Updated: Jan 9, 2019
January, the popular time for everyone to say new year new me for the 10th year in a row.
I'm not really one for New Years resolutions, don't get me wrong I have personal and business goals for the year but not resolutions as such.
It's now the 8th of January and the first real week of everyone being back to normal, im busier in the gym and the new year new me proud should start knocking at my door in the next couple of weeks.
However I myself have had a bit of a sluggish start to the new year, I was struck down with man flu on Boxing Day and was bed ridden for two days solid with aches from head to toe and a temperature high enough to boil aa kettle and to be honest I'm still hosting a runny nose and cough now nearly two weeks later.
I have found it rather tough to get back into training in this new year, my motivation to train is at an all time low. I'm not sure if that is due to the fact I have this lingering cold still, I gave up trying to train through illness years ago when I realised all it does is prolong feeling ill.
It might be that my training has become a bit stale, I need to shake things up a bit, try something different. My goals have changed hugely over the past four years since my eldest son was born. I used to be very image obsessive, I wanted to be big and muscly and ripped and I trained for that result. So I would be in the gym six days a week, bodybuilding style body part training splits. But now I'm not as bothered about that goal, yes I want to look good and feel good about myself. But now I just want to feel strong fit and healthy. I don't want to nor do I have time to spend six hours a week exercising. My aim now is to work out three days a week fro around 45mins at a time and stay as active as possible around that. I have a puppy so I do a lot of walking now and I am on my feet a lot at work.
So, my lack of motivation has been down this new year. I did my first workout of the new year and to be honest it sucked, I hated it, I found it boring and it showed me I was still actually carrying a bad chest. I did my second workout of the year at the weekend which felt a bit better, but I still don't have that same itch and desire to work out that I used to get if I went more then 24hours without a workout. I don't know I guess its a sign my prioritise have changed over the years, I am now more focused on my clients success rather then my own image and I have a family to think about.
I will find my mojo again I know I will, I have had lulls like this before with exercise and found just mixing things up a bit helped massively. The one thing I try to do the whole time though is keep my nutrition consistent, because if you let your diet and exercise slip at the same time that's a recipe for disaster.
So I guess I just wanted to write this to let you know that even fitness professionals sometimes suffer with the motivation, sometimes just throwing yourself back into that first workout works and sometimes it doesn't. If you are going through this same lull then maybe try something new, try and new form of exercise you have never done before because maybe it's just a case that you got a bit bored of what you was previously doing.
I just wanted you to know you are not alone in the way you feel.
If you have any questions feel free to pop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise I'll see you in the next one