Working Out When You Don’t Want to
Working Out When You Don’t Want to, is not as hard as you may think. Let me tell you about my morning and how I made it through my workout when I really wanted to stay in bed. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee.
My alarm went off this morning and I hit the snooze. “Oh,” I thought to myself, “I really need to get up and make my way to the gym”. “But I’m so tired,” I argued with my self. Well, this is what I do on those mornings I can barely put one foot in front of the other. I fake it till I make it. I’m gonna tell you exactly what I do so that I can inspire you for Working Out When You Don’t Want to.
The night before
Fortunately the night before, I had enough sense to put out a couple of outfits that I like to wear to the gym. I always change my mind in the morning so I have two to choose from. This saves me time from gazing into my closet wondering for 15 minutes what I wanna wear to the gym.
Even if you do nothing else to prepare yourself for going to the gym doing this one thing, laying out your clothes the night before, is a huge time saver. Just help yourself with that.
Next, hair goes up in a ponytail, fake eyelashes on ( because mine are so skimpy and It saves time doing any makeup. Lastly, a nice peachy lipgloss and that’s all I need to move on to getting my gear.
What’s in the bag?
What’s in my gym bag? My gym bag is small. I have a water bottle, headphones, keys cash and my phone. I shower when I get home because I don’t wanna carry a change of clothes, shoes, and everything that entails. ugh.
The only time I carry extra clothes is if I have to be at an appointment of some kind directly after my work out I just prefer to travel lightly most of the time.
Now, I’m at the YMCA and I still do not feel much more motivated than I did when I got out of bed this morning. What’s a girl to do? Socialize, hmm hmm, procrastinate just a little bit longer. lol.
Coffee, you lure me in every time
Coffee (oh the delicious smell wafting through the air) was brewing in the commons area where folks come and go and meet and greet before and after workouts. I decide that a small cup of coffee may help. A short visit with friends can’t hurt a thing.
I had a lovely visit not longer than ten minutes, then it was off to the locker room to put headphones in and set Bluetooth on my phone. Upstairs I go to the weight room. I finally made it.
This is a recipe for success
Now that I’m here I realize that I’m still sluggish, but I head to the lat pulldown bar and I set my weight ten pounds light and tack on 2 more reps. This feels about right, I feel fine. I move on through my routine lightening the weights only if I was struggling with it.
Pretty soon, the music playing was good and I was feeling better. I felt more motivated and I began to hit it. My stride that is. The brain fog was gone and I’m working out.
By the time I finish my upper body routine, I was doing well. I was feeling good and the dread of doing the rest of my work out was gone!! YASSSSS.
That my friend is the secret of how to go workout even if you don’t want to. It’s ok to give yourself a break. There’s NO law that says you must go balls to the wall every time you go to the gym. It’s not realistic. Nor is it reasonable expectations for yourself.
Stay within your parameters
What you want to do is stay within the parameters of your usual routine. A little less weight is ok. If you wanna walk three miles as opposed to running five on the treadmill that’s great. You are still getting your workout and you have every right to feel that you got something accomplished for the day. Good for you. Yes, you deserve a pat on the back. This is how I manage to stay on a 3/4 days a week schedule. This is what makes it manageable for me.
Drink more water
Before I go, I will say that what was making me sluggish this morning was mild dehydration. It will sneak up on you and you will be surprised when you realize,” shoot I’ve only had 16 oz. of water today.” No freaking wonder I was so tired. So I upped my water intake because I’m not a fan of the I don’t wanna get out of bed today syndrome. I like to avoid that as much as possible.
Another tip I have for working out when you don’t want to is to make sure you get good protein whether it’s meat or plant-based or both. Your muscles need to be nurtured and good nutrition is key.
Looking for the fountain of youth?
When I learned that strength training was the secret to feeling younger, that secret motivated me to work out when I didn’t want to.
There certainly are two sides to every coin and this is true for the aging process. Some look the exact same today as they did 20 years ago, you know the type. Think Dick Clark or Will Smith. They just always look fabulous. Then there are some who looked much older than their true chronological age.
In the beginning, its motivation that helps you work out when you don’t want to. About 6 months later, good habits will be very helpful for getting you to work out when you don’t want to. Therefore, I would rather focus on the positives. My goal to look maybe five or ten years younger if I can for as long as I can. It makes my day when people who don’t know me refer to me as my granddaughters’ mother. It really
makes my day. Who am I kidding? It makes my whole week.
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Finding the fountain of youth
When you make a commitment to fitness, that commitment will go a long long way to helping you work out when you don’t want to. I found the fountain of youth when I committed to strength training. You might be asking yourself how this helps with the aging process? Let me count the ways:
- Increased muscle strength makes everyday chores easier. (This one is number one for obvious reasons).
- Strong muscles burn fat. If the stove is your body, the burners are your muscles and when they heat up (firm up/get stronger)they are super-efficient at burning fat and sugar for fuel.
- When you feel strong, you are more likely to catch yourself before you fall should you trip over shoes left in the middle of the kitchen. My son leaves his shoes out all the time.
- Muscles don’t just look good on men, they can make a woman’s body shapelier and curvier without bulking up. (Unless you want to be muscularly defined then that’s another blog post entirely.)
- Strength training improves bone density, preventing them from breaks from falls and will go a long way to prevent osteoporosis.
- The boost in attitude, mood, and self-confidence is the icing on the cake when it comes to strength training.
- Last but not least, the sex drive is revved up. I must say it’s just delightful to feel sexy.
Finding the Fountain Location
If you decide to go to a gym, visit a few and see what setting appeals to you. Some have pools, juice bars, and free coffee, personal trainers on staff and more. You may prefer to begin at home, you absolutely can do just that. There is so much information available that you can create a beginning routine that would be great for you. Remember fitness is a journey There are a lot of bodyweight exercises you can do that require no weights at all. Read more here at Livestrong.com
Working out when you don’t want to can make you feel younger
I don’t want to wear you out with studies and statistics about how
resistance training is paramount to anti-aging but you should know that the University of New Mexico completed a comprehensive study over a period of 26 weeks complete with muscle biopsies concluding that yes, Resistance Training can reverse the Aging Process. Feel free to read about the entire process of this study. I found it quite interesting.
That’s all for today friends.
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I’m Karen with Embracing-Aging
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