Another day has come and gone and you didn’t make it to the gym again! It was a done deal the night before…what happened? You! You happened! You talked yourself right out of doing what would have been best for you. You came up with any number of reasons why today wasn’t a good day to go to the gym or you just didn’t feel like it. Well, there are no reasons…just excuses! And if I didn’t go to the gym when I didn’t feel like it, I wouldn’t look or feel the way I do today! Yes, even I have days I don’t feel like going, but I do anyway.
So, how exactly can we get our asses to the gym?
First, make sure you schedule your gym time every day! Just like you schedule a doctor’s appointment or coffee with a friend, you need to make an appointment with yourself at the gym. In addition, make sure you schedule it at a time that works best for you. If I schedule my gym time for the morning, I am setting myself up for failure and disappointment. I am not a morning person and can count on 1 hand the amount of times I actually got in a morning workout (in my entire lifetime)! My best gym time is mid-afternoon. This is what works best for me and keeps me successful.
Second, you need to play some mind games with yourself. Your mind is very smart and will think of all sorts of excuses when you don’t feel like doing something. One of my favorite tricks, and the one I used today, is to tell yourself you will only go and do 5 minutes. What’s 5 minutes? Anyone can do 5 minutes. This gets me to the gym and then I start my workout. I have yet to leave the gym after only 5 minutes. My endorphins (neurotransmitters that are secreted and lead to feelings of euphoria, among other incredible benefits), start to kick in and I want to do more.
Third, find something at the gym you really enjoy doing. This might take some time as you should try out all different types of machines. It’s also a great way of getting in a variety of workouts. Your body adapts quickly to the same routine. I’ve learned over the years that on different days I may opt to do different machines. Today I did a wall climber for 10 minutes and then did the stair-stepper for 40 minutes. This is very different from my go to interval sprints on the treadmill. I enjoyed it a lot more since it was different. And, when I was done, I felt absolutely incredible! Which leads me to my next tip…
When you do get to the gym and have a great workout, remember the feeling! Really get in touch with the awesome feelings of accomplishment, confidence, and euphoria. Use these memories the next time your mind is telling you not to go. Think of the outcomes and then revert back to the second tip…only 5 minutes!
JUST DO IT! It feels so much better than the guilt, shame, and current lazy feelings you will have if you don’t!
Let me know how you used these tips for tomorrow’s workout!