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Pushing through Workout Apathy

Filed in Articles, Uncategorized by on 06/23/2012 Comments • views: 2373

Are there days you don’t feel like working out?

Like many others, I have those days as well. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a consistent workout regimen, even during those days when you don’t feel like working out.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night: On days I do not feel like working out, I’ve typically gotten less than 7 hours sleep the night before. A lack of sleep can cause you to feel too tired to exercise the following day. Getting less than 7-8 hours sleep also can have a negative effect on the growth of muscle (which burns calories) as most growth hormone is produced during sleep. A lack of adequate sleep may also cause you to eat more high calorie, high carb, and/ or high fat foods the following day. Inadequate sleep has also been associated with hypertension and obesity.

Don’t think about the workout during the day: On days that I am already feeling tired due to a lack of sleep, I find that I feel more fatigue as I think about the workout that awaits me at the end of the day. So, I don’t think about it.

No Detours before you workout: When it is time for me to workout, I make no detours. I find that a “quick” 5-minute errand can turn into a 60-minute one. Making a “quick” errand just before your workout can lead to procrastination. The longer you procrastinate, the less likely you are to workout.

Think about the first exercise only: When I start my Fitness Adventure, I focus on the first exercise only, the interval treadmill run. Thinking about the series of exercises (particularly if you are feeling tired due to a lack of sleep the night before) can cause you to give up before you even get started. You’ll be amazed at how getting started with your first exercise can give you the energy to complete your entire workout.

So, push through the workout apathy. Your body will thank you for it!

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