How I Find Workout Motivation When I Need It MostBy Katrina Scott on
This guest post comes to you from Studio Tone It Up trainer Chyna Bardarson. Chyna is a NASM certified personal trainer, specializing in kickboxing, HIIT, and strength training. All opinions expressed in this column are her own. Hey girl! I wanted to write you a little something that I’ve been thinking about since the New Year. It is about the concept of motivation because, if I’m being honest, sometimes one of the hardest things for me is to "feel motivated." I used to always think that motivation was this magic spark I was supposed to feel. So if I wasn’t always feeling motivated to work out or eat healthy (especially as a trainer) I just felt like a fraud. First thing I want you to realize is that it is not only OK, but entirely normal and needed, to sometimes have phases of feeling unmotivated. Once I made the distinction that motivation isn't a feeling, everything changed! This is actually what it is all about. The journey isn’t to base everything off of how we “feel,” but rather what we have commited to. It is completely OK to feel unmotivated — you don’t need to get down on yourself for that. What matters is what you do with those feelings. I relate it to love. Love isn’t just a feeling. It is a verb. An Action. A commitment. I think that is an important truth to get right in our mind before diving into the topic of motivation further. It is OK if you are feeling unmotivated some days, because this is where you get to practice commitment — even when it doesn’t “feel” easy or entirely natural. Now, the question is how do I get myself motivated to get a sweat in if I am not in the mood for it? Here are a few of my top strategies that might work for you too!