Put that workout on your to-do list

Put that workout on your to-do list

I don’t wanna! I’m too tired! It’s too hard! I just don’t feel like it!

Sound familiar? These are the words many of us use when it's time to work out. Whether you’re new to exercise or you’re a seasoned athlete, exercise is work. But it’s very rewarding work. And the time and effort you’re investing, you’re investing into yourself. What could be a better to investment than you!?

Here are some tips to help you motivate yourself to do that workout!

  • How we think has a direct relationship with how we feel. If we repeatedly say the above statements, then we’re going to feel tired, negative and uninterested. Change the tape to: “I can do this.” “I know exercising will actually give me energy.” “All I need to do is get moving…"  Remember, an object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest…well, you get the point.
  • Workout when YOU want to. Ignore the, “Studies suggest if you want to get the maximum benefit out of your workout, you should exercise during the hours of…” If you’re a morning person, work out in the morning. If you’re a night person, work out at night.
  • Make sure you’re doing what you enjoy. If you loathe running, don’t run. Bike, do the elliptical or take a class instead.
  • Remind yourself: You know you’ll feel better when you’re done.
  • Chances are you’re going to regret NOT working out more than you will ever regret actually working out.
  • Create a mantra. “Don’t think, just do. Don’t think, just do. Don’t think, just do.” Chances are if you think about it too long, you’ll think yourself out of working out. Chant your mantra as you are changing into your gym clothes, driving to the gym or running out your door.
  • If you work out in the morning, lay your gym clothes out the night before. It’ll prevent you from talking yourself out of working out while you’re hunting for your clothes.
  • If you prefer to exercise after work, don’t go home first! Pack your gym bag the night before. Go a step further by changing into your gym clothes before you leave work. This way, you’re already dressed and ready to go!

When all else fails, give yourself 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes of whatever you’re doing (running, walking, biking, lifting weights) you’re still not feeling it, give yourself permission to stop.

Recall a time when you felt rather slug-like but were able to convince yourself to exercise. Recalling previous successes can be incredibly powerful as it’s a reminder of our own capabilities.