How to Get Your Fitness Mojo Back

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You know that feeling when you’ve completely lost your groove, and even the thought of breaking a sweat feels like climbing a mountain? Yep, I’ve been there too. That’s why we’re diving into the topic of reclaiming your fitness mojo. 

We’ve all had those days when the gym seems like the least appealing place on Earth or when you simply can’t find the energy to lace up those running shoes. And let me tell you, it’s perfectly normal. Sometimes we lose that spark due to a lack of structure, accountability, or simply because life gets overwhelming. But guess what? It’s time to turn that around, and I’ve got some insider tips for you that could be game-changing.

Before we get into it, though, I want to give a shoutout to episode #794 of The Chalene Show, where I delve deeper into this topic and share some personal experiences and tips. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one. 


So go ahead, make yourself comfortable and let’s get that mojo back! Keep reading, and be sure to tune into the podcast for a more in-depth discussion. Let’s get excited about feeling amazing again, shall we? 🌟


Feeling Amazing After Exercise: The Emotional High That Keeps You Coming Back

If you’ve ever experienced that euphoria following a solid workout, you know it’s like a high that’s hard to describe. What is this sorcery? Well, it’s what keeps us coming back for more. That post-workout feeling is a potent mixture of accomplishment, depleted muscles, and what some would argue is a hint of invincibility. Whether your hair’s sticking to your sweaty forehead or you’re letting out that final breath of relief, it’s all part of the glorious aftermath. This emotional payoff is perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of fitness. Instead of focusing on the daunting task ahead or that one terrible workout that left you drained, aim for this feeling. It’s your emotional ROI (Return on Investment), and it’s powerful.

Why Making Fitness a Daily Habit is Crucial: Focus on the Reward

You know, it’s funny, the most impactful rewards from fitness aren’t always the ones we can see in the mirror or on the scale. Sure, those are great markers, but let’s get real here: what makes a habit stick is the focus on the benefit. The real treasure? It’s the way you feel. When you’re wrestling with procrastination, sometimes the sweetest carrot at the end of the stick is the promise of that feel-good energy. That’s why, when you’re just not “feeling it,” a great way to get in the mood is music.

Music and Mood: The Ultimate Fitness Playlist for You

Yep, you heard it right. Music has the power to change your state of mind instantly. Create your own motivational playlist on Spotify, Apple iTunes, or wherever you jam out. It doesn’t have to be a long list—just four or five songs that pump you up. Whether you need a lift in spirits or an energy jolt, the right tunes can transform your workout and elevate your mood. So go ahead, hit play and get moving!

Environment Matters: Re-Energize Your Workout Space

Ever walk into your workout area and just… ugh, not today? A stale environment can seriously impact your mojo. It might be time for a change of scenery. Whether it’s joining a different gym, shifting to an outdoor space, or simply rearranging your home workout area, a new setting can make a world of difference. When COVID hit, many of us got innovative with our spaces. It highlighted the significant role that our environments play in our overall energy levels, so don’t underestimate the power of a refreshed setting.


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Timing is Everything: Scheduling in Fitness

The importance of a fixed workout schedule cannot be overstated. It brings structure to your routine and keeps you accountable. If your usual workout time isn’t jiving with your lifestyle anymore—maybe you keep bumping into friends and losing precious minutes—consider changing it up. Go during off-peak hours if you can; it might make your gym experience more efficient and enjoyable. The point is, have a plan and stick to it. No more “I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Accountability Partners: Not Just a Trend

Sometimes the hardest part is showing up. That’s where accountability comes into play. Whether it’s a paid fitness class, a personal trainer, or a check-in buddy, having someone to answer to can make a world of difference. Even fitness pros sometimes need that extra push, so don’t be shy to reach out for help. Swap workout stories with your partner or share your day’s fitness achievements. The simple act of acknowledging your efforts to another human being can be incredibly motivating.

The Energy Paradox: How Exercise Boosts Your Energy Levels

Contrary to what you might think, feeling tired isn’t a valid excuse to skip exercise; in fact, it’s a compelling reason to get moving. Recent studies suggest that regular physical activity can significantly boost your energy levels, even if you suffer from chronic conditions like fatigue syndrome or diabetes. The more you exercise, the more energy you have for further exercise. Yeah, it’s a little mind-boggling but true. And get this: exercise has been found to be more effective than stimulant medications for boosting energy. So, the next time you’re debating whether to lace up those sneakers, just remember: energy begets energy.

Exercise as Medicine: The Undeniable Psychological Benefits

Let’s not forget that exercise is often considered the most underutilized antidepressant. It’s true. Physical activity releases endorphins that combat feelings of sadness, depression, and anxiety. In some cases, it even outperforms medication designed for attention disorders and narcolepsy. So, if you’re feeling down or low on energy, don’t underestimate the psychological lift a good workout can provide.


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Why Finding Your Ideal Workout Time is Crucial for Fitness Success

If you’ve been tuning into my podcast, you know that I used to be an early bird, hitting the gym at 5:30 AM. But here’s the thing: I’ve evolved. I came to realize that it doesn’t make sense to compromise sleep just to avoid gym crowds or interruptions. So now, my golden fitness hour is around 7:00 AM. What’s crucial is that you find a time that respects your body’s need for rest while also setting you up for an interruption-free session. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

The “Backup Hour” Strategy

Life’s full of surprises, and not all of them are gym-friendly! So what do you do when your ideal workout time is suddenly not an option? Have a backup time! For me, it’s 1:00 PM. It’s post-lunch, the gym is less crowded, and I can focus on my workout with the same intensity. The moral of the story? Always have a fitness “Plan B.” That way, your fitness goals stay on track, even when life tries to derail you.

Mastering Adaptive Fitness by Listening to Your Body

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of rest days. You’ve heard me say this before: I don’t schedule my rest days. Instead, I listen to my body. If I wake up feeling like I’ve gone ten rounds with a MMA fighter, I switch gears. Maybe I’ll opt for a power walk or a less intense Peloton ride. The goal is to keep the blood pumping without going overboard. Your body will tell you what it needs, so be sure to listen. Adaptive fitness is the name of the game here.


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Your Body is a Gift: Don’t Take it for Granted

Seriously, friends, we’ve got to talk about how blessed we are to be able to move. I visit care facilities and see people who can’t, and it’s a reality check. Your body is a divine gift, so treat it like one. Exercise is not just about looking good; it’s a profound way to honor what you’ve been given. The next time you feel like skipping a workout, remember those who can’t and let that inspire you to give it your all.


Time to Get Your Fitness Mojo Back: What’s Your Move?

So there you have it: my top tips for figuring out your perfect fitness schedule, having a plan B, and listening to your body. What are you waiting for? Time to make a decision, you guys. Whether it’s hiring a trainer, getting excited about some new leggings, or simply committing to making fitness a priority, the choice is yours. Don’t let negative self-talk age you or turn you into that person always complaining about aches and pains.

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And hey, if you really can’t stand the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn like I used to, you’re gonna want to check out episode #794. It all circles back to how good you feel when you commit to physical well-being. So crank up that playlist, refresh your environment, and keep your eye on the emotional prize. The road to fitness is paved with good vibes, my friend.


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