by Anita Parker
The toughest part of a workout isn’t what you might think. It’s not when every muscle is on fire, or when you’re gasping for air. It’s not when your heart feels like it is going to pound right out of your chest. (Your mind thinks these parts are icky, but your body actually savors them. Read on.)
The toughest part of any workout is… simply showing up. Arriving. Clocking in. Dropping anchor. Aligning your stars so the workout actually occurs in the first place. Your hard work begins before the workout. Here are three things you can do to turn your good intentions into an actual exercise session.
2. Troubleshoot. Acknowledge nasty barriers and excuses and put on your thinking cap to overcome them.
- Busy schedule? Time efficient workouts, whole-body movement, and functional fitness are current industry buzzwords. Today’s workout programs are specifically designed for busy people.
- Finances? No wallet required for walking, running, climbing stairs, or any body weight exercises. Biking, dancing, and swimming also have minimal or no associated costs.
- Not sure what to do? Hire a professionally certified trainer. Get a book from the library. Watch some credible exercise videos online.
- Low motivation? Join a class. Get a workout partner. (Get your workout partner to share the costs of your uber-motivating trainer!) Keep a workout logbook. Reward your successes with something other than junky food.
- Childcare issues? Home workouts at 6:30 a.m. or 10:30 p.m. won’t bother anyone. Or integrate your children into the fun. You run, they bike. You run around the playground while they frolick in the sand.
- Health considerations (disease, injury, etc.)? Consult your healthcare provider and focus on what you can do, instead of what you can’t.
3. Put your shoes on no matter what. Even if you’re full of lazy bones and questionable effort, lace up anyway. Justify that any workout is better than nothing. But then, guaranteed, endorphins will take over and drive you forward. Turn your doubting mind off and let your body guide you instead. You’ll soon find that fiery muscles, gasping lungs, and a pounding heart are the best part of your day. And you’ll finish, energized for the day and looking forward to tomorrow's workout.