7 Ways to Change Your Thinking About Working Out
Perhaps each evening you say to yourself, “Tomorrow morning I will do it. I will put on my sneakers and make it happen!” Only to find that the morning gets eaten up by responding to emails, sleep, getting your kids out the door or cleaning your bathroom floor. (It’s amazing what we will do to avoid moving our bodies!) Whatever it is that is keeping you from getting in a workout, I wanted to share a few ways to help you make it happen. And please believe me when I say, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! As much as I love to move, I often battle with the long list of things I want to do in addition to exercising. Here are some of my best tricks:
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- Commit to just 5 minutes. Working out doesn’t have to be all or nothing in terms of time. It’s not 30 minutes or no minutes. Commit to starting with something simple for 5-10 minutes. Whether it’s a youtube video, a quick walk around the block or you dance around your house, you may find that once you get started, you want to keep going.
- Go for GOOD ENOUGH Sometimes in order to feel like we accomplished something, we think we need this amazing, heart-pumping workout, where we reach a euphoric state. But try the idea that good enough is simply just that, good enough. Even a mediocre workout is better than none at all. If you did it, it’s perfect!
- Get Social If you know you will get things done when someone is counting on you, you are not alone. Most of us operate this way. So it’s surprising that we don’t use this concept of accountability to our advantage in all areas of our lives. Using your friends (or even an online group) can change the game for you. Plus, working out is a great way to connect with friends or meet new people. Take a class with a friend or go for a walk together. Commit to getting social with your workouts.
- Change Your Intention Around It It’s easy to fall into thinking that working out should ONLY be about changing your body and losing weight. It’s what most fitness marketing is geared towards. But I believe that movement in your body creates movement in your life. So instead of your workout being about your body, what if instead it was about STEPPING INTO YOUR POWER or INCREASING YOUR ABILITY TO RECEIVE SUPPORT or GETTING STRONGER AS A PARENT OR BUSINESS OWNER. With every lunge, squat or bicep curl, put a new intention in your mind’s eye. Make it about your life, not just your body.
- Try Something New If you have a regular exercise routine and you are not feeling jazzed about it in the least, ya gotta switch it up. I LOVE to mix up my workouts. Sometimes I go through spin phases or yoga or weight training. But the minute I start to absolutely dread any of these, I switch it up to something that excites me.
- Put aside your sadness Often times we don’t want to work out because we are feeling a little blue. While I am all for embracing your feelings, I think that sometimes it can be valuable to set your feelings aside for 20 minutes in order to do something good for your mind and body. Usually that 20 minutes or so of movement will actually help to improve whatever sadness you have and help to change your state of mind.
- Set yourself up for success. Planning to go for a walk first thing tomorrow morning? Lay out your clothes and your sneakers the night before—maybe right by your bedside—so it’s the first thing you see when you open your eyes in the morning. This gives you no choice but to slip into some clothes that will make you want to move.
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