Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth has an insanely sculpted body – one that has surely taken hard work, dedication and a lot of sweat. But believe it or not, even the Thor actor does have days of feeling flat and unmotivated.
He recently addressed this on Instagram when he woke up with zero motivation and feeling a bit ‘dusty’ from a ‘couple too many celebratory drinks’ at the weekend. However, he didn’t leave his post on that note: he went on to share how he overcomes feelings of flatness with exercise.
Lacing up a pair of best cross training shoes is perhaps the last thing you feel like doing when you feel weaker than normal or unmotivated, but Hemsworth claims this sweaty style of workout helps him to feel normal and ‘100 per cent’ again.
The actor is a strong believer that daily exercise can improve all aspects of your life, including sleep, energy, mood and help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. He emphasised in his Instagram caption, “Movement creates motivation!! Action creates energy!!”.
Watch his video below where Hemsworth shares his workout routine for when he feels unmotivated:
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His followers on Instagram took to the comments to share the effect this one and a half minute long clip had on them. One user said, “This is the motivation I need,” while another commented, “I was going to cancel my cycle session after too many glasses of wine but I am now inspired”.
On his mission to build back motivation Hemsworth starts his workout with a 15 minute warm-up run on the treadmill (our list of the best treadmills is a great place to start if you want to build your own home-gym like Hemsworth) followed by a Crossfit circuit. His sweat inducing circuit included the following moves:
- Ball slams
- Sit throughs
- Bear Crawls
- Chin up
While it is great to take inspiration from fit celebs like Hemsworth, it's important to note that you don’t have to train to as hard as Hemsworth to increase feelings of motivation. This 2013 study (opens in new tab) carried out at the University of Copenhagen found that moderate exercise is more motivating than high intensity training.
Moderate exercise could be as simple as a brisk walk, a light swim or perhaps a short yoga session. How about trying this 15 minute yoga routine to start your day right?
Jessica is an experienced fitness writer with a passion for running. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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