So many people that I know who struggle to get their workouts in over the years, are waiting until they want to and feel in the mood to workout.
Aside from fitness events like a 10K or something like Tough Mudder, in all my years of working out, and being a coach, I could count on two hands, (and that’s over 15 years), the times I’ve looked forward to a workout.
It’s just not a natural feeling for many people. You’re either just out of bed and feeling sleepy, or you’ve already showered and are in comfy clothes, or you’re just home from work, of you’re trying to get up off the coach, or the kids are screaming, or you’re feeling low…
The moments in the day, when you say, ‘oh yessss! here we go, workout time’, are so, so, so, so rare, that you need to give up expecting that RIGHT NOW if you want to succeed. And by succeeding, I mean spending 30 minutes per day, on yourself, working out. Whatever you want to call it, your power hour, your 30 minutes to thrive, it’s a certain time of the day that you spend focused on your health.
You see, a simple switching of the way you look at something, can have a profound effect on your habit building. So rather than think, I’m not in the mood yet, I’ll wait, when you hear yourself say that, say ‘STOP’, out loud, and go and do your workout. You will be forming a habit doing this, and breaking a bad one.
Make it a non-negotiable in your life and you will soon just turn up to your workouts without thinking. You will just put on your trainers and show up for yourself.
Honestly, for YEARS I would spend all day deliberating. Literally all day. Then maybe, begrudgingly, I’d go and start my session, so annoyed that I had to do it. I felt so controlled and irritated. After, I’d feel great and so the cycle kept going.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to get out of that cycle, and on to a straight line. Switch how you think about stuff and your life changes.
It was only when I did this, it was only when I spent weeks saying ‘STOP’ out loud and going to do my session when I wasn’t in the mood, that I finally was able to workout, without my mood been taken into account.
Make working out a non-negotiable in your life, something you can’t debate with yourself, and watch your life and your habits change for the better.
I hope this helps you, and keeps you motivated to do the single best thing you can do for your mental and physical health. My goal with these blog posts is to try and help you see things a little differently, if you, like I used to, struggle with working out.