Friday, October 21, 2011
Trying to make it through a workout, only to find your energy level isn't where it needs to be? Here are ideas to give yourself a boost:
* Adopt a personal mantra. Find a positive phrase that you repeat when you are less than motivated to keep going through an activity. Maybe something like: "Try one more, just one more"---whether it's repetitions, minutes, laps, miles, whatever.
* Make a competitive game out of your activity. If you see other walkers/runners/swimmers/cyclists ahead of you, try to catch them and then pass them. If you're on a walk with your dog, try to keep in step with your four-legged friend.
* Pay attention to your breathing. Try this next time you are just getting started or in the middle of your activity: Breathe in deeply through your nose only, and exhale hard out of your mouth.
* Splash some water on your face. Get off the treadmill or take a quick time-out from that kickboxing class. Even if you're outside walking in the park, you can head over to a drinking fountain for a quick, cold-water jolt.
Source: Sandy Reid, Certified Group Fitness Instructor