When you create the right mindset around working out, you can quite literally change your life!
There is so much more that goes into exercise than simply pulling on a pair of yoga pants, lacing up your shoes and tying back your hair. Lord knows there is so much more! There is the internal struggle, the ‘should I stay or should I go’ conversation, the good intentions only to ever so easily waver at the first sign of trouble…
What? I don’t have any clean socks? I can’t go out with dirty socks, that’s gross. Let me do a quick load and theeeeeen I’ll head out.
I’m hungry. Do I have to wait at least 30 minutes before exercising after eating? Or is that only with swimming? Well, either way, I don’t want to be all crampy and uncomfortable. I’ll eat now and try going later.
Ugh, I really need a pedicure. It’s been weeks and I only have time for either a pedicure or a workout… but I can’t stand looking at my toes in the shower, pedicure it is!
You feel me right?
We can pretty much justify any reason whatsoever to avoid the pain of actually having to muster up the mental fortitude to work out. It’s mental warfare. It’s so easy to simply avoid it altogether. And many of us do just that. Avoid. Ignore. Put off for another day.
How do we stop the cycle??
Well, it’s actually not as difficult, or mind-bending as you would think. In fact, it’s as simple as changing the conversation you have with yourself and implementing a few strategies that will have you saying YES, it’s time for my workout, and NO to anything else!
1. Get clear on why you exercise.
Why do you do it? Why do you feel the need? Why do you think it’s good for you? Because it’s not all for naught. Nuh-uh. The release of feel-good hormones is reason enough for me to lace up and get my butt out the door. I know for sure I’m a much nicer person after working out. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, or a little depressed, or I’m struggling in some facet of my life, I make sure to get moving that day, (most especially on days like that!), because it gets me back to neutral.