5 Ways to Get Your Fitness Mojo Back

Fallen out of the fitness groove and want to find a way back in? Need some inspiration to get you moving again? Finding a workout that’s fun and fits in with family timetables can be a challenge.

The very first step is to figure out what you enjoy doing – you’re not going to stick at it if you’re doing it through gritted teeth. Find the workout that works for you and get those feel good endorphins running through your veins.

Blow the dust off your training shoes and get off the starting blocks with these ideas:

1. Do it with a friend

Back when my fab friend Suzie and I were neighbours we had a long standing Tuesday morning workout date. Sometimes with a DVD, other times it’d be a workout plan that we’d picked up online or through a friend. In just one hour a week we managed to simultaneously get fitter, solve problems, recommend books/movies/restaurants, suggest parenting tactics and generally provide backup and accountability. Accountability is everything – it’s too easy to opt out if you’re on your own. You need a really good reason to let down a friend!

2. Hit the Gym

The great thing about a gym is the variety on offer. The bad part is the expense, especially if you don’t use it! If you’ve got a gym membership, get on down there and have a look at the class list. Zumba, Fitball, Spinning, Power Yoga, Boxing…. be open to trying anything – you might surprise yourself. Alternate days so you also use the cardio machines and weight equipment. If you’re not sure how something works, get an instructor to show you. You’re paying for membership – so either use it, or drop it. (Better to support a local charity than your local gym, right?)

3. Get fresh

Instead of being a gym rat, get outside. Find a local boot-camp, sign up for tennis lessons, go horse riding, join a running club. Or get a bunch of you together at the weekend and play frisbee in the park. An outdoor workout gives you lots of bang for your buck. The smells and sounds of nature will switch off that internal chatter plus you get your all important dose of vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. (Just 20 minutes outside produces 100 times the recommended daily allowance.)

4. Kid around

Exercise with the kids – play hide and seek, tag, skip rope, dance, kick a ball around, go roller skating. If you’ve got a baby, sign up for buggyfit classes – exercise in the park with your child, get fit and make friends all at once. Playing with the kids makes you feel like a kid and gives you a great opportunity to connect and have fun together.

5. Home base

If getting out of the house isn’t an option, set yourself up with some great online classes. Vicky Warr has an incredible online platform dedicated to health and fitness.

So now you’ve got some ideas to get you thinking – it’s time make a plan of action. Drop the excuses, get up and get on with it!

Use the Project Me Fitness Planner to plot out how you’ll move your body each week. It has a space to write your fitness goal and boxes to tick that you’ve completed each day. Go get ’em! 

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In the comments below, let us know what you like doing to get fit. How often do you workout? Do you do it with a friend? Do you have any fitness goals you’d like to be held accountable for? Share them here!

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  1. Stacey on October 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Set a goal! I am a runner and having a race I have signed up for is excellent motivation. But if that isn’t your thing, you can still set goals for yourself, whether it’s weight loss or just being able to do something.

    • Suzie Shpaizer on October 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Great comment Stacey! I totally agree. There’s nothing like a deadline to motivate you to get you off your butt and out the door.

  2. Debbie on October 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I just started a 12 day detox with a fun group of ladies. Part of that is doing an activity that makes you sweat, but also enjoying a leisurely 30 minute walk every day. I’ve been procrastinating, but scheduled my gym time and walk time on the calendar for the entire week. Kelly always encourages me to write it down!

    • Suzie Shpaizer on October 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      You go Debbie! Well done for getting off the starting blocks and making it happen. Scheduling in your gym time is definitely the way forward – I know from my own experience that if I don’t put it in my diary it doesn’t happen (not only exercise but everything else!). The accountability of doing it with others is also a huge contributor towards success. Good luck with your detox – let us know how it goes!

  3. Lucy on October 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    This advice has arrived at the perfect time as this week is THE week that I get my groove back. I have been to the gym twice, taken the dog of a massive walk (am I allowed to admit that I enjoy the park more with my dog than my kids?) and I have, which for me is a huge achievement, stayed away from the biscuit tin for more than two days. I even went and bought some spinach so that I can make some of those disgusting looking slurpy green shakes your guys rave about – it is time for an overall!!

    • Suzie Shpaizer on October 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Wow Lucy, you got your mojo back big time! Keep up the good work by scheduling in next week’s sessions too. Yes you’re allowed to prefer the park minus your kids, it’s an ideal opportunity to get some of that all important me time. And well done on banning the biscuits – I know how hard that is. I’m working on giving up my sugar fix – I’m currently on sugar-free day 9 and can’t quite believe it. Taking it one day at a time is working well for me. Enjoy your green smoothies – they’re going to make you feel great!

