When I was kid playing little league, I would go through slumps every season. It was one of those things that I knew was going to happen. The question was, how would l get myself out of it? When I was 12, I thought it was something physical that was causing me to play bad.
Somehow, my body just wasn’t able to get its act together and get a hit. The longer the slump lasted, the more I would think about it. The more I thought about it, the harder it seemed to get out of it. It wasn’t long before it was all I was all I was thinking about.
Please Dear God, let me get hit!
And then just as fast as it came on, it passed. I was back to get getting a hit on more consistent basis when I was up to bat. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized the slump had nothing to do with my body.
The real culprit was between my ears. If you really read what I just said there you will notice that my problem was all mental. In short, I was overthinking things to the point where it was holding my natural ability to just play hostage.
It happens to all of us. It could be everything from little league to dating to trying to pass a test to get a license for your job. Whatever the task, it becomes a bigger issue then we need it to be. Instead of reacting, we let the hamster spin the wheel in our brains a little faster than we need it to.
Sound familiar? As we embark on the beginning of a new year, I thought it necessary to share five tips for getting yourself out of your fitness slump. Nothing here is difficult, will scare you or even probably amaze you when you read them.
Yet they work and have worked for me since 1993, when at 17 years old, I embarked on my exercise career. Here’s the kicker – they are all require the thing between your ears to get you in motion.
Tip 1 – Weekly Time
My favorite fitness slump tip of all time is this one. It goes like this.
How many minutes are in a week? 10,080
How many minutes a week should you workout (unless you are training for the Olympics)? 100
What is the percentage of time that 100 minutes equals? Less than 1% of your total time each week.
The fact is, nearly all of us have less than 1% to give to exercise.
Tip 2 – Write Out 3 Fitness Goals
It is truly amazing what writing things down will do for you when you are going through tough times. Writing gives you perspective on where you have been and where you are going.
I have had the honor of interviewing some amazing people who have incredible motivating health stories and great percentage of them turned to writing to help them get through the adversity.
Which means you can write out three (that’s right, just three) fitness goals to help you get of the couch. Three is the number I suggest because anything more sounds to much like work and the last thing we want is for exercise to sound like work.
Here’s an example:
1. I will run a mile without stopping in 90 days
2. I will workout at least three times a week for four months
3. I will be able to fit in my jeans by Spring
In Greek mythology, the god of Slump was destroyed by the god of Goal. It works.
Tip 3 – Resistance Bands
That’s right, I have seen the future my friends and they are in the form of rubber. Who knew it was possible to have an entire home gym that could literally (and I mean literally) travel anywhere on planet earth?
Resistance bands burn, tone, build and allow you to get a great total body workout in without spending a ton, all from your home and with easy return on investment opportunity. If you are reading this, it probably means you are seriously wanting to pick up your exercise game.
Give bands a try and kill the slump.
Tip 4 – Fitness Plan
Next time you have to travel to unknown destination, I want you to try and get there without any directions. Better yet, try to get there without dropping an F bomb and waving the middle finger. Is that just me?
One thing for certain is that a fitness slump, is sure to stay in the slump without a path. Like the destination above, when we try to exercise without an overall plan, we tend to go in circles. And if you are trying to break your fitness slump, you need fitness directions.
What a fitness plan will do more then anything is give you some small wins, which are much needed when you are trying to find your groove. Wins build confidence and confidence, well that is one of the most powerful things the human body can possess.
Tip 5 – Stop Being Nice
Find a way to make yourself compete against some you know. Perhaps your neighbor things they are better or you have a family member who is need of reality check by your work at perfecting your body. Whatever it is, you have got to find the competitive spirit if you want to break the slump.
No more working out with friends. The most important tip I have ever given anyone when it comes to working out is this – exercise by yourself! It is your 20 to 30 minutes of private time to transfer the stress from your body to the equipment you are using. You no longer have time to listen to Sally or Mike’s problems.
End your slump today by trying these five tips. By the way, these five tips go well with the Fitness Made Easy platform. Perfect for the man or woman with the fitness slump blues.
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