There is so much more that goes into exercise than simply pulling on a pair of stretchy pants, lacing up your shoes and tying back your hair. Lord knows there is soooooo 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 pedi. It's been weeks and I only have time for one or the other... ugh, I can't stand looking at my toes in the shower, pedi 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 just 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. Speak to your sensible self and pinpoint, with clarity what you get from exercising, and understand your "why". 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 reasoning enough for me to lace up and actually 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. Understand your why and make sure it fills a need.
2. Stop comparing yourself to others. Talk about taking the wind right out of your sails. Do you really think it's effective, or empowering to put yourself up against some random skinny chick you happen to come across on Instagram or Facebook or wherever you hang out and say to yourself, "Man, I wish I could be more like her. I'd love to have her body." And you know you're saying that in your fingernails against a chalkboard kind of voice right?! You're not filled with joy and enthusiasm when you're thinking or saying that. That voice reeks of disdain and disappointment in yourself and makes you feel plain old lousy. Not the inspiration you need.
Leave the comparing where it belongs... in the trash. And then get your big girl pants on. Talk to yourself like you love yourself. Fill your mind with positivity. Stop comparing. When you feel yourself starting to do it, replace it with a simple, "I love myself" (even if it makes you cringe at first. Do it enough and it will get easier, I promise!)
3. Create your vision and set your action plan into motion. Vision boards are a great source of inspiration. They take what you're thinking, all that stuff that's firing away at lightspeed in your brain, and lay it all out before you so you can actually make sense of what you want and what you will achieve. People do this all the time when they want to move or change careers or fall in love. Why not do it then to achieve the health and wellness you want and deserve? You want a flat tummy, firm arms, a bootylicious bum? Then see it. Imagine yourself with it. How does it make you feel? Really feel it. Like really, really feel it. And then create the action plan to achieve it. That's where the change comes... setting into motion the action. Find a challenging ab routine to start with. Do a push up challenge. Commit to 50 squats a day. Give yourself a deadline, plan it out, and get a friend to join you. This is how you create success!
If you implement these three mindset changes today and begin to take massive action toward achieving your goal, I'm gonna tell you right now you'll be met with such motivation that working out will never be a dull and burdensome task again.
And if you do try these three changes, let me know! I always love to hear, listen and learn from you so leave a comment below. The more I know about you, the more I can help!