June 15, 2011 by Danielle
Sooo…I had a great recipe prepared for today’s post…but yesterday I forgot a main ingredient…and then today I bought the wrong one. So that delicious dish will have to wait until later in the week. C’est la vie.
In the meantime…
We’ve all been there-you just escaped the office after a long day, you don’t exactly feel your best, your head is throbbing…The list could go on and on. At this moment in time, only one thing is for sure-the last thing you want to do is break a sweat. I won’t lie, I almost skipped out on today’s afternoon workout in favor of a more comfortable option-the couch and an episode of Real Housewives.
Instead, I decided to to go to the gym and try out a new bootcamp class. At the end of the hour long session, I emerged sweatier and much happier than I did when I entered. So on that note, here are a few of my top tips for getting motivated to workout when you’re not exactly “feelin’ it”.
1. Pack it In. If you can’t fit in a morning workout, pack your gym clothes and take them to the office with you. Then at the end of the day, get dressed for the gym before you leave the office and make a beeline straight to your workout. Getting dressed is half the battle when it comes to getting into workout mode.
2. Set a time limit. If you make it to the gym and you’re still not into it, set a time limit as a goal. That way you’ll be in and out of the gym instead of moping around. Better yet, if you set a time goal of 30 minutes, once you get to 15 minutes you’re already half way there-and you thought you didn’t want to work out!
3. The afterglow. Think about the last time you completed a challenging workout and how great you felt afterward. Channel that feeling and get to sweating.
4. Take a class. This is a great way to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, take your mind off of the thoughts that have been running through your head all day and a fun way to try out something new.
5. Phone a friend. If you get a friend in on the action, it’s more likely that you’ll hit up the gym and, added bonus, make it fun too.
So how do you get motivated?
Update: I just picked up my July issue of Runner’s World and they had some great tips on mental motivation, which you can find here.