Most people at some point have felt like they were in a funk. You know that feeling when you are not sick, not tired, but more like you are just off. Your motivation is sub par, you can’t do your normal workout that you have practically done in your sleep. And the worst thing about the funk is that you don’t know what it is. Most of the time the funk goes away and you don’t think about it until it happens again. Once in a while it stays for a few days, then a week, and when it gets to two weeks I think its time to evaluate. I have recently had some experience with this and have some pointers for you.
- Know your body. If you are like me and a product of routine then you will know when something is wrong if you sneeze at the wrong time of the day. Well not really but take a look at changes in you that are not normal. Change in body, appetite, skin changes like dryness or acne, maybe a change in sleep pattern and mood changes. If you notice there is a change that might be a good place to start.
- See your doctor. It never hurts to get a check up. Mention to your doc any changes you may have noticed. Have some blood work done. You should rule out any medical conditions especially if it’s lasted more than 2 weeks. And Doc knows best.
- Change your diet. Sometimes your body is telling you something like “Hello, you are eating too much sugar and we are working overtime in here!” Maybe you have been abusing caffeine, alcohol, or fatty foods. All of which I have been guilty of. OR maybe you are under eating. Sometimes if you work out regularly over time you have added more lean mass and you haven’t increased your calories to support that. I have gone to the gym and felt funky because I hadn’t eaten in 4 hours and I am depleted of energy. If you are having mood swings your diet could be off. Changes in hormone levels can affect your mood (right ladies??). Hormones change when diet changes.
- Check your stress levels. I have been noticing as I get older that I am affected more by stress. I never used to get stressed out and usually was pretty laid back. Now I have to do a head check and make sure I watch my stress levels. If you have been going to the gym with your head somewhere else then maybe its time to find ways to eliminate stress. Certain kinds of stress require action. You may hate your job, then maybe its time to move on. You may have people in your life that are negative and abusive, then maybe its time to unfriend them on FB. Maybe you are buried in debt, it may be time to make some sacrifices. Whatever it may be, there is a ton of suggestions on how to eliminate stress on the internet. Just Google it!
- Set new goals. I always set my short-term goals as well as long-term goals. Short term goals are important because you have little milestones along the way. If you set your goals too far out you might feel after several months that the goals are unachievable. Make goals leading up to that big one so you have things to get happy about at each step of the way. It’s ok to change goals, just make sure you have them!
- Get a partner in crime! When I get the funk I talk to my buddies. They usually have ideas on how to get out of it or can provide some insight on why you may be in it. It’s true that your friends may know you better than you know yourself.
- NOT FOR EVERYONE, but get a swift kick in the butt! I just recently needed an attitude adjustment. I have been powerlifting for 2 years and I was feeling like I needed to back off a bit because I was a little burnt out. I started eating bad food, not working as hard in the gym and feeling a little like “I will do what I want to do!” This might be ok for some but this is not going to help me reach my goals. Not one bit. My choices were, change the goals or get back in the game. My coach and I had a talk and I was able to get my motivation back and a whole new outlook on my training.
It’s definitely normal to get in the funk but it’s not good if it lingers over you like a heavy fog for more than 2 weeks. So follow my advice and lets crush some goals!!!
If you need some additional inspiration there are several inspirational websites out there but one of my favorites is Crossfit Lisbeth.
Healthy diet, lifting heavy, and having a blast!