I can't speak for anyone but myself, but HAHAHA, no.
You know how often I really and truly want to work out? Like, maybe 20% of the time. As in, there is exactly one day a week (of the five I work out) where I'm actually gung ho about changing into gym clothes and getting in a sweat sesh.
The rest of the days are spent in various levels of knowing I need to get a workout in, but not particularly wanting to because I <don't want to wash my hair/am le tired/am hungry/am lazy/want to watch Honey Boo Boo...> you get the idea. But I make myself do it because I know I'll be happy once I actually get started.
Also because I like to eat.
So how do you lace up and get 'er done when you'd so much rather be laying on the couch watching Law & Order SVU and eating string cheese?
Here's what I do:
|Half Marathon Training, Round 2|
- Make a game plan. Not just "I'm going to work out 5x this week," but as in literally write out what time and what days you will be working out, and what you'll be doing each day. Put that sucker somewhere where you'll see it all the time. Tell other people your plan. Blog about it (there's a weekly goals linkup for that!). If you tell yourself you don't have time, guess what? You won't have time. But if you're truly committed, you'll make time.
|When someone suggests I come to Zumba with them.|
- Pick workouts you actually enjoy. If you hate running, it will be really easy for you to blow off running. Find a workout program that you don't completely and totally hate. Maybe it's spinning, or hiking, or Zumba, or even simply taking walks around the neighborhood. If you like what you're doing, isn't it easier to make yourself do it?
|The only proof I have that I actually |
woke up this early for barre class.
- Eliminate your excuses. I am THE QUEEN of excuses. But it wasn't until I stopped making them and instead started fighting them that I finally began to see results.
- Can't motivate yourself to work out after work? Set an early alarm and get it done first thing in the morning.
- Bad weather headed your way? Switch out a road run for a workout DVD.
- Intimidated by the gym? Find workouts on YouTube, FitSugar, or Pinterest.
- Mental fatigue? Let it out on the pavement/in the ring/on the 'mill. Because working out is cheaper than therapy.
- Bored of your normal routine? Mix it up with something new.
- Don't like working out with other people at home? Schedule your workouts around the times you'll have privacy.
- Busy? Aren't we all! Whether it's sacrificing 30 minutes of shuteye or bailing on drinks after work, you can make time. I promise. Block off time in your calendar, set an alarm, whatever it takes!
|60lbs and one year of races later.|
- Have a goal. It is scientifically proven that it's 437% easier to train when you have a goal in mind. I made that statistic up, but it's still true. Make a goal that's realistically challenging, something that will require training time, but not 5 years to achieve. Whether it's just signing up for and completing your first 5K, or letting Jillian kick your butt for an entire month, pick a goal and stick with it.
- Treat yoself. I'm reward-motivated, sue me. Give me a chart and goals and stickers and you better believe I will fill that entire thing in just to prove I can. My parents learned this one early on... I was bribed with a chore chart in order to earn my way to the IX Indoor Amusement Park (suburban Cleveland's answer to Disney World... and they had a freaking catchy commercial to lure in the kiddos). Set up a rewards system for yourself once you accomplish your goal, or even mini-goals along the way. Great rewards might be things like new workout clothes, new shoes, a manicure, a movie night, whatever keeps you motivated!
How do you stay disciplined with your workouts?