You have been going to the gym for sometime. All is going well and then it hits you: The Gym Blues. The motivation you depended on is gone and the gym is the last thing on your mind. You do not want to go no matter how important you know it is. In my fitness journey I have endured these hard times and weathered them a few tools. Here is what has worked for me.
Just Do It
Yes, Just do it. I know that probably goes without saying but it is a great reminder when you are in the midst of the gym blues. You may not feel like doing it at all but the truth is that if you skip one workout the chances of skipping the next one goes up exponentially. Don’t let yourself skip that workout. I will make a deal with myself. I tell myself that I will just go into the gym for thirty minutes and then go home. More times than not I will start feeling good about ten minutes into the workout and I am energized enough to finish the rest of it. The melancholy fades away with the flush of endorphins.
Change up Your Workout
There is chance that your gym blues are stemming from boredom. You have been doing the same workout for a few weeks and it is working great. But, our bodies have an amazing ability to adapt and will cease to respond to a particular workout. Boredom and frustration from lack of progress can most definitely lead to a decline in gym motivation. Change your workout as soon as you identify this happening. Switch your cardio from the treadmill to a spin class or change up our weekly body part splits in the weights area. Maybe you could go from focusing on strength training to more conditioning. Whatever your choice the change can be very refreshing mentally and physically.
Lean On Your Partner
One of the main benefits of having a training partner is accountability. You know that person will be at the gym waiting for you. You don’t want to let him or her down. Be honest about how you are feeling. I have said on numerous occassions as I entered the gym, “Hey, I am really not feeling this workout today. Please help me get through it.” None of my partners over the last year have let me down. They know me and know how to push me through the melancholy. I am unashamed to lean on people when I have no motivation of my own. Allow some humility and do the same.
Change Your Music
I have my favorite gym music as most people do. Certain genres and songs can keep me motivated. But, when I am in the midst of major gym blues I usually need something new and completely different. Most workouts I do not use my earphones because I am working with a partner. But, on days when I am not with a partner listening to the music can really increase my self motivation. That change of type of music or just turning on the music is often enough for me.
Take Time Off
The last tool is my least favorite tip. I try my hardest to not resort to this tip but the truth of taking time off from the gym can be exactly what you need. I believe that the gym blues can be a cry from your body for rest. You can reach a point of doing too much and your body starts to shut down. That will take a major toll on your emotions. So, take a few days away from the gym. Pursue another hobby on those days and allow yourself to fully rest. And when you come back you will be rejuvinated and more than ready to get some work done.