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Let’s face it, rainy weeks make for lazy days.  Are you having trouble motivating yourself to get running or to workout?

Here are three tips to get you motivated:

1. Switch it up.

If you have an exercise form from which you rarely stray, maybe it’s time to see if the grass is greener. You may believe that you’re a true blue yogi, but if you can’t seem to get on the mat these days, perhaps you need a new tune for your body to sing.

So fold up the mat and fill up your bike’s tires. Put away the yoga block and pick up some boxing gloves. Trade the Savasana for some good old-fashioned squats. Explore the unfamiliar without judgment and with a beginner’s mind, and see if what used to be physically dissonant now feels like perfect harmony. The mat will always be there when you’re ready to zero back in on the Zen.

2. Grab a friend.

If you can’t keep your workout promises to yourself, enlist a partner in crime to get you off the couch. Ask a loved one, friend or sibling to sign up for a structured six-week program with you.

Commit to meeting your comrade at the base of the running trail three times this week. Plan a luxury weekend you two can enjoy as a reward for sticking to the routine and reaching your goals. Encouragement, support and camaraderie go a long way when it comes to renewing your commitment to your health, so find that fitness friend you can really rely on.

3. Enlist the help of a professional.

Whenever I’m “phoning it in” at the gym, I hire a trainer to give me the boost I need to transcend my physical and mental plateau. A good trainer can observe poor body habits and help correct your form so you access parts of your body you’re not readily accustomed to using.

This isn’t only physically beneficial — it also stimulates your brain so you’re more excited by and invested in the workout.

A trainer can also provide encouragement and tough love in the right doses, so you’re pushed to your limit but not over it. We rarely have the self-motivation to walk the razor’s edge, but a good instructor will know how to take us there so our body changes and our self-confidence grows with each lift, each squat, each curl.


Contact us at 215-968-0600 X 105 or e-mail about scheduling a free consultation with a NAC Fitness Professional and learn how we can help you get better fitness results in less time.