Looking for exercise motivation? I’m going to be straight with you…
Missing a workout is inevitable. There is nothing you can do about it but accept it and move on.
Drew Brees (yes the great New Orleans Saints Quarterback), said in his book that “throwing an interception is going to happen. There is nothing that you can do about it but focus on the next possession.”
The same is true when it comes to searching for exercise motivation, scheduling and accomplishing your workouts.
Things happen, you get sick, you have other commitments and some days you are just flat out lazy and your exercise motivation drops terribly. The first step is to realize that this will happen and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it. The key; however, is to show up for the next workout…
As you miss two, three, four workouts, your body really starts to change. Unfortunately, our bodies are much more efficient at losing muscle than they are at gaining muscle. Every day that you ignore the Jiminy Cricket voice in your head telling you to workout, you body takes a hit. If you look back to those streaks in time that you didn’t workout, you may be able to admit that you felt tired, lazy, short-tempered and maybe even a bit sad or down. Each day a workout is missed, you will only feel worse. Use your past experiences in missing workout as exercise motivation.
The good news: It just takes one workout to get those engines firing up again. It’s like lighting a grill… You light the first coal, then with time, the fire spreads, the coals turn grey and you have consistent heat production. You must do the same with your workouts. Fire up one workout and the others will be easier. Exercise motivation will come to you! If you are a “bit behind,” you have to push through the weight on your shoulders and make yourself do at least a 20-minute workout routine. Break a sweat, warm your muscles and immediately feel the wave of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) move through your body. Yes, you may be sore the next day or so, but as I have always said throughout this site: soreness is the first sign of muscle growth and endurance improvement.
So, say to yourself “I’m going to do it,” and make it happen!
What methods do you use for exercise motivation to get through workout droughts? Please share your comments below!