Hello all 🙂
We all have those days when getting in a workout seems near impossible. Perhaps it’s low energy, a stressful day or maybe you’re just feeling down and out.
As I mentioned in my last post, I struggle with anxiety (amongst other things), and some days leaving the house seems just too frightening. Whatever the reason, a nice big dose of endorphins is usually the answer. If only it were that simple though eh?
So, when I find myself struggling I try and tell myself that any workout is better than no workout and employ a few of the following: “Tips for getting in a mood-boosting exercise session on those days when (for whatever reason) you’re just not feeling it…”
1. Don’t put extra pressure on yourself to accomplish feats of olympic-style greatness. Some days just getting there and doing something is a great achievement. Be patient with yourself. Often you’ll find that once those endorphins start pumping you’ll want to push yourself a bit harder anyway but keep it low pressure and see how you go.
2. Plan to do whichever exercise/exercises you like best. We all have those exercises we only do on high will power days! If squatting isn’t your bag then accept that’s not what you’re going to be doing today. Sprinting is a tricky one.. so maybe today you’re going for a nice jog at a comfortable pace and that, my friend, is fine!
3. Be prepared. Put out your clothes, pack your gym back, charge your phone, find your headphones/keys/wallet the night before. Pack gym clothes you feel comfortable/good in. There’s no way my skin tight compression tops are making it to the gym with me during that monthly pmt workout struggle! In fact, I have a couple of workout tees I bought a size bigger especially for that time of the month or on low self esteem days. #KeepingItReal
4. Listen to your favourite get-you-going workout playlist before to get you in the mood. This one usually works for me. They don’t call those tunes motivational for nothing ya know!
5. Espresso. Nuff said 😉 a cup of coffee or a scoop of pre-workout can be just the ticket! Know your limits though and if anxiety is a problem remember caffeine can make this worse. I find coffee pushes me through a workout without those anxious jitters because I’m running it off (so to speak) but judge for yourself.. It effects everyone differently.
6. Make a date with a friend or plan something to look forward to for afterwards. If not being there means cancelling on a mate you’re less likely to bail… Concrete plans. Don’t have a gym buddy? Plan to meet someone for a coffee after so you have to go by a certain time and get it done and you have something to look forward to.
There will however be those days when none of the above will do the trick and the big takeaway message is …That’s OK! There’s nothing to be gained from beating yourself up. You don’t have to be on top of your game all of the time. Life can be hard so be gentle with yourself. Do what you can, when you can and you won’t go far wrong.
Till next time 🙂 xx