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Have You Ever Talked Yourself Out of Working out?

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Have you ever needed some motivation to workout?

Look, I get it. Life gets a little crazy sometimes and it can be difficult to have the will to do what you should do.  Seems like life is full of “shoulds.”

A lot of the time, all that’s really needed is action.  Go do something!

Most of the time, people don’t workout because of lack of motivation, lack of fitness and most people just talk themselves out of going to the gym (or outside for a run).

People tend to over complicate the process in their mind, making it more difficult than it should be.  It’s like a bunch of Legos scattered on the table with 100 page manual. Unless you’re really experienced with complicated Lego projects, your brain can sometimes have a poor way processing certain actions for certain tasks.
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Here are a few strategies to help you get around the voices in your head.

1.  Pick 1 exercise.  It could be push ups, squats, sit-ups or pull ups.  Just a simple body weight exercise.  Do 1-3 sets of 20 reps.  It could help get you to gym.

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2.  Pick 2 exercises.  Just like above but multiplied by 2. Five minutes of your day gets attributed to physical fitness.

3.  Pick 3 exercises. you get the idea.


4. Go for a quick walk, run or jog.  Maybe you have live in one of those places where you have a centralized box for the neighborhood (I know it’s super annoying).  During this time, walk a little further or run. Take 8-10 minutes out of your day to do something. Maybe it will motivate you to do more.

The ideas listed above are just small snippets of 2-8 minutes of foucsed work on exercise.  You don’t have to think of going to the gym as some long 90 minute trek.  Just go and do one exercise. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

If you enjoy lifting weights, maybe you can just work your favorite muscle for a single set. Go do some push ups or sit ups.

5.  Watch something motivating.  Watching some of my favorite athletes do heavy deadlifts on you tube always makes me want to go workout.  Lately, I’ve been recommending this documentary on the Crossfit Champion, Rich Froning.

6. Listen to music that will have a chance of motivating you.  If you’re a runner (or a former runner), I’m sure you have your list of favorite tunes. Certain music has a trigger, and they can get you going when you need it.

I’ve been working on improving my writing and blogging more frequently.  One of my biggest goals is to make really good content that is inspiring and actionable.  If you know someone that would benefit from this information, please get the word out and share on your on your wall.  +1 Google, tweet, stumble upon, facebook… it would mean a lot.  Only do so if you feel it’s impactful and useful.  Thanks for reading

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