We’ve all been there! You set your alarm with every intention of waking up early and working out. Or you tell yourself when you get home you’re going to head to the gym but that TV show you’ve been binging is just calling your name. When we exercise, we feel great! But sometimes, the biggest battle is just getting ourselves to start the workout!
So what do we do when we’re really not feeling like our daily workout? Here’s a few helpful tips to help you push through the dread:
Do workouts you enjoy!
Being active with sports or activities that you enjoy is a surefire way to peak your interest. Don’t slave on the treadmill day after day if you’d rather be doing just about anything else. There are so many ways to be physical, you’re bound to enjoy one thing or another. Find what you enjoy and start looking forward to the activity and breaking a sweat will be easier than you ever thought possible.
Workout in the morning
While certainly not a requirement, studies have shown that getting up early and getting in a workout before you start your day is actually correlated with a more consistent workout routine. Of course, this may not work for everyone. But if you have a schedule that allows it, getting up early and getting in some physical activity before the craziness of the day is always a good option.
Put it in your calendar
What do we do with any other important event in our life? We add it to the calendar and factor it in as part of our day. As well intentioned as it may be, telling ourselves “oh I think I’ll workout today” might not be good enough. Putting it in our calendar adds a level of accountability to yourself. Put it on your schedule and stick to it! You can even use the handy calendar portion of the Allwell.io application to track exactly what workouts you would like to do each day.
Create positive associations with your workouts
Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it! And while you’re working out, don’t sit there and think about everything you’re missing out on. There are many ways you can tie your workouts to other things to create a positive association. It might be working out with a friend to add a social component for you to focus on. It might even be listening to your favorite music or only watching your tv shows while doing something physical. By adding extra layers of things you’re truly interested in, you will start to view your workouts as something positive.
Keep it fresh!
If we do the same thing over and over again, there’s bound to be a monotony that follows. By regularly mixing up your physical activity and constantly trying new things, you add an adventurous aspect to your workouts that may increase your motivation. Also, you never know what you might like! Even if a certain sport or activity doesn’t seem like your thing, give it a go! You might be surprised at what becomes your new favorite hobby!