Getting a good workout when you REALLY don’t feel like it
By Dr. Dave Steuer
Do you find yourself dreading your daily workout? It happens to everyone at some point. Maybe you’re tired. Maybe you’re too busy. Maybe you’re bored. Maybe you just don’t feel like it. I find that when I start dreading my workouts, there are a couple of things I can do get myself moving.
Let’s start with the boredom problem. Sometimes we just get bored of our routine and we’re not excited about it anymore. If I’ve been doing the same thing for a while, I stop looking forward to getting my workout in.
So this week, try something new and fun. Is there a sport you’ve been wanting to try? Do it! Have you been doing the same bicep exercises over and over? Look up some new ones on the Internet. If you’ve been running the same distance every day, add another half mile or run it faster or alternate between sprinting and jogging.
When you mix up the routine, it challenges your mind. Compete against yourself. Do something new. Do something different. Do something more.
Another reason I sometimes dread my workout is because I just don’t feel like working out. I know I should do it. I know I’ll regret not doing it. I know it’s good for me. But I just don’t feel like it. The way to get past this is to build up some momentum.
When I don’t feel like going to the gym, I tell myself, “Okay, but just put your shoes on in case you feel like it later.” or “Okay, I’ll only go for 10 minutes. I can go for ten minutes.” Sometimes you just have to get some momentum going and all of the sudden, you’ve got your motivation.
But sometimes even when I’m already at the gym and I’ve been working out for a while, I’m still just not into it. My best defense against this problem is the phrase, “I can do __ more.”
When you’re doing cardio or weights or intervals and you feel like, “I’m sweating. I’m out of breath. My heart is beating. I’ve gotten a good workout in. I’m just gonna call it quits.”
Instead of giving in and regretting it later, tell yourself, “Okay but I can do one more minute.” Or five more reps. Or two more exercises. Keep telling yourself that right as you’re about to quit and you’ll be able to keep going, no problem.
At first, it might not work, but the more you practice, the better you’ll get.