Getting my butt back into the gym has been HARD! I have felt so unmotivated lately and as much as I crave the endorphins and the adrenaline rush, it has been hard to push myself. Especially when for so long, I was encouraged and pushed by my coaches and teammates. As some of you know I was a division one athlete. I got recruited to the University of Michigan to play lacrosse my junior year of high school. Back then, I was training over 30 hours a week. It was crazy demanding, not only on my schedule but also on my body. A little over a year ago I had surgery after I had a career ending injury my sophomore year of college. Although it was extremely difficult for me to adjust to my life without lacrosse, I was able to get involved in so many other activities on campus as well as at my local church that helped distract me and fill that 30+ hour void in my schedule. I was in physical therapy for so long after my surgery and I had been forced to practice every day for the past 10 years of my life that once I was finally cleared to jog/run again I had little to no desire. Not only was I scared that I was going to injure myself again, but I didn’t want to put in the time and effort to get back in shape, especially if it meant training by myself. I had no goals, and therefore no motivation.
Working out today is still a huge struggle. I am a workaholic and so I schedule out every part of my day. Sometimes I love that little extra bit of sleep in the morning, and so I’ll snooze through my workout plans. I have found the keys to my success are a couple easy tricks. First, have a partner who keeps you accountable. Even if they don’t physically go to the gym with you, have someone who asks you about your workout daily or weekly so that you feel more motivated. Secondly, set goals. Maybe you want to be able to run three miles or do 50 squats. Whatever it is, setting goals will help you stay on track. Lastly, remember quality over quantity. Some weeks, I can only get to the gym 2-3 times. But I make sure, those weeks, that I get a great quality workout in so that I leave feeling energized and accomplished.
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