Saturday, September 30, 2006

When you don't want to exercise...

This was taken from an email I got from a guy named Jon Benson who wrote, 'Fit over 40' but probably good for any age I would think. I tend to do what he did, just say to myself "just do 10 minutes" and then I will always due more cause I'm feeling good, it's just a matter of getting to the gym in the first place. "When You Don't Feel Like GoingTo The Gym...Do This ---A lot of people probably think I go to the gymon auto-pilot. This is not always the case.In fact, tonight was a prime example of...(see if you can relate)-- Had every intention of working out in the early afternoon (when I usually train)-- Got caught up in work mode-- Ended up not eating my meal on time... and workout time turned into chow time-- The hours crept on by until it was...you guessed it...dinner time-- "Can't train this late" ran through my mindIt was almost a workout aborted. One ofthese is no big deal...but one turns into two,which can turn into dozens.That's a big deal.So, here's what I did -- despite the fact thatI really do 'not' like to workout at night...especially legs. I used "secret weapon number 1" -- I toldmyself, "Okay, Jon...just do a 'sissy workout'.Just enough to say you did something. Don't even TRY to train hard!"All of a sudden, the gym became...shallwe say..."easier to find."At first, I did just what I told myself -- keptit really light. Then, sure enough, after theinitial warm-ups and so-forth, the iron bugbit me. I wanted more.I ended up breaking a personal best in a new movement I'm using.I then did used the same trick for my post-workout walk. "Just up to the end of thestreet and back...enough to say I did it."I walked much further...gladly.The secret is two-fold. First, use your mind to your advantage. In a way, this is typical 'reverse psychology.' Once you tell yourself, "I'm only going todo X", then "XX" becomes a bonus. "X"is still acceptable, so either way you come out ahead.Second, the majority of the time when you do not 'feel' like workout out, you'rereally feeling something else.Distracted, busy, lethargic...it really doesnot have much to do with your actual workout session.Go with it -- tell yourself you'll do a "busyperson's workout"...and watch whathappens.Chances are you'll find your groove, andthen do the "human" thing -- rebel againstyour own plan. "I'll show ME!" It's kinda funny, but believe it -- this willsave you dozens and dozens of missedworkouts in the year.You may even get a personal best or two."

3 comments:

Living to Feel Good said...

I'm always telling myself just to get to the gym and do my 20 tread mill rountine. More often than not turns into a 1 hour session. Some times it really is hard to get there, but like I said I just remind myself that 20 mins is better than no minutes.

Wanna_B_slim said...

i am like that with my walks... I know once I get out there i am fine... and actually enjoy it..
Good on you for doing this...
cheers WBS

Anonymous said...

Good to see people actually doing something.

i just think that the first thing to realize is that you are fat. it is the first step of getting better.
Me, even just two from my several fitness cards, i try to do every morning. It is a great feeling when see the calendar full of X. Accomplishment indeed.

lyca