In the journey to lose fat, build muscle, and get that beach body toned up, there are going to be times when you feel like giving up. It's easy for me to say "Do not give up, you'll get there" or "I've got you frustrated. While I appreciated their well wishes, they actually did very little for getting me back on track.
When we're on a mission to burn fat and get our bodies into better shape, the main source of motivation to keep pushing is to see results. If you're stuck, now might be a good time to go back and read my article on setting goals. You did read that right?
If you're stuck and feel like things just are not coming together for you, I recommend four things in this order:
1) Take a day or two off from the gym.
2) Reassess your plan and maybe take this time to change it up and make it fresh.
3) Ask yourself what your purpose or reason is.
4) Add some music that drive you
When you take the time off, please be sure to relax. Take your sweetie out for a walk or to a movie or a play. Do what relaxes you and allows you to unwind. There are tricks for unwind AT the gym but I'll get to that in a minute.
Changing up your exercise plan should be done every 3-4 months to keep things fresh and interesting. As well as keeping you interested, it keeps your body guessing. I'm a firm believer that our bodies fall into patterns. When the body is expecting one thing and you throw something completely different at it, it shocks the system and cause it to react.
When you started out, you had some goals and reasons for working out. Maybe you wanted to get six pack abs or get into that slinky little red dress. Maybe you were just sick and tired of feeling down and tired of the way your body looked.
Whatever your reason was to start must be examined now. If you have reached your original goal, is the goal still the same? Do you still want the same thing? It's OK to modify your goal as you get closer to it. Make it a moving target if you have to. Either way, you need to find out what drives you, want it badly and go for it.
If you do not listen to music at the gym, maybe now is a good time to start. It may sound anti-social but I use my mp3 player to block out distractions and stay focused. Times when I'm more than an hour and a half at the gym, my wife will always say "so, who were you gabbing to at the gym this time?" Do not get wrong, they're my friends and I love to chat with them, but my goal is to get in, workout hard and get home to my family so I tune in and go hard until I'm done.
Aside from blocking out the "chatty Kathy's" I highly recommend you build custom playlists for the gym. Pick tunes that get your heart pumping. If you're a dancing machine, pick tunes that make you want to jump up and dance. Me, I like big, heavy rock tunes so I load up on those. Pick enough tunes to last your entire workout and you can even set them up so the calmer ones are at the start and end of your workout during your warm-up and cool down and the more rocking jams are towards the end when you're pushing hard trying to get those last two reps out or finish that cardio set.
Come on, you can do it …. just one more ….. I know you can! I just had to say it!
Source by Mike S Murphy