Sometimes we dive into a workout feeling motivated and excited, and finish it feeling elated. Other times, we’re dragging our feet and dreading exercise from the very beginning. Sound familiar?
Of course, you don’t want to skip workouts when you’re following a weight loss plan. If you have trouble getting going on some days, try these four strategies to power through.
Anticipate the challenge. If you’re adding distance to your jog or weight to your routine, set yourself up for success. Enlist a friend to go along, add some new favorite tunes to your playlist, or post about your plan on social media before heading out. Commit to your plan and you’re more likely to follow through.
Be your own hero. Think of someone you admire, and ask how they would confront a challenge. It can be a real person or a fictional character. Don’t just answer the question; really meditate on how this person would move, think, and talk. Then, like a method actor, mimic that person’s demeanor and attitude. You might feel a bit silly, but no one has to know.
Set benchmarks. Instead of focusing on the entire workout, set benchmark goals. Then focus on just five more reps, two more minutes, or some other mini goal (as applicable) throughout your workout.
Choose a mantra. Choose a mantra that motivates you, and repeat it in your head. Another common trick is to dissociate from the current activity and picture yourself doing something exciting and physical. Or, simply count. The point is to shut off any negative thoughts about the workout, so that you don’t fill your head with negative talk.
For more input on your exercise routine, especially as it relates to your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can discuss realistic goals and solid strategies to help you achieve them.