I was just browsing around SparkPages, and I noticed something many people have in common - The dread of working out.
I'm not too far from that. It's quite strange really. For me:
I dread it beforehand.
During, I think, "Okay, at least I'm doing something...." *tired* "Gotta keep going" *feel amazing & energized*
Afterwards, I'm SO proud of myself with good reason to be. Plus, I'm feeling the happy chemicals my body produced, blood's flowing, ready to go home and dance around the house!
You will never regret working out once you've finished. In fact, you will feel amazing! You will have done what most people don't! You will have taken control of your goals (inward strength) and be on the way to a stronger, leaner body (outward strength)!!
EARLY MORNING WORKOUTS:
I am NOT a morning person. It typically takes me several hours to feel awake. I hate, hate, hate early mornings. I think it's unnatural to be awake before the sun rises. You can imagine my surprise when I say that I have grown to LOVE early morning workouts!
Again, it's a funny battle between hate and love. I hate that I'm making myself get up early to go the gym, but:
I LOVE the satisfaction I get from the shocking fact that I've done it!
I LOVE the surge of energy, peace, and happiness I get, which I greet my hubby with in the morning! I get to have breakfast with him on those mornings, cheerfully!
I LOVE the encouragement I find at the gym ungodly early. Mine is full of people who have gone to work out before work! Some even SHOWER there for the day! Everyone always looks so peaceful there, listening to music, jogging on their treadmills. So many around me are running, and it reminds me I want to be able to do that, too!
I LOVE getting to watch a tv show I love, Charmed, (while on the treadmill) if and only if I make it to the gym on time!
I LOVE looking like a "badass" using the weight machines among the boys! (Even if I use them on very low settings, I can only get better every day!)
No one talks to anyone at the gym, so you don't have to worry much about judgement. You won't really care what anyone thinks anyway, especially if you're listening to music that you -you guessed it- LOVE.
It also helps to stock up on workout clothes that you're excited about wearing!! Wear what ever you feel confident in, but which also makes you excited to put on!
You have to find a way to enjoy what you are doing! Then your actions become a lifestyle change, and not a procrastinated annoyance!
Incentive, incentive, incentive! Just look for your own personal incentives!! If you hate working out, figure out what you hate about it and try modifying it! If you can't modify it, just remind yourself that every day the act will get easier and easier until you need to modify it to become harder!!
I've just started my weight loss journey. Last month I went to the gym collectively maybe 8 times and that's all. It's time to get serious!! This motivation is for me as well as you!!! :)