Everyone wants it easy! Right? Exercise is definitely not one of them. Everyone would sleepwalk to the treadmill or ride their mountain bike daily to work if it were. But that’s not really the case about exercise. Let’s face it, we can be really motivated 98% of the time but that 2% does exist where everything seems really hard and its all too much to conquer.
So here are some fun tricks to use to triumph over a usually dreaded workout, even bodybuilders and yoga girls will need these tips some time or another.
1. Shorten and Simplify.
Don’t beat yourself up with impossible goals within an unreasonable time. Doesn’t this ring a thousand bells in your head? Always set realistic and achievable goals. Divide a three-mile run into small segments of six, half-mile runs.
2. Carrot Chase.
Give yourself an easy cool down or enjoy a refreshing energizing drink after a heavy run to reward yourself for putting in the intensity. You don’t have to wait for the grand awards ceremony at the distant end.
Paint a picture of yourself with the ideal body that you want or imagine reaching the finish line with people cheering for you. An Olympic medal isn’t a bad motivation either.
4. Fly with an Eagle.
Find a personal trainer who could coach you. The wisdom and the accountability to finish what you’ve started is a priceless factor for you in the end. Also, are you willing to cut the workout short when you are dishing the cash?
5. Twist and Shuffle.
Try mixing up your exercise program. Don’t just go to the gym and plan on doing one type of exercise – do an alternate of cardio and strength workout. It would surely make your long workout more fun, bearable and achievable.
6. Look How Far You’ve Gone, Not How Far You Have Left.
Keeping your mind on your progress, no matter how little, will push you closer to finishing a workout. Every step counts, every rep counts and makes the finish line closer. Even check your heart rate or your pace to keep your mind occupied.
7. Can’t Solo with Tango.
Having company or a partner will make your work outs more easy. It will force you to be better or to simply complete a set of push ups when someone is doing it also.
8. Aim and Fire.
You don’t want to waste your time and energy on something you don’t even know why you’re doing it. Looking great, fitting into those jeans, looking hot in a bikini, living longer or winning a race are good examples of motivation and purpose.
Reading a magazine while on the treadmill or watching a Rambo movie while lifting weights could sometimes help stimulate or pacify you through a boring routine.
10. Pain is Gain.
Remember that discomfort actually increases your tolerance and your capacity to pain or resistance. You are becoming better physically and mentally. It is through the pain that we improve.
11. Mind the Details.
If you’re working on strength training, focus on a specific area at a time. Work on it until you reach your desired form and proportion to the rest of your body.
Your time and sweat in the gym must have to pay off. After some time, you should celebrate by rewarding or improving yourself, treat yourself to new gear or go out for a special cheat meal.
13. Keep the Peace.
You can’t afford to lose that harmony with your inner self. Finishing what you’ve started will increase your self respect and confidence. Nothing worse than giving in and not accomplishing something, it doesn’t do anything for your body and absolutely nothing for your mind.
14. Make Do.
Some people just can’t do the gym, even the word can scare them away. A little creativity and adventure is an awesome substitute and can even give better results than the 4 walls at the gym. Hit the road for a run or take the big old axe to cut firewood and sweat it out.
15. Advanced Relief Plan.
Post-workout pain is a downer. I think everyone can feel the pain of doing squats for the first time, even after years of doing them. But if you plan ahead for a massage or some other pain relieving program, you wouldn’t mind pushing more.
16. Rock it Out.
Load your brain with audio adrenaline to slash through the hardcore spots in the workout. “Eye of the Tiger” has never failed to rev up athletes.
17. It’s a Number’s Game.
Count and say it aloud if you need to. Counting from one up or straining with a countdown could increase your determination to finish (and you have some sort of accountability because everyone else around you can hear you counting)
18. It’s a Race.
It always is. Competition is healthy, most especially with your own self. Always aim at outdoing what has already been done by someone else or yourself.
19. Get High.
It’s like floating on cloud nine when the tension is over. A drug to the mind and an uplift to your soul. The greatest conquest has been won, the defeat of your greatest enemy, yourself.