Sometimes it’s hard enough to drag yourself out of bed in the morning to exercise, but when you are dreading your workout, it just becomes that much harder. Our preferred activities often win out and we avoid reps, sessions or vinyasas we hate.
However, if you love your workout and the form of exercise you are doing not only are you more committed to showing up, you will also give it your all. Simply put, love your workout and you’ll get better results. But how do you turn it around? Can you really learn to love a particular exercise? Yes, and here’s how you can happily convert.
Shift your mental focus
By going into a workout with a poor attitude and thinking about how much you don’t like it, you instantly start off the wrong foot. Instead, shift your mental focus from the negative to the positives like the physical and psychological rewards you will receive from doing a particular exercise.
For example, if running is your thing and yoga is just something you dread, instead of brushing it off, focus on the benefits. Your breathing will be better, you will be more nimble and you will experience better thoracic rotation. Yoga can then become a supplementation to your everyday workout, rather than a chore as you will feel the benefits when you run.
Ditch the pressure
Many of us typically put a lot of pressure on ourselves when it comes to performance. One reason we tend to steer clear of particular workouts is because we don’t excel at them. When you continually focus on a few exercises, part of why you love your workout is because you feel good, (maybe even look good) and get good results.
Instead of putting immense pressure on yourself to perform at a certain level, cut yourself some slack. You don’t have to be great at everything. If yoga is not your primary exercise, than don’t put yourself down for not being able to perfect a certain pose or for looking totally awkward. Consider it as an add-on to your existing regime and that while there will be benefits from doing it, it doesn’t really ‘count’ in the same way.
Reap the benefits
Training has plenty of benefits to your health and wellbeing, but sticking to the same routine day in day out can actually hinder your results and also cause burnout. Your body requires stimulus, a form of shock to the system. If you regularly run a 5km run around the block at a constant base, your body will get comfortable. Chuck in a few of those sprints up the hill you dread and your body will have a wakeup call. Changes like this will help you build endurance, strength and speed and as you see these results you are bound to love your workout.
But there are also psychological benefits of including different types of activities into your regular routine. While at the beginning a particular workout might not be to your liking, it’s important to look at the bigger picture. There is plenty of thought out there that keeping it fresh and interesting, can really simulate your mind and once you get into it, can be a lot of fun.
Learning to enjoy your exercise is just about having a shift in your perspective. Give it time and don’t put so much pressure on yourself and before you know it, you will be bouncing out of bed in the morning to get moving