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Losing your motivation to exercise? Here’s how to get it back.

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Why you might have lost motivation

 “One of the best things to keep people motivated is staying in a routine. You take that away, you throw it for a loop, and it’s really hard to establish new routines”
Pre-pandemic, it might have been second nature to hit the gym en route to or from the office. Now, if you work from home, and particularly if you’re a parent, the pull toward work or family can easily make you to leave your track from your workout.
Meanwhile, the competitions that provide a “carrot” for many athletes have been canceled or are up in the air.
“According to research, people quit when they have no goal”

Reasons to stay active

While the pandemic may have drained some of your desire to work out, it’s also the reason you shouldn’t ditch your routine.
“Nothing is more important right now than everyone’s health.”
Many sports psychologist, says we need to take responsibility for our own physical and emotional well-being, and “exercise is one of the best portals to do that.”

One of the many benefits of exercise is that it keeps our immune system functioning optimally.
Specialists says more is not necessarily better; working out too intensely or for too long may increase your risk of getting sick.

Exercise is also an excellent tool for stress management. For many of My friend’s clients, it provides an important outlet. She coaches an infectious-disease doctor who hops on her treadmill for 30 minutes at 10 p.m. to decompress after work.
Front-line workers aren’t the only ones feeling pressure; adapting to a virtual work environment comes with its own challenges.

It is stressful sitting at your screen all day and having all these meetings and having zero [in-person] communication.

We’ve shifted to being an indoor society, on screens. Especially now, Exercise is a nice relief.”
“Nature is a wonderful equalizer to all the stressors.”
Going out if possible is better.  And while it won’t help to worry about the future, maintaining a base level of fitness will help prepare you for it.
“You want to set yourself up to be firing on as many cylinders as you can as things move forward."
But how do you get moving when the bed or couch beckon?
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Strategies for staying motivated

Be kind to yourself. First, don’t beat yourself up or attempt to power through if your drive is low right now.

“Give yourself time to get through almost what I call the grieving moment.” 
 Magness

He also says it’s important to allow yourself to do “whatever you need to do.”
Experts says if you can’t muster the energy to work out for a day or even a week, “Give yourself some grace.”
But that doesn’t mean throwing in the towel indefinitely.
“At some point, you have to set some sort of expectation or set some sort of bar And that bar can be really low.”
 As a distance runner, Magness was running six to seven days a week with a focus on becoming “super fit for his next race” before the pandemic. Now, he’s focusing on staying happy, healthy and sufficiently fit to compete again when the opportunity arises. These days, he gives himself permission to walk instead of run.
Staying home has been especially challenging for many parents with young children. Instead of struggling to squeeze in challenging workouts, they’re going for walks with their kids “and maybe doing a few random exercises” — which he says is absolutely fine.
Harrison says that “the most important thing is continuing to move,” even if it’s only a 20-minute walk.

Set new goals. With our lives upended, many of our pre-corona virus fitness goals no longer make sense. If that’s your situation, select a new goal that accounts for your circumstances and priorities.
 The more meaningful your target, the more committed you’ll be to it, so choose wisely.
Experts advises asking yourself what you can do to make yourself feel better as you select fitness goals right now. If, for example, you struggle with back pain, your goal could be to experience no more than two days per week of pain greater than three out of 10 on the pain scale. Achieving the goal might mean completing three 20-minute mat Pilates sessions per week with a YouTube instructor or engaging in yoga or a stretching routine for 15 minutes per day, if those activities tend to be helpful.
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Stay accountable. Once you select a goal, being accountable, even if only to yourself, can help you achieve it. You can keep a simple chart on your phone or your fridge where you can check a box for every day you work out.
Friends and family members can also help you stay on track. If you live in a part of the country where it’s allowed, Go and get some fresh air with a friend.
“Put a mask on and go for a walk with your best friend and laugh for 30 minutes.”.
You could also compete against or collaborate with others, whether it’s over Zoom, or in person with roommates or family. For example, you and your workout buddies could challenge one another to increase your maximum push-up repetitions by a certain percentage each week or compete to see who can do more on any given day. Even if your workout buddy slacks off, the temptation to test yourself can still be motivating.
Since the corona virus took hold, Many fitness you tubers has been offering free group challenges each month that are open to anyone; the goal is to accrue as many points as possible. May’s participants earn points for doing 15 minutes of yoga, completing a bike or run workout without music, or completing 15 minutes of dry land swim drills, to name a few.

Look forward. If you’re feeling too tired to exercise, focus not on how low you feel now but on how energized you’ll be when you’re done, or how you might feel if you skip it.
You must had read in your books when you were in the school about law of Inertia-

A body at rest wants to stay at rest, and a body in movement wants to stay moving.

Changing clothes and starting can be the biggest hurdles.
The promise of a post-workout treat can also entice you to lace up your tennis shoes. A reward might be a dessert or a meal you’ve been looking forward to or anything else you enjoy, such as a show, a hot bath or a scented candle.
Finally, it’s important to stay optimistic. Believing the future will bring races, events and workouts among friends is vital.
“Hope is not a plan and hope is not a strategy, but it sure as heck is a motivating factor for people.”

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