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Are you lacking motivation to workout right now?

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธโ€ฆ โฃโฃ
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Itโ€™s dark, itโ€™s cold, and every night around 4:30pm Iโ€™ve been cringing at the thought of getting started with my workout. โฃโฃ
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Staying home on my couch with netflix & dinner seems so much more appealing. โฃโฃ
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Iโ€™m tired, my energy is low and honestly, my motivation to workout has been slim to none. โฃโฃ
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๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž? โฃโฃ
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As a trainer I see this happen every December: empty gyms, ghosting clients, and canceled workouts. โฃโฃ
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๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž. โฃโฃ
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด: โฃโฃ
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โ†’ Thanks to the holidays, youโ€™re busier, more stressed, more overwhelmed, and making a workout a priority on your endless to-do list just doesnโ€™t seem practical. โฃโฃ
โ†’ Time changes, darkness at 4pm, and cold weather are never fun. Less vitamin D, less sunshine, and impaired sleep may lead to more stress, anxiety, depression, and just overall lack of energy. โฃโฃ
โ†’ Youโ€™re experiencing a little bit of that all or nothing mindset. If youโ€™re just going to be eating all the Christmas cookies later, does a workout really make sense? Once itโ€™s January it will get easier and youโ€™ll be able to start fresh. โฃโฃ
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But hereโ€™s the good news: itโ€™s possible to make some changes now so you donโ€™t have to put off your health until January. โฃโฃ
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Take action and ๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐“, even and especially when youโ€™re not feeling it. The hardest part is starting and usually once you get going youโ€™ll be just fine.โฃย 

So how do you actually do that?

  • Promise yourself youโ€™ll just make it through the warm up. If after that, you still want to stop, full permission. (disclaimer: Iโ€™m 99% sure you wonโ€™t) โฃ
  • Remind yourself of how youโ€™ll feel afterwards. As cheesy as it sounds you really donโ€™t ever regret a workout, and youโ€™ll most likely feel great after. Also keep in mind how youโ€™ll feel if you skip it, likely a little disappointed, regretful, and still low on energy and mood. โฃ
  • Recruit a buddy. Itโ€™s a whole lot easier to show up for someone else than it is yourself. Sign up for a class (even if itโ€™s online) to hold yourself accountable, meet a friend in person, via zoom, or simply send a check in text once your workout is complete. โฃ

Here are some other simple tips to try:

  • Have a Game Plan of what you’ll be doing
  • Schedule your workouts into your day like an important meeting or appointment
  • Put a new playlist together, listen to a podcast, etc..
  • Get outside and go for a walk instead
  • Take a different class or try something new
  • Track your progress (log your workouts, use a step tracker, watch, etc…)
  • Work towards a goal (think chin ups, push ups, lifting PR, etc…)
  • Sign up for a race, event, or competition to train for
  • โฃHop into a challenge
  • Remove the guilt! If you need rest day, take it.

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Do the best you can and remember that something is ALWAYS better than nothing. The best thing your workout can give you this time of year is therapy and a big old energy and endorphin boost. It may be the very thing youโ€™re missing to feel more motivated, so itโ€™s time to stop the vicious loop by taking action. โฃโฃ
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๐†๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ. โฃโฃ
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๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜บ!โฃโฃ
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And tell me, how are you workouts going right now? ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ? ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด? ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ? ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ? Fill me in โฌ‡๏ธโฃโฃ
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