I know there are days you’d rather skip the workout and sleep, have a muffin or binge watch something. And while it’s ok to take a break every now and then, you can’t always pass on the exercise.
So I’ve put together some unconventional, yet helpful tips to help get you off your tush and working out. Even when you don’t want to.
- Visualize a successful workout. Visualization is used by professional and amateur athletes alike. For our purposes imagine yourself at your workout and crushing it. “See” yourself running strong and fast, hiking with purpose, lifting the dumbbells or barbell with ease.
- Feel your success. When you are having a great workout and are sweaty and done, how do you feel? Do you feel good, accomplished and proud of yourself? I’m going to bet you do. So I want you to sit in that feeling so you can come back to it. When you are feeling unmotivated about going for a run, quickly think back to how you felt when you finished that workout. Chase that feeling instead of bemoaning the fact that you have to work out.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes. If, after 10 minutes you still feel crappy, tired or totally uninspired consider it a sign from above that you should take a day off. Don’t stress or fret, just enjoy the break.
- Channel a motivator. Think about someone who inspires and motivates you and imagine they are sitting next to you and encouraging you to workout. Or that your motivator is a little character sitting on your shoulder providing what you need to get you moving. “Take the stairs” she says. “Run faster”, she says. “See how long you can hold that plank”. She believes in you 🙂
Now go run!