Category: burnout



Think about the after effects:
This is how I convince myself to not go back to bed when the alarm goes off at 4:14 a.m. I do this every single day. I never think about the actual act of exercising. I think about the after effects. I keep in mind how great I will feel after I’m done working out. On the flip side, I think about how disappointed and angry I will be with myself later in the morning for not exercising. I also think about my post-exercise routine, which is taking a nice shower and having a great cup of coffee while in my pajamas after the kids go to school.

Get dressed:
I work out in the morning, but many people exercise after work. When you get home, change into your “gym” clothes. This way, there’s one less obstacle standing in your way of exercising. When we’re tasked with something we don’t want to do or think we are unable to do, we count and dread each step required. By changing into your workout clothes as soon as you get home, you’re ready to jump onto the treadmill without any contemplation.

Change it up:
You may not have the urge to exercise today because you’re tired or burntout. One of the best ways to rejuvenate your exercise routine is to switch itup. I do the elliptical almost every day, and some days it is dreadful. On those days when I feel like I might not do cardio, I let myself off the hook from doing the elliptical and I do something different or new. I take a cardio kick boxing class or alternate the rowing machine and stair climber instead. Some days I will go swimming. Do something that you haven’t done before and add that to your exercise mix.

Do anything:
If nothing works motivating you to exercise, at the very least do something.Walk for 5 or 10 minutes, ride a bike down the street, anything. This keepsyour routine of working out everyday going, gets your blood flowing faster,elevates your heart rate, and is just overall good for you. You also may end up doing more than you think you can once you get moving.

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