Everyone has these days, you need to do a workout but it's the last thing you want to do. You simply don't feel like it. Maybe you're tired, emotionally stressed out, have a million other things to do or any number of other reasons.
So how can you get through a workout when you're in this state?
The first thing you can do is understand that there are many things we have to do that we don't feel like doing. So we use our mind to make a decision to do them even when our heart and feelings tell us otherwise. Our mind and feelings are sort of like a pipe and water. The pipe (our mind) directs the water (our feelings) to where it is supposed to go keeping it on the right path. Water just like our feelings will go all over the place if not appropriately guided and directed by the pipe (our mind). If we let our feelings direct us without our mind guiding them we will be on a wild ride all over the place encountering many ups and downs along the way. So first and foremost you must use your mind to make the decision to do the workout despite what the emotions might be saying.
Secondly, don't be afraid to modify the workout as opposed to thinking you must rigidly follow a certain plan every time. If you do seem more tired that day or just feel extremely stressed out or emotionally drained, doing a less intense workout may be the best thing to do. It's one thing to decide to do a workout when you really don't feel like it but it's quite another to do a workout that's inappropriate for the state your body is in. For example, if you have high levels of stress, putting yourself through a super intense workout is not the best thing you can do for your body. In this case perhaps the best thing is a moderate to low intensity aerobic workout along with some stretching. Point here is do a workout that is appropriate for your current state of being.
Finally, there are a number of ways to get yourself through that workout even when you're dreading it. What follows are a few suggestions that you can try.
- Set mini-goals throughout the workout such as making it through 5 more minutes, 2 more exercises, 1 more set
- Watch something you enjoy on TV while you are working out
- Listen to motivational music or audio programs that are inspiring
- Get someone else to do the workout with you
- Realize that 90% of the battle is getting started
Use these suggestions or be creative and come up with your own unique ways to keep you motivated on tough days. If you just remember three words that summarize this article's message, they are Decide, Modify and Start.
Decide to workout despite how you feel
Modify the workout appropriately
Start the workout and focus on small goals throughout
About the author: Mark Rogers is a fitness consultant who works with clients in their homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and with clients across the world online. He has been involved in fitness for over 15 years and has a diverse variety of experience training clients of all ages and levels in both health clubs and private homes. He can be contacted through his website http://www.markrogersfitness.com