Excuses…move over! We have all had those days. You start with great intentions to have a kick butt workout and then life gets in the way. Meetings run late, you are hungry, your car needs gas, you are out of groceries, it’s cold out, you are tired, and you aren’t in the mood to workout…
Skip it (sometimes) Once and a while it is of course OK to rest. In fact , rest and recovery days are encouraged! But what do you do when it is not supposed to be a rest day, you’re slacking, and you just don’t feel like working out?
Here are some tips that I find useful and I hope you will to!
Turn on the Music! Music is such an amazing mood enhancer! Just as sad music can make you sadder, upbeat music can not only put you in a better mood, but it can really revive your energy! Ever notice how you feel when you are out with friends and there is loud upbeat music? If you’re anything like me, you can’t help but feel ‘up’ or ‘good’ with some rocking tunes on! I notice on days where I need to get to the gym but “just don’t feel like it”, if I crank some upbeat dance music it gets me motivated to get out the door and GET my workout ON!
Just do 15! Okay, you really DON’T feel like it, but you KNOW you need to workout. Tell yourself to “just go for 15 minutes” and then you can stop if you’re not feeling it. Chances are, once you are 15 minutes into your workout you will WANT to continue but if you don’t, you at least gave it an honest effort, and still did something for a few minutes.
Put your gym clothes on- Sometimes just changing out of your Sunday couch potato pajamas or out of your weekday work clothes into you workout clothes will drastically change your motivation and mood!
Tell a friend your intentions- Tell people your intentions to workout. The more people you tell, the more accountable you will be. Even better, plan to MEET a friend or training partner for your workout.
Make a healthy shake. Pre-workout, I love to have whey and a piece of fruit. Somehow getting serious with my pre-workout nutrition mentally prepares me for my workout! If you own a vitamix it makes it fun and easy to make amazing smoothies! I use flavored whey, some berry’s, coconut water, and voila! I feel ready to tackle my workout head-on!
Caffeine- If all else fails, caffeine to the rescue. I know some may disagree, but for ME, caffeine works. I am a caffeine fan, especially when it comes from more natural sources like green tea, coffee, or some of the better pre-workout powders and drinks out there. Not only can it speed up your metabolism, give you better focus, and help you drop weight; but it ALWAYS gets me in the mood to tackle my workouts!
So now stop reading this and GET TO IT! Have a great workout!
About Natalie Jill
Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, life and business goals. Natalie is a well known Licensed Sports Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer who was diagnosed as having Celiac Sprue over 12 years ago, and that is why she specializes in weight loss consulting and helping people with food allergies and intolerance’s. Learn how Natalie handled adversity and find out how she "made her own luck". Ready to change your life today? Start by CLICKING HERE.