer, this is absolutely my dream job. But when my alarm goes off at 4:45am, and I roll out of bed, occasionally my first thought is, ‘Why am I doing this again?’
So, where can you find the motivation when you feel like you’ve lost your drive? It’s actually quite simple. The key to regaining that enthusiasm is to set a goal to work towards. The difficult part is working out what goal to set that will work for you. Everyone has something that works for them. My pre-natal clients have a goal literally growing bigger and reminding them every day that they’re working out for an easier labor, recovery, and health of their baby. For some it’s their wedding day, or college reunion. Maybe you want to be able to pull up your own body weight. Whatever works for you – it’s your goal, and it’s my job to help you get there.
So my 6am client and I need to work out what it is that will keep him coming in. Right now he’s working out to maintain a significant weight loss. Maintenance of weight loss can be really difficult because you can develop weight-loss amnesia. You feel great, strong, fit, you look good, and you can start to slowly forget how long and hard you worked, and how tough it was to diet and exercise your way to your goal weight. If you are maintaining weight loss, I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to continue to reassess your progress, and set yourself new goals unrelated to losing weight.
Set yourself a goal that resonates with you, and the motivation will follow!