By Charlotte Meys
Three weeks into self-quarantine and, if we can trust social media, everyone is turning into acrobatic yogis and ultrarunners. While for some it might be easy to find motivation to work on their fitness goals, for others it might be hard to find theirs outside the comforting walls of our box. Here are some tips to help you make the best out of this challenging situation.
Don’t count on motivation to be the foundation of your actions. In the subtle art of not giving a fuck (which is a great book to read if you’re interested in psychology, human behaviour and self care by the way), Mark Manson talks about the misconception of motivation. He claims that action sparks motivation, not the other way around:
“Motivation isn’t only a three-part chain, it is an endless loop.
The correct order is Action -> Inspiration -> Motivation. If you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, do something, anything, and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself.”
This means that you shouldn’t sit around and wait for motivation. Next time you feel like you’re stuck in an impasse, try to just do something. Start with something with a low threshold, a short run or a couple of daily pushups. This action will most likely inspire you to do more, which will result in a more profound motivation to keep you going.
Create a routine
When the lines between personal, work and family life get blurry because everything takes place under the same roof, it’s more important than ever to come up with a routine and stick to it as much as you can. Parents are using post-it walls and week schedules for their children to keep them having a sense of structure during lockdown, because it’s natural human behaviour to be in need of guidelines and habits. Creating a blueprint for your week means eliminating on the spot decision making. Not only do our brains get tired from making micro decisions all day, you don’t want to give yourself the option to postpone or cancel your workout.
Our Zoom-WODs could help you maintain your routine, since they are on a fixed time schedule and therefore a slightly bigger commitment to the community and (most importantly) yourself.
Find support in our community
It is proven that your fitness journey is more likely to succeed when you have a sense of community, which is one of the main ingredients of CrossFit. While our current situation is quite far from what our Red City community usually looks like, difficult times force us to be creative.
Our coaches do everything they can to come up with creative solutions to ensure you get your workouts in and still try to approach you personally. At the same time we couldn’t be more proud of our members who rearrange their living rooms and balconies, use family members as barbells or simply share their workout or food journey.
We believe this proves that social distancing should be called physical distancing instead. We hope that in these challenging times you can focus on what we can do instead of what we can’t, and use creativity & technology to be as social as possible.
Get in touch (but wash your hands first)
If motivation lets you down anyway, talk to us. Our team will do their best to find a solution that is right for you.
Message through facebook, Red City Family group,whatsapp, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s keep on inspiring and supporting each other, now more than ever.