    • Mariah on October 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Lucy, I laughed out loud when you said “disgusting looking slurpy green shakes”. So, so true. Ha, ha.

  4. Mariah on October 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Aw…I love this post. The key for me is getting up at 5:30 am to just get it done. With 4 kids, it just won’t get done unless it’s first thing in the morning.

    Suzie, congrats on Day 9 of no sugar. I’m a major sugar addict, but I’ve conquered the beast! You just feel so much better without it!

    • Suzie Shpaizer on October 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Thanks Mariah! I’m a mother of four too and so am totally there with you on the early starts. It’s a bit tougher now the mornings are getting colder and darker but it just makes me feel so GOOD to know I’ve ticked that box. I go with my eldest daughter which means I not only get to spend some quality time with her but it also makes me accountable – and it makes the rest of the day go so much better too!

    • Sadie on April 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM

      I am with you Mariah, I have to get up at 6am to get that golden time before the family wake up. I have fallen off the wagon big time recently and just found this site last night as I was going to sleep. I am so excited now and am back on it! It has inspired me to not just feel like I ‘will never get there with my health and fitness’ and know that I have to start somewhere! Lets do this! I’ll keep you all posted! 🙂

  5. Pam on January 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Oh…I totally need to get my fitness mojo back. I want to be held accountable for going to a spinning class on Wednesday mornings. I’m going to just start with that. Thanks for giving me the kick in the pants that I needed!

    • Suzie Shpaizer on January 15, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Ok Pam – you are accountable! Schedule that spinning class in for next Wednesday now!

  6. Lucy on January 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Ahoy there fellow green slurpy drinkers. Having had a year of excessive weight gain, I can confirm that I am an out and out sugar addict and it has got way out of control – hence a new year new me health kick. Just for anyone else out there who may be struggling, I am on Day 10 of no sugar and no wheat and I can report I am feeling fantastic for it. The first three days were awful – terrible headaches and feeling nauseous (like the sugar junkie that I am) but after that I felt really good. I have a long way to go but just cutting out the sugar has made a huge difference and I swear those green drinks are working wonders on my skin that no lotion or potion can do.

    • Suzie Shpaizer on January 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Lucy – I can TOTALLY relate to the hideous withdrawal symptoms of coming off sugar – I did it last year and it was tough. 10 days without the sweet stuff – well done! You’ve made it through the hardest stage so keep on doing what you’re doing. It’s great that you’re already feeling the benefits – that’ll keep you strong on your sugar free path. Exercise is great for dealing with those sugary cravings – when you feel them coming on just move yourself! Do some squats or take a quick walk around the block and the yearnings will disappear. Keep us posted on your journey – we’re rooting for ya!

  7. Kristy on January 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Hi Suzie- I LOVE going to the gym and have literally just come back home after a session. Unfortunately, I have to work out with myself as none of my friends are crazy to get up at the time I go (4am). I admit that it is a struggle to get up some mornings, but I usually jump out of bed. The gym is my ‘sanity’ time and a place where I can really switch my mind off and focus on my body. I know from the research how important exercise is for growing bodies and I totally understand that!

    • Jana on January 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      That’s my girl! Working out at 4.00am! You rock it girl.

  8. Jana on January 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    I’m a raised dancer and struggled with Tracey Anderson’s dance cardio workout. I sort of just end up doing my own thing. Sort of like when I’m singing an entire song but really only know the chorus.

    Love Jana xx

    • Clare Greig on January 16, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      Ha ha you make me laugh Jana. I just had visions of you doing that in the lounge room

  9. Helen Butler on January 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Great article! I have just started exercising with a friend and woah, what a difference!! The other morning we were to go walking and it rained here, so I texted her and said “Oh well, it’s raining, no walk today.” She convinced me to come and yes we got rained on (just a quick passing shower) but I’m so glad I went. She’s my exercise angel and I know I wouldn’t do it without her. 🙂

    • Suzie Shpaizer on February 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Accountability is the BIG motivator isn’t it? My exercise angel (loving that phrase) is my eldest daughter – if she wasn’t getting up early in the morning specifically to go running with me I know I’d definitely pull the duvet over my head and stay in bed on those rainy days – but instead I get up and go anyway and I always feel glad I did.

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