Yesterday was one of those days when I just didn’t feel like working out. I felt sort of tired and not very motivated to lift, so I had to force myself to shake the weekend cobwebs off and get my butt in the gym.
Everyone has days when skipping a workout is tempting. When I’m feeling like that, I have a few tactics that I use to make sure I don’t take the easy way out…
The first thing I do is immediately stop thinking that skipping the workout is even an option. If you keep thinking along the lines of “Maybe I should skip this one…”, then you are leaving that door wide open. Slam that door shut by telling yourself that you are going to do this workout and that skipping it is not going to happen.
Something else that helps me is to put on music. Music often helps get me fired up to lift. I workout at home, so I can crank the music up as loud as I want. Portable MP3 players are a great option if there are people around you.
It also helps me to think about my goals. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that hard work and consistency really do pay off. Going to the gym is never a wasted effort. Working out is the vehicle that takes you from point “A” to point “B” – there are no shortcuts. A missed workout is a missed opportunity to get closer to your goal. In this game if you’re not moving forward then you are moving backwards.
Working out does wonders for the body, but it’s also great for the mind. You know that awesome endorphin rush and incredible feeling that only comes after a hard workout? Reminding myself that the incredible post-workout high is just 45 minutes away definitely helps get me going. Add to that the satisfaction you’ll feel for doing something you really didn’t feel like doing and you’re going to feel pretty dang good when it’s all over.
I hope some of these tips help. Keep training hard!