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Want To Push Yourself Farther During Your Workouts? Lie To Yourself!


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I know it sounds ridiculous but when I'm hitting that moment where I'm about to decide to quit running, but I'm short of the goal I've set, I tell myself, "Okay. Just one more minute" or "Just 50 more strides" or "just finish this lap". Cutting the goal down somehow gives me the energy to push through... but when I get there, I keep going! The little fib is enough to trick me into getting through "the suck" so I can achieve what I set out to do!

- Submitted by LACE_THE_FACE 11/30/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments
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PURSUITOFJOY 12/8/2010 11:19:00 PM

    I do this too :) I tell myself it's completely okay if I stop after X amount of time. It's amazing how your body relaxes and you feel like you can do so much more. Then you get there and you realize 'huh, this isn't so bad...let me do a little more' and before you know it you've pushed yourself way past what you thought was your limit!
RING-TAIL 12/5/2010 6:27:00 PM

    I love this & I do it all the time! It seems so silly that lying to yourself could actually work. Silly as it may be, it convinces me to keep going!
REGINIA01 12/2/2010 11:55:00 PM

    I use this technique all of the time. It really does work.

Reginia emoticon
LEAG0628 11/30/2010 3:57:00 PM

    I do this, too!
SLEEPYDEAN 11/30/2010 11:16:00 AM

    Yep, I've read about this with running - just run to that next light poll or trashcan, and then once you get to that landmark you try to make it to the next one. It creates a little competition with yourself.
LADYJ6942 11/30/2010 10:55:00 AM

KVILLARS 11/30/2010 9:03:00 AM

    I had to do that exact thing last night on the treadmill and it worked! I made it the whole 30 min.
LJCANNON 11/30/2010 7:44:00 AM

    I learned that I could get out the door by saying that I'll just go for a SHORT walk. Once I'm out there I will decide to go 'one more block or to one more Landmark before I come home. Now that my Hubby is walking with me, he has learned not to trust me when I say we are going for a "Short Walk". emoticon

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