How much effort do you typically put into convincing yourself to go exercise? What “techniques” do you use for that extra push? As January comes to a close, who has found his/her motivation faltering?
My gym history is far from stellar – the one time I actually belonged to a gym back in high school ended in complete failure as I only managed to go there a grand total of…seven times. So when the desire to join the local gym here in NYC suddenly hit me at the start of December, I took the plunge and registered. By some magical force, I’ve been continuously frequenting the gym about 5-6 times a week for the past few months!
Often times I find myself playing a mental mind game – the lazy devil wants to stay home while the exercise angel encourages me to hit the gym. Here are the top five reasons I remind myself of when the mind games begin (in no particular order):
1.) It will help me significantly improve my running – This is my #1 motivator, especially while I can’t run this entire month. I’ve known for years that cross-training is a crucial aspect of running success and I’m looking forward to seeing positive results.
2.) I’m paying a sh*tton of money for the membership – This is pretty straightforward…I need to get my money’s worth! Most people completely freak out when they learn how much I pay for my gym membership, but living in New York for a mere seven months quickly made me immune to the ridiculously inflated cost of everything. It really comes down to what you deem is “worth it” to spend money on, and the gym is worth the added cost for me…for now at least.
3.) It’s literally a 1-minute commute – Cold/rain/blizzards are no excuse to skip out! I can tolerate a minute of walking in any sort of weather, so that excuse is completely invalid.
4.) I love feeling the soreness/positive after-effects/endorphins from workouts – For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed lately and short workouts help stir up optimism. Similarly, sometimes when my couch seemingly has me glued down, I start thinking about that after-exercise burn in all my neglected muscles and it helps get me up and out the door.
5.) It’s only a short hour of my life – It’s not like I’m forcing myself to spend hours at the gym every single day. Dedicating a mere hour of my daily schedule (most classes are actually only 45 minutes with the exception of yoga) is a tiny price to pay for immense benefits.
I used almost all of these yesterday, and with a few minutes to spare I threw on my workout clothes and made it to an evening strength class. And this was after I dragged myself out of bed at 6AM that morning to attend a cycling class! You never regret a workout (or two), right?
How do you convince yourself to exercise? Any tricks or tips to share?