For many of us, lockdown put our fitness goals to the test. Finding the motivation to work out with crazy new schedules, nowhere to go, and lots of fitness restrictions proved to be a challenge. Hopefully, you were able to find a new normal and keep your fitness goals on track.
With social distancing restrictions lifting, many of us will be going back to work and find ourselves busier than ever. How are we going to keep that motivation train going? Here are six tips to maintain your motivation to work out and keep your fitness journey going in a post lockdown world!
6 Expert Tips to Find Motivation to Work Out (Even After Lockdown)
#1 Identify What Worked During Lockdown
Since the world has gone through some major shifts, chances are your workout also experienced some changes too. Identify what worked for you — did you discover a new workout you enjoyed? Did you learn that early morning workouts became your thing? Did you find a way to hold yourself accountable you didn’t previously have?
By figuring out what has been working for your motivation to work out during this unusual time, you can keep that energy going post-lockdown.
#2 Set Fresh Goals
With the start of a new phase, you’ll want to set some fresh goals to focus on. Research shows that goal-setting helps increase motivation and productivity.
Here are some goal ideas if you need a boost:
- I want to go deeper with my new boxing obsession — I’m going to find a great boxing gym to get started.
- I’ve been great at finding small pockets of time throughout the day to walk more. My goal is to walk for an hour a day post-lockdown.
- My meal prepping has been on point in lockdown! I’m going to commit to meal prepping for the week every Sunday going forward.
Whatever those goals may be for you, just make sure you make them clear, attainable, and with self-love at the forefront!
#3 Get Outside
With the world opening back up, why not take advantage of the great outdoors (we’re definitely itching to see some greenery!) If you feel comfortable working out outdoors, find a great new bike path or hiking trail to explore.
Since you’ve been cooped up for so many months, you’ll not only get the benefits of exercise, but the rejuvenating effects of being in nature, like reduced anger, blood pressure, and stress, and increased feelings of wellbeing.
#4 Find a Community to Hold You Accountable
Studies show that a key ingredient in motivation to work out and consistency is accountability. Here are some ways to implement more accountability in your life:
- Join a running club.
- Buddy up. Ask your roommate, partner, or a friend to join you — he or she can help motivate you when you’re feeling sluggish or lazy.
- Join Facebook groups geared to holding members accountable.
- Use the FitOn app! It’s great for working out with friends and can even spark some friendly competition by seeing where you and your workout buddies rank on the leaderboard.
- Put it on the calendar. Seeing your workout scheduled ahead of time reduces the desire to make excuses!
#5 Don’t Forget to Prioritize Mental Health
Quarantine has been a pretty intense time for everyone. Between the fears of the unknown, the anxiety of financial changes, and the difficulty when it comes to seeing many of the people we love — your mental health might have taken a dip.
Research shows that poor mental health and depression can negatively impact your motivation and energy levels. If you want to keep your fitness game on track, it’s important to take care of your mind and mood, as well. Luckily, exercise is known to improve mood, but here are some ways to prioritize mental health so you can maintain your fitness goals:
- Journal. Journaling about your feelings is known to help manage anxiety, reduce stress, cope with depression, and increase positive self-talk.
- Try therapy. Talking through your feelings and stress can definitely help relieve your symptoms.
- Connect with friends and loved ones. You can do this virtually through Zoom or FaceTime, or meet in person if you feel ready to be around others again!
- Eat healthy. Healthy eating has shown time and time again to keep your mood levels up. Plus, proper eating is great fuel for intense workouts!
#6 Keep a Schedule
As life gets busier again, your schedule is going to become your new BFF. While quarantine provided lots of at-home time to prioritize exercise (or at least took away all our fun, social distractions), you might benefit from keeping a strict schedule that factors in all your other commitments.
Combine tip #1 with this tip: if you found that morning workouts really worked for you, be sure to keep those sunrise runs on the calendar!
New Lifestyle, New Goals
It’s always a good idea to take inventory of our goals and plans. With every new stage of life, it’s healthy to re-assess, find what’s working for us, and leave behind what hasn’t.
Use these tips to keep that awesome, healthy lifestyle going as we continue to move forward!