I wrote on Friday’s Fitness post that I have been in a bit of a funk. I got a bunch of feedback that told me funks happen to the best of us. I loved hearing about how each of you get out of your workout funk and also deal with the guilt that often comes along with missed workouts so decided to share some of the most common cures for funks and guilt (FYI, yes, “funk” is an official medical term meaning “I wanna sit on my butt and not workout while I watch crappy tv”)
Tips on how to get out of a workout funk:
1. Figure out why you are in a funk. Sometimes a funk is your body’s way of saying “Whoa, Nelly! I need a break“. If so, listen. If you’re being blocked mentally, focus on what is causing your lack of motivation (stress, frustration, etc) and address it head on.
2. Pencil it in. Seeing something on paper or in your Outlook calendar makes it seem more official. If you have a 1 hour block of time set aside for spin tomorrow, you are more likely to go than if you try to plan a workout after a long day of work.
3. Call a friend. I will blow off my plans all the time but wouldn’t dream of breaking plans with a friend. Find an activity that you can enjoy together so that it is fun for everyone.
4. Hit up iTunes. If I am dreading a run I try to freshen up my iTunes library so that I have new tunes waiting for me. Buying a few new songs and putting together a heart pumping playlist helps put you mentally prepare for your workout.
5. Eat better. If I am eating ice cream and french fries every day I am not usually up for working out. Cut back on the foods that make you want to hang out in sweat pants and choose nonprocessed, whole foods. Eat good, feel good.
6. Focus on your goal. Whether it is to lose a few pounds or break a 4 hour marathon, envisioning yourself completing your goal will help give you the push to get moving.
7. Try something new. This is my favorite way to defunk. Friday I tried a barre class in hopes to de-funkify myself. I went again on Saturday. I am officially cured. (more on my barre experience later)
We’ve all been in a workout funk at one point or another. Chances are you have also felt guilty for skipping a training run for an episode of Real Housewives too.
Beating yourself up won’t make you feel better or more energized so try to remember these tips during your next guilt trip:
- Your muscles need rest days. All work and no rest is begging for an injury.
- If you are worried about weight gain, a pound is 3,500 calories. Unless you are Michael Phelps you aren’t burning that in a workout so don’t stress over a few missed gym sessions.
- Try to do light activity. Go for a walk after dinner, stretch while you watch your favorite tv show. Chances are as you start to move, you will start to feel better and break the funk.
What are your biggest guilt fears when missing a workout (or 5)?
I am always convinced that I will lose all of my fitness after missing a few workouts which is of course not true.