I’m just like anyone…sometimes I just don’t feel like exercising or I’m having to stay really focused to get through a workout. But I hardly ever miss a workout so I must be doing something right! I believe in order to have solid consistency, you have to sometimes play mental games to get through workouts.
Here’s some examples of what I mean…
- Sometimes when I’m really tired, I tell myself that I will just go out for 10 minutes and that will be enough to get me going. And then pretty much 100% of the time, once I get out there, I start feeling better and more energized and complete a full workout.
- When I am really tired I never tell myself “I’m too tired to workout!” Instead I say “I’m so tired that I need to workout to get some energy!”
- I find interval training breaks things up mentally. So instead of doing a 40 minute cardio workout on one machine, I will do 10 minutes on 4 different machines. Or instead of doing 30 minutes straight endurance, I will do one minute hard, one minute easy 15x. I find it easier to get through the workout and the time passes more quickly.
- Running, walking, biking, hiking OUTDOORS is always easier mentally and the time passes much more quickly than on an indoor machine.
- Recruiting a buddy to workout with you will hold you accountable to being there and the conversation also makes the workout seem so much easier.
- Music is a motivator so if you need it to distract you from your workout, strap on your IPOD and away you go.
- Movies – I know many people who exercise while watching a movie or their favorite TV show and find that their exercise consistency and duration is much better.
Please leave a comment with any tricks that you use to get you through your workouts. You may just give someone a tool that will totally change their life!
Yours in health and fitness,