I love to workout. I feel stronger, leaner and overall happier about myself, and those good feelings move into many other parts of my life. When I workout it helps me to keep my diet clean and avoid refined sugar and an extra glass of wine. I feel more centered and at ease so I treat my family better. I’m feel energized and strong so I’m ready to take on the challenges of any day from a pile of laundry to kids who don’t want to do their homework to dealing with finicky clients for my t-shirt business.
I’ve been thinking about this post and what inspiring words will motivate our readers to stay on track. I was at a bit of a loss because exercise for me is a habit, I can’t imagine not working out. To be perfectly honest, there are no magic words. To make exercise into a habit you just need to talk yourself into it in the beginning, resolve to get out there and do it three, four or six times a week. Once you make it part of your life, you won’t be able to live without it and the discipline and benefits you reap from the exercise will spill over into many other parts of your life.
There are some things you can do to get and keep the habit going. Saturday morning I was busy packing for a beach vacation. I had a million things to do. I thought about skipping my workout and started to rationalize with myself: “I’m too busy…its only one workout…I can do twice as much tomorrow.” But instead I put my workout gear on and went to the gym. Leaving for the vacation was hectic. My husband worked late Friday night and was trying to pack the car at a significantly reduced mental capacity. The kids were excited and bouncing off the walls. Things started to get a little crazy, but I was centered, at ease and ready to take on anything due to my workout. So, instead of doing or saying something that would inflame the situation, I was able to stay calm and help my husband, and deal with the kids nuttiness and soon we were packed and heading to the beach and everything was great.
The advice I can give is to just get there, just start the workout even if you don’t feel like it. Some days I am super excited to workout and feel great at the beginning. Lots of days I feel sluggish, bloated, or just cranky. I do my run, gym workout or workout class anyway. Here’s the kicker…I always feel great after the workout. I never, never regret doing it and am always happy I exercised and that happiness spreads to the rest of my life.
The other “trick” I’ve used for several years is to put workout clothes, including socks and tennis shoes, in my bathroom before I go to sleep. I wake up, and put my workout clothes on. I don’t have to think about it. I drive the kids to school then workout. If you work full-time, fill a bag with workout clothes and shoes so you can hit the gym or park after work.
A wise man once told me “You will never live to regret a workout”. So my advice is to make exercise a habit and to do that, just start…start your workout even if you don’t feel motivated. I promise you will feel better afterward!