I went to the gym today as part of my normal routine. I attend two consecutive classes three 3 times a week because
this works best for my schedule. I made it through the cardio class ok, but when it came time to prepare for the strength/flexibility class I just wasn’t feeling it. So….I packed up my stuff and drove home.
Hmm, that does not sound very inspiring now, does it? Well, I guess I should qualify this decision by saying I am usually a very motivated exerciser. In fact, exercise has always come easier for me than controlling my food. But today, my body just was not feeling it, so I called it a day.
For me, a significant part of the weight journey has been learning to listen to my body and take cues from it.
With food, I am learning to become more attune to real signs of hunger, as well as, those times when my body needs more or less food. Likewise, with exercise I need to know when my body is telling me to slow down.
Actually, dealing with the exercise element can be a little harder. Primarily because some of us may never really “feel” like exercising. For this reason, I came up with a checklist for those days when the sun doesn’t appear to be shining on your exercise goals.
When you feel you are lacking the energy or motivation to carry through with your exercise goals. Ask yourself these questions?
If you regularly suffer from the same lack of motivation, then this is likely a “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” kind of moment. You need more gym time instead of less. For some of us, exercise falls more into the category of necessary tasks, like brushing your teeth and going to the bathroom. You may not have the time or inclination, but your body will suffer if you neglect it.
You Need Social Motivation
I find that I am much more motivated in a group, so I do most of my exercise in a group setting. A group setting increases motivation for several reasons.
If your problem is just lack of motivation, it’s time to find someone else to exercise with.
I’ll be talking about the next five motivation sappers over the coming weeks. Get out there and move that body!
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