Sometimes the gym sucks.
It’s been one of those weeks where I have no motivation to workout. Usually, when I have a great sweat session, it encourages me and I can’t wait to go back. But on the days where I’m dragging and have low energy, it’s hard to get into a good routine.
When that happens, I try to remember that I don’t have to be excited to go to the gym every day. It is ok to have bad days, as long as you don’t let them discourage you completely. Because my workout schedule is pretty much habit now, I don’t get stressed if some days just don’t happen for me.
Also, I try and think of any reasons why I might be feeling this way. Last night, it was because my legs were tight and I still feel like I’m getting shin splints. I really wanted to run and I wasn’t able to and that put me in a funk. Also, I went after dinner. It was more crowded with a different group of people and I was tired and ready to go to sleep.
It helps sometimes to realize those things, so you can avoid the same mistakes and make going to the gym more pleasurable.
I also really didn’t want to be there. I typically never force myself to go to the gym, but I have a few mantras and bribes that usually work.
When I’m really feeling low, I tell myself I will just do 10 minutes, and then I can leave. I always end up staying longer.
Or I say to myself: “No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.”
And sometimes all it takes is a few minutes reading about other bloggers who had a killer workout.
The number one motivator for me is remembering that the gym is my time to unwind. It will do much more for relieving stress than an hour on Hulu. Sometimes the goal of physical activity is not physical, it’s just to zone out to some good music.
The best part is, after taking it easy for a few days and riding out the funk, my body is ready to be PUSHED and I can knock out some great workouts.
And bragging rights of course. Nothing feels better than showing up to work full of energy, knowing you already accomplished something that day!