- 12-14-2009, 07:56 PM
Can't figure this out... Previous of a month ago I was a 4-7 day a week work out kind of guy. All of a sudden I've become somewhat depressed and very stressed out due to home, work, and $ issues. Now I have a hard time with motivation... i.e. just getting up and going to gym, running, short quick work-outs to promote energy ect. Over this past month I've played b-ball 1-2 times per week and lifted maybe 1 day if I was lucky each week. Most of my day has been spent just sitting around being stressed out wondering why I don't have the motivation to go work-out. Trouble is that working out has always been my natural anti-dep and anti-stress "medicine".
If there is some advice out there I'd appreciate it. I know pills and supps are not everything, but maybe there's something out there that will help at least in the short term to get my ass moving again!
- 12-21-2009, 12:44 AM
Intrinsic motivation is very hard. Motivation is easier when it's a car you want, a girl, an A grade, etc. Bodybuilding isn't an over night, or even a short term achievement, which discourages a lot of people (hence the obesity epidemic). Before I offer you what helps me, let me ask (as this will greatly effect energy levels, depression, lethargy, motivation) are you currently taking any anabolics? Orals or injectables will have a pronounced effect on these factors. If not, my best advice to you is to go back to setting goals. Give yourself a written reminder of what it is you wish to accomplish in the daily, weekly, and longer time frames. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals, and WRITE THEM DOWN!! That's a big part; write them down. If you're unfamiliar with S.M.A.R.T. goals, they're Specific (lift x pounds on bench press, not "get ripped") Measurable (use pounds lifted, miles run, etc) Attainable (something you can do to achieve your goal-workout 3-4 days per week, etc) Realistic (not with the Sandow in 2 years, or outrun Usain Bolt tomorrow in the 50 yard dash) and Timely (when are you going to acheive this goal? - weeks, months, years?)
I usually set my goals 8-12 weeks apart. I've found that this gives me enough time to accomplish realistic goals, and it lets me evaluate my progress. And each time, my goals get loftier. Had I set a goal for 1 year away, I'd have fallen off course by now, but having small, incremental goals keeps me on track, and I find that a year later, I crushed that original goal.
Good luck to you, I hope any of this long winded reply might have helped. Biggest thing; write them down!!
01-17-2010, 03:14 AM
I just made a copy, but added some questions in. I would sure appreciate your input. Here is a link to my other thread where my question is - anabolicminds.com/forum/training-forum/143823-motivation-after-injury.html
01-18-2010, 12:40 PM
I believe everyone has motivation issues one way or another. You just need to find that special thing that motivates you. For me I try not to think about what in my life is bringing me down.
01-18-2010, 01:01 PM
get a pre workout supp like jacked or no xplode and put a playlist together on an ipod you'll be pumped
01-20-2010, 05:36 PM
i personally would not use pre-workout supps yet reason why is when you come off you most likely will crash and worsen the problem.I would fix things naturally first and spark your self through a mental motivation within after weeks of gaining your motivation back you can take pre-workouts to boost your already motivated self.Also in the mean time i would take zma before bed and get good sleep at least 8hrs. if you are taking any sort of caffeine quit it for 1 month the body must rest caffeine is temporary source of energy.
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