How to Get Out of a Rut

We have all been there, workouts losing intensity or focus, eating isn’t on point, and just not feeling all that motivated in general. Working out and eating healthy takes a type of consistency that is tough to keep up over a long term. This is true with almost anything in life, you burn out and things just don’t seem to be going well. It could be after you finally hit a number you’ve been chasing, or it could simply be a lack of motivation. Don’t freak out and worry too much about it, there are a few things you can do to get back in a rhythm with a bigger motivation.

#1 Take a Few Days Off

Sometimes it helps to just skip the gym a couple days and to not eat your normal meal prep. This can be in the form of a vacation or even just a few days of resting without any specific eating regimen. A few days off allows you to refocus your goals, avoid burnout, and should have you ready to lift again the first day back in the gym. It won’t ruin your goals or set you back if it’s just a few days or even a week, but the important thing is to make sure you come back motivated.

#2 Create Exciting Goals

If you have goals that don’t excite you then there is damn near no reason for you to be in the gym in the first place. Having goals that you want to chase and keep pushing forward on will keep you in the gym even when you aren’t feeling like it. Refocusing after hitting big PRs or lifetime goals allow for new excitement in the gym without the downtime that can occur because you know what’s next. Without a goal in front of you then there is nothing to hold you to the gym.

#3 Sign Up for a Competition

Nothing is more motivating than a competition. By signing up for a meet, a bodybuilding show, or competition, your goals and motivation have a date on the calendar. This puts a timeline on your training and gives you something to get better for. It puts a focus on where to go and what to do. If you stay unmotivated in your diet and training then you will lose and no one likes you lose.

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