We’ve all been there. Those hard days where you just feel like giving up. Whether it’s due to being on an intense diet and having very little energy to train, a social engagement that is calling your name, or weather that is making hitting the streets for your morning run nearly impossible. It’s those who can push through this that really go on to see optimal results.
How do they do it?
They have a few tricks up their sleeve. Let’s look at seven secrets that’ll help you keep going when the going gets tough.
Always Have A Back-Up
First things first, if external factors are preventing you from getting your workout in such as bad weather or a schedule that’s too jam-packed to allow you to hit the gym, it’s time to fight back.
Always have a back-up workout on hand for these times. If for instance you can’t do cardio outdoors, come up with a bodyweight circuit training workout that you can do in your basement or living room.
If the gym is simply not happening because you only have 30 minutes, keep some spare dumbbells or even resistance bands at home that you can use for the time being.
Sure, it may not be exactly the same as hitting the gym as you normally would, but doing something will always be better than doing nothing.
Remind Yourself Of Your Reasons
Next, constantly be reminding yourself of your reasons for doing what you are. Are you training for a contest or show? Are you looking to feel better about yourself? Are you trying to ward off disease?
When you’re having a bad day and just don’t feel up to hitting the gym, remind yourself of these reasons.
Sometimes all it takes is this simple reminder of what you are working toward to help get yourself back on track again.
Review Your Progress
Take the time out to review your progress. Note how far you’ve come already. When you’re feeling unmotivated or defeated, a quick reminder of your progress is a great way to get yourself inspired to keep up your effort.
It may at times feel like you’re hardly making any progress at all towards your end goal when you look at it from a day by day perspective, but looking back over a series of weeks or months can completely change your outlook.
Here’s a sneaky trick on those days where fatigue is getting the best of you: promise that you’ll hit the gym and do just ten minutes. Anyone can do ten minutes, so this isn’t asking too much.
Nine times out of ten, once you are there and going, you’ll complete the entire workout. Once you finish up and are leaving the gym, you’ll feel a million times better having gone and done something.
Even if you do have to modify the workout and keep the intensity lower on days you’re feeling fatigued, it’s simply better than doing nothing.
Get Up Earlier
If time is the biggest factor because you know you have a social engagement that evening or have to pick your kids up from soccer practice, make a commitment to morning workouts.
While morning workouts can take some getting used to for those who have never done them before, they are well worth the effort.
Plus, you’ll be able to head off to work knowing you’ve already done something good for your body.
Use A Quality Pre-Workout
Another great option to help combat the fatigue that keeps you out of the gym or the simple lack of motivation is a good pre-workout. A quality pre-workout program will both energize your body and the mind, while giving you focus to get in and get the work done.
With KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED® for instance, you’ll increase your physical energy, help combat fatigue during the workout while boosting your endurance. You’ll also accelerate the overall level of fat burning taking place, and give yourself a mental edge.
Don’t underestimate the difference the right pre-workout can make. It’s often the best remedy for a hard day when you don’t feel like hitting the gym.
Finally, the last quick tip that can keep you going when things get hard is to set daily goals for yourself. Most of us set long-term goals and know precisely what it is, at the end of the line, that we are working towards.
And that’s great. But, it doesn’t do much for those hard days when you need a motivational jolt right now. That’s where daily goals come into play.
Each day, set a goal for that workout session. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to add five pounds to your bench press? Do you want to try and hit an extra rep on your squats? Maybe you want to try a new exercise that day.
Figure out something to achieve that workout session. By giving yourself a clear reason to hit the gym that day, you’ll be less likely to skip it.
So keep these tips in mind. Know that everyone experiences hard days so you certainly aren’t alone. It’s the ability to push through the hard days that will help make you a true champion.