Mistakes you make after working out! — Creabealounge

You’ve just finished your ‘at home’ workout. You know, because you aren’t allowed to visit the gym just yet? Anyway, most people take a shower right away. However, did you know that there are other things you need to do before that? No worries, almost everyone makes the same mistakes! 1. Skip the cooling down […]

Mistakes you make after working out! — Creabealounge

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Engaging in Sports Is The Best Workout! — Bombay Ficus

If you are anything like me, working out is an absolute priority. Although in this day and age, it is nowhere as close to a priority as it should be for most people. A lot of people will look themselves in the mirror a million times and tell themselves, “you suck, do some crunches. Eat […]

Engaging in Sports Is The Best Workout! — Bombay Ficus

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Getting Your Workout On

Female tennis player hitting backhand on red tennis clay court

Working Out Even When You Have No Drive

One of the most challenging tasks throughout the day is working out when you have no motivation. Growing up playing competitive tennis in the USTA juniors, I felt the experience of having days when I lacked drive and motivation to practice or even compete in tournaments. The worst part about it was traveling to other states for tennis tournaments and attempt to compete in 90 degree weather with no passion for the sport. When you have no motivation to exercise or compete, it often feels like you just want to quit.

But quitting gets you no where exciting when it comes to that realm. The more you allow your lack of motivation to prevail, the harder it’s going to become to get back into a solid routine. That’s because it’s not easy to work out, exercise or competitively play a sport. You have to power through even on the days when you don’t feel like doing it. That’s because if you can get through those days successfully, you often end up with a renewal of energy and interest for your next session.

What you don’t want to do is power through on those days and not enjoy it one bit. This is because it will lead you to burning out rather quickly. I felt that with tennis when I was 14. I was an extremely hard-working tennis player who reached a national boy’s 14 USTA ranking of 69th in the country. But as I entered high school and realized that I didn’t have many friends and that my entire life revolved around going to school and getting yelled at by tennis sergeants at the local tennis club, I lost passion for the sport.

It’s not that I ever disliked tennis to begin with; otherwise, I wouldn’t have played for that long (by the way, I still play tennis today). But as with anything in life, you need a balance of different activities. Even if you are focused on working out, exercising or playing a sport, make time and room for other activities as well, such as socializing, spending time with family and friends and even kicking back and watching a documentary or two. You are not a robot to be doing only one repetitive task continuously.

So whenever you feel burned out or have no drive to work out, remember to push yourself to still get some in that day, but mix it up with other activities as well. On the other hand, you don’t want to just stop working out because then your lack of motivation will take over and you’ll soon lose interest altogether. It’s normal to lose interest in exercising here and there, but don’t lose it completely to the point of quitting.

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Couch Laziness

Lazy adult American bulldog sitting on brown leather couch with pillows

When Exercising Is The Last Thing That You Want To Do

. . . is when you have to push yourself the hardest to get off that comfy couch and jog straight to the gym! You think that couch wants you to get off? You think those beers want you to stop drinking? You think your girlfriend wants you to stop paying attention to her? When exercising is the last thing that you want to do, you do it anyways!

It’s so much easier to come home from work and crash on your furniture; just lay back and browse the internet or surf your cable packages. But within 20 minutes of relaxing on your couch and decompressing after a long day’s work, you begin to experience a nagging feeling within your mind, “get off the couch and head to the gym!”

You then begin to contemplate whether going to the gym is even worth it, “I have to jump in some comfortable clothes, actually get there and then put some effort on the machines or free weights, all while experiencing a crowded environment in-between the hours of 6-8 pm.” On the other hand, the little red bastard demon on your left shoulder is whispering in your ear, “forget that BS! Grab a beer or a fat J and kick back and relax!”

Sometimes you give in to the flesh and do just that. But if you want to improve as a person and lift yourself to the next level (no pun intended), then you have to get off your behind and go lift some weights! It actually doesn’t take that much effort after you develop a consistent routine, and you end up feeling better physically and mentally.

It’s easier to take the lazy and comfy route in life, but are you expecting to gain long-lasting results that way? The harder routes are the ones that pay off dividends in the long-run. But many people lose patience and don’t want to put in the work for that long; these are the folks who never learned or applied the concept of delayed gratification.

When exercising is the last thing that you feel like doing, then you go ahead and do it! It’s as simple as that.

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No Motivation To Work out

Motivated woman working out by running up the stairs outside

How To Find Motivation To Work out

Working out takes discipline and drive; without the two, your motivation to work out will not go a long way. Exercising and staying fit is like a second job but you do not have to view it that way. The positive way to look at it is by acknowledging the fact that exercising is healthy for your mind and body!

A lot of people do not have any motivation to work out because they have never learned how to incorporate an exercise routine into their life. Even if they are interested in starting to exercise, they throw the idea aside when they arrive home from work and feel tired.

Even if you have long days at work, exercising should be looked upon as a fun and exciting thing to do: it refreshes you, provides you with a fresh burst of energy, makes you feel good about yourself, disciplines you and keeps you mentally and physically fit! You just have to remind yourself about these benefits and how happy they will make you.

Do not attempt to jump into an intense workout routine multiple times a week; you will not last long. The key is to build up your drive by starting to work out once or twice a week for 30 minutes at a time. And do not put in a lot of effort. Take it easy and learn to enjoy the process; allow yourself to become comfortable with working out.

As with any new routine, it takes time, discipline, a strong work ethic, consistency and determination to maintain a new positive habit in your life. There will be days when you will feel like giving up, especially early in your training. This feeling is normal, but do not fall for the trap of losing your drive and falling behind on your workout routine. Once you start to fall behind, it becomes very hard to regain your motivation and catch up!

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Working Out Consistently

Woman consistently exercising in gym

Do I Have To Eat After Working Out?

We often find ourselves in a bad mood due to some random event in our lives, and the last thing on our mind is to go exercise or continue with our workout routine. Our bad mood kills our motivation; it’s as if we morph into another person who no longer wants to stick with the routines we had in place.

You cannot let life events that cause you to have a bad mood interfere with your workout routines! You must fight through the pain and utilize your workouts as a source of positive energy; transfer your bad mood into the fitness session and reap the good mood afterwards. Exercise is excellent for your mental health!

The key is consistency. You cannot control life events that make you unhappy but you can control your consistent workout routines! Try going out in nature to exercise; not only will you reap the benefits of physical activity but you will also feel much better due to the therapeutic effect of nature!

And the same applies with eating after working out: you must replenish your body with nutrients in order to revitalize your body and mind! Eating is a discipline; you must train your mind to eat healthy after every workout!

Your body utilizes a lot of energy during running, lifting, swimming and playing sports. If you do not eat properly after these activities, your body will not efficiently reap the benefits of your workouts because you are not providing it with the nutrients it needs to recover.

What you eat is very important! Stay low on unsaturated fats and carbohydrates and stick to a high protein diet mixed with vegetables and fruits; as much protein and vitamins as possible will replenish your lost energy and promote muscle growth and overall well-being. At the end of the day, energy intake must not exceed energy output by too much; keep the ratio at a happy medium!

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