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Struggling with Motivation to go to the gym? Here’s What You Need To Do…

27/11/2018
Struggling with Motivation to go to the gym

“Nick, do you ever lack motivation to go to the gym?”

A client asked me about this the other day…

This client has done awesome, however the last few weeks they’ve fallen off track and found it difficult to keep their momentum going.

The truth is that I think we all suffer with a lack of motivation at times.

ITS TOTALLY NORMAL.

I must admit that I’ve found it difficult at times to get my self motivated for the gym this year….

Back when I was at Sheffield Hallam Uni my main focus was the gym (not uni lol!) I would go for 2hrs a day.

Then when I left uni my 2 main focuses were the gym and building up my business LEP Fitness.

Nowadays I have 3 main focuses, the gym, LEP and family – especially since little Noah came along 🙂

Instead of spending 2hrs in the gym 7 days per week, I now only train 4x per week for 45-60 minutes.

At times I find it hard to balance work/family life. Often working long hours and feeling guilty for it! Any spare time I get I want to spend it with my family and friends and the gym is something that takes up time!

I love training and I always will BUT I do at times struggle with motivation…

BUT here’s the secret…

I TURN UP ANYWAY.

Regardless of how I feel I show up and put in the work. Even if I’ve had 4hrs sleep, and look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. I show up and do it.

This has served me well. I’ve made sure to go to the gym 4x per week this year and I’ve stuck to my goal.

If you’re struggling with motivation, then show up do it any way! Even if you only give 40% effort…

JUST DO IT.

You’ll always feel better after a session.

If your lack of motivation lasts for more than a week then sit down with yourself and chat it out, figure out what’s going on…

Personally speaking these are the things that affect me…

  • Tiredness from overworking
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Neglecting my own health
  • Poor sleep
  • Lack of purpose
  • Poor planning

If I suffer from a bout of low motivation I’ll figure out what’s going wrong and start to address these areas.

For example earlier this year I was very stressed and felt extremely flat, so I made the following changes to my life…

  • Devoted Sunday’s to my family
  • Took Thursdays off to spend time with Noah 
  • Only check emails twice per day (instead of 10!)
  • Switch off my phone after work
  • Tidied up my diet
  • Set goals for the next 10 years
  • Outsourced business work to free up some time

It’s amazing how quickly you can get your mojo back. If you’re struggling with motivation then take some time out and make the necessary changes that will make you feel good again.

Often a lack of motivation isn’t in one area of your life but in multiple…

For example you’re unhappy at work, therefore you eat rubbish and feel like crap, your health suffers, relationships suffer and you have ZERO motivation do anything about it!

Don’t beat yourself up, it happens to everyone. Dust yourself off, reevaluate your priorities, make some positive changes, and start focusing on making yourself happy again.

Thanks for reading,

Nick 🙂

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