Right now I feel useless.
I’ve dramatically changed my macros after having eaten relatively unhealthy for a few months, and my body’s taking its time adapting.
My energy levels aren’t horrible, but my ability to focus is useless. I have no oomf today, no get-up-and-go, but that’s exactly what has to be done.
Action creates motivation.
Today’s a writing day. I have the whole day dedicated to writing articles for both web sites. Coming up with ideas when your brain isn’t responding is difficult. Writing creatively is nearly impossible. That, however, is what I have to do.
I cannot let this day become a waste. I have the power to change the trajectory of the day, and that’s what I’ve done.
So, what did I do… and what should you do?
1. Take a cold shower.
Cold showers are awesome. For one, cold increases your body’s brown fat, which burns white fat. Second, they can boost your T levels by lowering your cortisol levels.
Cold in general can also boost your metabolism and your immune system. When you’re in a funk they’ll wake you the hell up too.
Veggies and fruits, not steroids.
A surge of nutrients is always beneficial. To compound the effectiveness of this juice that contained 2 beets, 2 leaves of kale, 2 stocks of celery, 5 strawberries, and one apple, I took 5 grams of fish oils.
3. Feed your brain.
Our brains, when dried, are 60% fat. There’s also a lot of evidence that suggests that the reason the human brain evolved and grew was because of our consuming fatty acids. (Check This Out: Essential Fatty Acids and Human Brain)
We find fatty acids in some nuts, fruits, and mainly in fish. Feed your brain by eating these fats in abundance.
Muscle is your best friend as a human. You want to become stronger. Muscle improves your posture and it helps you live a more powerful life.
Lifting will get your blood flowing.
I woke up in a funk, had coffee, made the juice, had the cold shower, read, then got to the gym at 6am.
5. Work after the lift for 45 minutes.
Immediately after the gym I wrote. I was useless. I got nothing of value done, but I still did something, I didn’t just let my uselessness run my day.
Do the same. Even though you may be unmotivated, in a rut, or whatever, still do what you do. Don’t take a day off.
6. Move outside for 30 minutes.
Have active work breaks that are outside.
I’m lucky enough to have a dog that likes to be outside more than he likes being inside. I also have a Provincial Park next to my house. So right after the work session, I got outside for a walk in the cold, sunny atmosphere of Calgary in May.
Keep your work sessions timed.
As soon as that time is up – regardless of whether you’re finished or not – stop and get outside.
It’s actually better to not finish something when your break comes, that way when the break is finished you’ll have something to complete rather than having something new to start.
It’s easier to complete an already started task than to begin something new all-together.
You can do this every day, this routine.
It becomes even more important when you’re feeling lazy and un-motivated.
Stick to it.
Do what you do regardless of whether you feel like it or not.
About The Author
Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.