Question: "I haven't been able to consistently exercise since coronavirus started. I don't seem to have any motivation to work out even though I know I'd feel better if I just exercised... I keep beating myself up over it, but I'm not really making any changes. I feel so frustrated because I've only worked out once. I know I'll feel better after exercising and I used to be able to do it. It was already a bit hard for me to workout before shelter in place, but now I just can't seem to do it."
First off, what you're feeling is totally normal and understandable. We're going through a collective trauma right now and on top of that, it's also fire season in California so it's not always safe to workout outside. There's no need to beat yourself up over it, we'll get through this. I'm glad to see that you're aware of the benefits of exercising, and it's good that you're aware that you would want to incorporate exercise in your life. I know it sounds cliche but the journey of a hundred miles started with a single step!
1. One of the most effective free things you can do is to find a workout buddy. Here's how you can find a good workout buddy to keep each other accountable.
1) Find a fitness instructor on YouTube, IG, or any other platform that you love and want to support. See if their coaching style and philosophy is motivational for you.
2) Share these ideas or links with your workout buddy- see if they're interested in doing the workouts you suggested. If they're not, maybe find a different type of workout or instructor you'd mutually like. If the pitch doesn't seem successful or you can't come to an agreement, try to find a different workout buddy who has similar goals or interests.
3) Stream the workout video at the same time via Zoom, Google Meets, Discord, or any other platform. That way you'll be able to workout live together; some apps may have a lag so you might want to mute yourself while the video plays. It's also a nice time to catch up with each other after your workout.
I talk about a few more free tips on this Youtube channel by The Digital Gym- definitely go check out their page for amazing workout videos as well as fitness tips and advice:
2. Purchase a shiny new gym equipment or workout machine.
I know it sounds materialistic, but getting excited over a new item could be that kick you need to get started. A lot of can envision themselves exercising more when they are in the process of researching new equipment. Plus, if you're throwing down lots of $$, you'll want to get the most out of your money. I've had clients invest in Mirror Home Gyms, Peloton bikes, Tonal workout machines, rowers, and more. These options can get pretty pricey but they can work really well! I've used all the most famous and expensive device out there, but I didn't really feel the need to get one for myself. If they work for you, they work, and that's what matters most.
But... if you can't find an ideal workout buddy, fancy devices don't excite you (or you don't want to be buying more physical things to clutter up your space), or you're just not getting the results you're looking for...
3. The safest and most effective way to lose weight is to hire a good personal trainer (and even a wellness coach, too). A great personal trainer provides accountability, education, and guidance if you have been unsuccessful working out on your own. A personal trainer can teach you exercises with proper form, make sure you're properly warmed up, and lead you through stretches after your workout. Some personal trainers are also well-versed in nutrition and can give you advice on a healthy diet. A wellness coach, on the other hand, can work with you in terms of strategizing, mental fitness, and goal setting for your overall health (this will also help you with your physical fitness as the mind and body are interconnected). Plus, if you're paying $$$ for personal training services (and good trainers will cost money), you'll definitely be incentivized to make the best of it.
I've been wellness coaching for 10+ years: I've worked as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I still teach virtual classes and virtual training. I've seen people achieve their goals with workout buddies, buying equipment, and traditional group fitness and personal training. It all depends on your own personality and what works best for you. If you would like to go through some mental exercises and figure out what's best for you, feel free to contact us and we try to take on as many clients as we can!