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.
1. Prioritize. Harder than it sounds, because it means you’ll need to dig into the roots of your value system. “I don’t have time,” actually means, “I don’t value this as much as I value other things.” It’s a fact that daily exercise saves your life and causes you to live longer. It’s a fact that exercise makes you happier, smarter, and more physically attractive. Exercise increases your strength, stamina, and overall energy. It combats stress and shields against many diseases. Not exercising can give you the opposite of these benefits, so it’s worth knuckling down and take inventory on your values.
2. Troubleshoot. Acknowledge barriers and excuses and put on your thinking cap to overcome them.
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.