With the world opening back up, it would be great to take advantage of the great outdoors. Chances are your workout experience has changed too. It becomes important to identify what worked for you – did you discover a new workout you enjoyed? Did you find a way to hold yourself accountable you didn’t previously have?
By figuring out what has been working for your motivation to work out during this unusual time, you can keep that energy going post-lockdown.
Set Fresh Goals
It’s always great to set some fresh goals to focus on. Research shows that goal-setting helps increase motivation and productivity. Whatever those goals may be for you, just make sure you make them clear, attainable, and with self-love at the forefront!
If you feel comfortable working out outdoors, find a great new bike path or hiking trail to explore. Since you’ve been cooped up for so many months, you’ll not only get the benefits of exercise, but the rejuvenating effects of being in nature, like reduced anger, blood pressure, and stress, and increased feelings of wellbeing.
Find a Group to Hold You Accountable
Studies show that a key ingredient in motivation to work out and consistency is accountability. Try to join a running club, ask your roommate, partner, or a friend to join you, join Facebook groups geared to holding members accountable or even put it on the calendar. Seeing your workout scheduled ahead of time reduces the desire to make excuses!
Don’t Forget to Prioritize Mental Health
Quarantine has been a pretty intense time for everyone. Between the fears of the unknown, the anxiety of financial changes, and the difficulty when it comes to seeing many of the people we love — your mental health might have taken a dip.
Research shows that poor mental health and depression can negatively impact your motivation and energy levels. If you want to keep your fitness game on track, it’s important to take care of your mind and mood, as well.
Keep a Consistent Schedule
As life gets busier again, your schedule is going to become your new partner. While quarantine provided lots of at-home time to prioritize exercise, you might benefit from keeping a stringent schedule that factors in all your other commitments.
New Lifestyle, New Goals and What Works for You
It’s always a good idea to take inventory of our goals and plans. With every new stage of life, it’s healthy to re-assess, find what’s working for us, and leave behind what hasn’t.