We all know Autumn is the last season before winter and by now we are pretty drained when it comes to training and being active. I mean before we know it we’ll be sitting there with night socks on and some coco in hand…. (Heck, wait, thats me right now!). The point is, we don’t feel at our best or warmest and therefore, we just don’t want to do anything. But I’m here to tell you that you should. Even when you don’t feel at your best. The reason is that you may feel lethargic and you may not feel like doing much at all, but once you’ve done it, and your body is rushing with endorphins, you naturally start feeling better and want to continue training. You want to keep feeling that way and fo some of us, thats an important feeling as it helps a lot of us stay away from being negative, or feeling depressed.
So What Does Exercise Mean To You?
If you think of exercise as a duty or a burden, thats all it will ever be. It would always be something you do because you feel you need to rather than because you actually like doing it. So lets workout how we can make this something you would enjoy doing to keep yourself warm and feeling goooood! 😀 Firstly, lifting weights isn’t the only way to get a good workout. It is very beneficial in its own rights but there are also other ways to set off if you don’t feel too comfortable with weight lifting just yet. Exercise is so vast. Sometimes we don’t even realise we are exercising. However, something like a brisk walk/jog to the local shop to get some milk, or cycling to work are activities that can be incorporated into your lifestyle without even realising that you are increasing your heartbeats per minute. Increasing your heart rate at a steady rate, is inevitably what we want to do to help us get fitter. How about attending a Zumba class? Or maybe yoga? Or just having a kick about with some friends? They are all ways to help you start enjoying an active lifestyle and increase the heart rate.
I firmly believe in positivity and essentially, it’s effects on the body. Having the right attitude towards anything in life is a step up because it allows you to see things differently. If used correctly, it pretty much sets you up for success. So instead of talking yourself into exercising, how about being accepting towards it in the first place. Think of it as having a go, and just go for it. Enjoy it. Allow yourself to process everything in a positive manner so that when you would actually be saying “no” or “I can’t do that”, you’re actually trying it and saying “yes sure, lets have a go”, “whats the worst that can happen?” Try new things, allow yourself to be open to new challenges and tasks. If the voice in your head is saying ”no, gym is not for me”, you tell that voice “thank you very much for your opinion, but now I am going to try out something new!”
For some people, music works wonders! When your not quite feeling it, pump up the DJ in you! An energetic song can influence your body to work that extra bit without you even realising. Because you are having that much fun with the beats of the sound, you are more likely to move more energetically, using up more energy. Having said that, you may just enjoy that exercise that little bit more, and who knows, maybe you’d want to try it again, sooner than later!
Understanding your WHY is vital. When you know the reason behind wanting to exercise, you are more likely to carry it out. Knowing your intention could essentially drive your actions. Question yourself as to how exercising could benefit you on a day to day basis. Keep questioning yourself until you come up with an answer that you cannot deny. You want this answer to push you, almost as if it’s motivation kicks in every time you feel lazy or demotivated. Remind yourself of your ‘WHY’ and give yourself that kick in the backside we all need from time to time!
Procrastination! The king of all kings! It is SO damn real. Especially for someone like me. I would know, I have a million things to get through, but would rather sit there and THINK about how im going to get it done. The reality of the matter is, we need to start learning to kick procrastination to the kerb, and really get stuck in! Take action! Sometimes you may not even be motivated, but because you got up and went for that jog or got your gym kit ready, your body wants to go that extra mile and do something about it. Thus, the motivation comes after the action. If you wait for the motivation, you may never give yourself the chance to take that action. Do keep in mind that you don’t have to feel like exercising, just do it because you said you would. it doesn’t have to be big. You can start off by going for a walk, or jogging, maybe even go for a swim, whatever you do will activate the ‘feel-good’ hormones (endorphins) which would also bring in the motivation to want to continue exercising. Once you start getting results, you will be hooked!
Train With Someone
The next time you feel low, and don’t want to train, or even carry out a particular exercise take a friend or a sibling. What you may dislike, might be something they enjoy. Find somebody who enjoys being active and exercising. Somebody who will encourage you or motivate you when you don’t really feel like exercising. And above all that, you’d have fun because you’re not doing it alone. You’ll have somebody to laugh with when your in that awkward cobra position, or when you accidentally fall backwards from losing balance. Its not always about being serious…lighten up, and enjoy the moments, with friends/family who are just as clumsy as you and ultimately, you’d be supporting one another. I mean what can get better then that?
Work With Your Body
To gain results and motivation you need to be able to come up with a plan that supports your eating, sleeping and exercising. What I mean by this is sometimes the reason we’re feeling not quite with it is simply because we are out of sync with our bodies. This results in our bodies feeling weak and drained and not wanting to do anything. Im sure we’ve all heard of the saying ‘fuel your body’, and it essentially means just that. Eat right, get enough sleep and in turn that will give your body the energy ‘fuel’ to carry out those perfect planks or squats you’ve been meaning to try!
I hope this inspired you to start on something if you haven’t already and if you have, kudos to you, I hope you continue to make it work for yourself. Autumn leading up to winter can be a very difficult time for some people as the weather becomes very dull and depressing and it generally seems a lot more difficult to stay above board. My advice to you, yes you who just whispered to themselves “that is so true, I feel that”… GET UP! GET OUT! Do what makes you happy! Its the time when gyms become less busy, so if you’re worried about what people are going to think, don’t be. Nobody is really going to be there 😉 It is your time to shine! Go get it! Lets make it happen for ourselves! Nobody is going to do it for us, its all down to us! Wake up and smile! Lets try and end the year with a bang. Side note: Don’t even get me started on how fast this year has gone! Anyway, do comment below and let me know what you think of the post, have you been inspired? Any requests on what you want me to blog on next? Let me know!
“All Progress Takes Place Outside The Comfort Zone” – Michael John Bobak