Why COVID-19 is destroying your Motivation
Covid-19. Coronavirus. Lockdowns. Social Distancing. Isolation. Are we adapting to the “New Normal”, or are we just trying to make it through to the other side and back to our “real lives”?
No matter who you are or what your situation is, one thing is for sure: the Covid-19 pandemic has likely impacted you in a major way. Many of us have had to deal with significant changes in our day-to-day lives; and even though it is crucial for our mental health and well-being, an unfortunate side-effect has been that many of us are struggling to find the motivation to keep active.
WHY AM I STRUGGLING SO HARD TO FIND THE MOTIVATION TO WORK OUT DURING CORONAVIRUS?
First of all, know that this is totally understandable and stop feeling guilty! If your fitness and workout routines have been important to you for a while, then it can be confusing and upsetting to feel like all of a sudden you just can NOT seem to get yourself moving.
Here’s why you may be lacking motivation and what’s making you fall off the fitness bandwagon during COVID-19:
- Your Structure/Routine Is Gone
- You’re lacking social connection and ACCOUNTABILITY
- You’re a goal digger, and currently have no goals to dig
- You’re putting too much pressure on yourself
…Anything sound familiar? Here’s the bright side: If you think that this might be you, you can do something about it!
Your Routine Is Gone
Sound Like You? Try This: Give yourself some structure and a consistent routine and stick to it – even if it takes several tries to figure out what is most sustainable to fit into your lifestyle. Establishing a new routine can be hard to get started, but it’s worth it if it will keep you from feeling lost or procrastinating your workout. It removes the necessity of self-starting your motivation each day, because once a familiar routine becomes an engrained habit (e.g., working out first thing in the morning, or directly after you clock-out of work) it’s much easier for you to stay consistent.
You’re lacking social connection & accountability
Aside from missing the social connection (which, let’s be honest, at times keeps us going when our motivation is lacking), there is also the accountability aspect, which basically means that if you work out with your tribe (or a friend!) and you don’t show up, they’re gonna call you out on it!
Sound Like You? Try This! There are other ways to find community during social distancing. You can even find your Lockdown Tribe with us by joining our Zoom Classes! And if this isn’t your thing, you can also join an online community like Strava or Garmin: both of them offer a way for you to connect with others and get inspired. Finally, if you absolutely need some in-person interaction to get motivated: coordinate with a friend and get eachother moving!
You’re a Goal Digger
You’re putting way too much pressure on yourself
Be good to yourself. Give yourself some time for the trial-and-error of figuring out how to get comfortable with a new fitness routine that works for you… and don’t hold yourself to the same set of standards as when your training conditions were ideal. You absolutely can attain and maintain whatever type of fitness you were able to do before, but give yourself the gift of grace by allowing yourself to navigate through this without the added pressure of demanding too much of yourself and expecting it to happen overnight
You can do this! We can do this!
We are happy to offer online support, guidance, motivation or tips to anyone who may need it during these times. You can reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram, or email to [email protected]
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