I kinda got to thinking as I was servicing my teeth in the bathroom last night. Don’t read into that. It means brushing.
Where was I. Oh yes, that’s right. I thought to myself: “How would i motivate myself to train if i suddenly lost all the will to do so?”.
The answer for me (and everybody is different) is to shock myself into action. By that I mean, remind myself of the ‘Clint’ I used to be, and how much better my life has become since I kicked his tubby, man-boob sporting arse to the curb.
#1 Keep an old photo by your bedside
Find the most ridiculous photo of yourself from before you started exercising and blow it up to 8″x10″ in size. Now frame that f*cker and sit it on your bed-side table.
When the alarm goes off at 5.30am, you’ll rollover to the sight of your previous existence and jump out of bed with a new found gusto.
#2 Wear tight clothing and sit on the end of your bed
I’ve mentioned this in a previous article, but in a different context. The next time you’re debating whether to exercise – go to your closet, put on a tight fitting pair of jeans, then sit down on the end of your bed with your shirt off and look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, hit the gym.
#3 Watch an episode of the biggest loser
Ok, so I don’t usually advocate watching crappy reality TV, but witnessing people morph themselves from the Hindenburg into circa 1985 David Hasselhoff can be marginally inspiring.
#4 Watch Rocky IV
Let me first say that I’m a HUGE Rocky fan. All the movies have their merit (besides maybe the fifth one), but the one that inspires me to train the most, would have to be Rocky IV. It has one of if not THE best training montage of ALL TIME.
This is the kind of sh*t that would inspire even Jesus.
#5 Start something new
When your motivation to exercise is waning, it might be the BEST time to try something new. Change is definitely as good as a holiday… well almost.
To wrap it up
When you’ve lost all of your motivation to exercise or even get yourself out of bed in the morning, you just need to remind yourself of how good you’ll feel afterwards and also that entire cheesecake you’re planning on eating at the weekend can be consumed completely guilt free.
Clint’s Note: What do YOU do when you’ve lost all motivation to exercise? Comment below.