When it comes to working out I have a general rule – Don’t wait to feel ready, JUST DO IT! I have learned that if you wait until you “feel” like working out, you won’t do it. The majority of the time I don’t feel like working out. I just know I’m going to feel so much better after I do it. I love the feeling of accomplishment, especially from doing something I felt like I couldn’t do.
I remember once hearing a trainer say, “the toughest part of any workout is the five minutes before you start.” That’s usually the time you experience all the dread and trepidation – and this is generally the time you talk yourself out of doing it.
I don’t want you to feel like there is nothing you can do to move pass this obstacle, so I want to share a few things that help me to get over the hump:
1. I promise myself that I will only do 20 minutes—when it’s feeling really hard to get going I will commit to a small block of time, because any amount of time is going to be better than nothing at all. What inevitably happens most of the time I promise to do 20 minutes, I usually end up doing more.
2. I make it something simple and doesn’t require a lot of thought, i.e. walking through the park/neighborhood, a workout DVD, or an On Demand workout through my cable provider. This prevents me from wasting valuable time trying to figure out what I’m going to do.
3. I tell myself that I’m worth it. Exercising and getting healthy is something we do for ourselves. There are so many benefits to working out and at the end of the day I have to remind myself that I’m worth the effort. We make time for everybody and everything else, this is time for YOU!
So, just remember these few things the next time you’re dreading your workout and see if it helps. Even the most athletic people have days they just don’t want to do it. But there lies the difference between people who succeed and those who don’t; successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t do. In the case of working out—they don’t wait to feel ready, they do it anyway.
Until next time…
Peace, Love & Fitness!