What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Exercising
Struggling to find motivation to exercise?
If you often find yourself slipping on exercise or simply not doing the entire session once you’re in the gym, you need a few mental tricks and strategies up your sleeve to keep you committed.
For many people, succeeding with fitness is more of a mental battle than it is a physical one, so if you can get your mind in the right place, exercise motivation will be easy.
Luckily, if you want to know how to get motivation to exercise, there’s a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself.
Here are some mental tricks that’ll help you stick to your exercise plan.
The Promise Of 10
The first mental trick to try is the promise of 10.
Next time you have a workout scheduled during the day and just don’t feel like hitting the gym – whether it’s because you’re just too tired or not mentally into it, this trick can be put to use.
Promise you will go and do just 10 minutes. If after those 10 minutes, you still want to quit and leave, you can do so.
Most people, once they get going, they’ll get a burst of energy and will choose to keep going rather than quit.
They just need to get started. This promise of ten makes that easier. Give yourself permission to stop if you really want to.
The What If I Can’t
Another mental trick you can use to help get yourself to the gym is to think about what it would feel like if you couldn’t.
What if you broke your leg suddenly and couldn’t physically workout at all. How would you feel?
Or, what if you had some type of debilitating condition, such as severe arthritis that would prevent you from taking part in activities that you normally do enjoy?
Think about this feeling and then use that to motivate you to hit the gym.
People who are actually in those situations would often give anything to be able to exercise like you can, so don’t take that for granted.
Appreciate what your body can do for you and make good use of it. You never know when it may not be there for you.
The After Glow Effect
Another thing that you can do when you’re sitting there dreading the gym because you’re too tired is think about how you feel after you finish up at the gym.
Most people will never regret doing a workout once it’s finished.
You’ll leave the gym feeling energised and have that natural after glow. Think about how good this feels prior to going to the gym.
Use that to motivate you to get moving.
The Instant Reward
Finally, the last technique you can use when you’d rather skip a gym workout is to give yourself an instant reward.
Pick something you want – whether it’s buying something, doing something, or otherwise and promise yourself that if you hit the gym, you can get that reward.
For those who tend to be motivated by instant gratification, this can really go a long way towards helping you get through those road bumps.
As you generally won’t see any physical results from just a single workout, having these rewards in place can help you stay focused.
So next time you’re tempted to skip the gym, consider these strategies.
Put them to use to avoid that crappy feeling of regret, and more importantly, to keep you healthy!