What to do When You Get Into a Workout Funk

Running at sunset

Getting into a workout rhythm is the best. Falling out of one is the worst.
You were going three times a week, you had a consistent habit; and now, now you’re just over it. You go, but it’s painful, you couldn’t want to go less if you tried.
I’ve been there, heck, I am there. Here are a few different things you can do when you just aren’t ‘feeling it’ anymore.

Take a break Young woman reading a book while relaxing on tropical island

If you don’t want to go, don’t. Workouts shouldn’t be punishment, they should be a form of self-care. In my experience, you’ll start to miss that ‘just worked out feeling’ and find a way to make it back sooner or later.

Get some variety Group of Young People Exercising in a Gym

Go to a different gym. Try a different workout. Same old, same old is boring. You don’t have to go long-term either, maybe pay for one or two random classes and go do those – you might find something you like more.

Exercise first Cropped image of businessman preparing gym bag at home

Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing, and leaving it until the end of a long day just means you’re all out of energy and can’t psych yourself up by the time it’s time to work out. Reverse it – it can definitely be more work packing your bag before leaving for the gym in the morning but it’ll be worth it when you can get on with your day and know you’ve already worked out – go to the gym first thing in the morning. Doing things this way round also means you get all those post-workout endorphins to put a smile on your face for the rest of the day!

Get some accountability Happy athletic couple giving each other high five after finishing sports training in a gym.

I’m all about this one. Take a class with an instructor who will miss you if you don’t show up. Or better yet, put money on it with friends. If you don’t go, you pay up, if they don’t, they pay up. Sometimes it just takes a little extra financial incentive.

If blackmailing yourself isn’t your thing, try incentivizing. For example, every time you workout you ‘earn’ 20 cents towards your favorite caffeinated beverage from Starbucks.

Re-challenge Runner using smart watch

A lot of the time we get bored when we no longer feel like we’re being stretched or challenged. So raise the stakes, or set a new goal. It could be something like running for 5 minutes straight rather than run-jog intervals, or it could be something like ‘be able to do a pull up’; whatever it is, having something to work towards is a great way to find new mojo.

Good luck! And remember, have fun with it, this is for you, your body, and your health!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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