When it comes to training and maintaining a fitness program, one aspect that often gets overlooked is finding the joy in what you're doing. What is joy exactly? One definition defines joy as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Now that we know what
joy means, the real question is:
How do we find it in our fitness program?
When I think back to my last competition preparation season, what helped me find the joy in every movement, set, and rep I did, was purpose. Purpose led me to joy, which then gave me the fuel to continue on the mission---to get my body competition ready---when my mind and body told me I was too tired to go to the gym, too tired to practice my posing, too tired to prepare my meals. I was able to push past those barriers and experience the greatest and most pleasurable competition season of my life.
Did everything happen perfectly? No. I definitely experienced setbacks, but I knew what I was doing was greater than just looking good. I wanted to embody what was physically possible when we decide to commit ourselves, not just to our health, but to ourselves through discipline and self-belief. Because I had my mind set on my purpose, I was able to overcome the challenges that I faced with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
As wonderful as I may sound recanting this experience, I'm no more special than you. With the right perspective and intentionality, the very same can happen in your life.
Last week, we discussed reaching out to your tribe when you feel like giving up on your fitness goals. However, if you still find yourself dreading working out or sticking to your meal plan, this is a strong indication that you need to get your joy back. We don't want you to stay in this rut, so here are three tips to help you get back to a place of joy:
1). Switch things up.
Get out of the routine of doing the same old exercises. Try new machines or exercises. If you normally do cardio indoors, why not try going outside or taking one of many classes we offer at The Fit Clinic? The possibilities are endless!
2). Rehearse what you're grateful for.
There are many things for you to be grateful for that you might be overlooking. Your body has carried you through many challenges and has been able to perform in ways one could only imagine. Give it and yourself some credit! Having a heart of gratitude is a great way to shift your perspective.
3). Remember your why.
You started this fitness journey for a reason and why you chose now to take these steps. Get back to your mission and you'll find your purpose again.
You may feel like you're stuck right now, but it's only temporary. When you re-discover your purpose, you'll find joy. Implementing these tips will help you get back to enjoying the journey again. Don't give up. You got this!
Motion, Muscle & Mindset,