Does your inner monologue ever try to make you quit a workout?
Worse yet, does it try to make you never start?
Last week, I was three-quarters of my way through a workout when my inner dialogue hollered at me loud and clear. "Heck no, I'm not doing that!"
It was 5:45 in the morning and I had already completed 45 minutes of an hour workout.
It had been a particularly exhausting morning of exercise because of the combination of cardio and strength the trainer planned for that day. The straw that broke my motivation's back was a set of bear-crawls and inch worms across the field with jogging and jumping jacks in between. Nothing outlandish, but my brain thought the workout was over.
I had to convince it otherwise.
How to overcome your negativity during a workout:
1. The Final Countdown- Check your watch. Begin the countdown until the end. "Okay, I can do anything for 15 minutes!"
2. Tune out the Negativity- Nike+ running always had a go to song. Genius! Think of that one song that pumps you up and have it queued up for whenever your workout has a hiccup. My song- "Eye of the Tiger". Don't hate!
3. Monologue to Dialogue- When your mind is throwing all its got at you . Throw back! Start positive self speak. Directly contradict the message your conscious is sending. To be more effective and freak people out- do this out loud.
4. Compete- Whether in a group workout or running by yourself enact your will to win. If in a group do more exercises or do them faster than the others. When running try to do the last part of the run faster than the rest. Bonus- you will be done sooner and end on a great note.
5. The Barrage- Sometimes you just have to bring out the big guns. You may need to throw everything you have at yourself. This is how I motivated myself last week. Count it down, blast the tunes, talk to your self, and find a way to make it a competition.
Hopefully you don't have to you these strategies all the time. I hope you find fitness activities that you enjoy. ...But for the days where it doesn't matter if you like it or not give yourself a little pep talk and blast "Eye of the Tiger" (I give you permission to use my song!)