The hardest part of any workout is the 5 minutes before you start. You are exhausted from a long, hard day at work, or perhaps you are still bed warm and haven’t had your morning coffee yet. The last thing you want to do is jump around like a crazy person until you are dripping with sweat. Oh no, the TV is the only thing calling to you (or perhaps the snooze button).
So you begin to bargain with yourself. "Oh, exercise can wait until later, I promise I’ll do it once I’ve watched my show". "I’m way too tired to do this now, I’m still half asleep. I’ll perform much better if I work out after work".
And then the inevitable happens.
You have let your best self down, and you begin to realise it after it’s too late. That’s when the self hate creeps up on you, and a downward spiral of inner turmoil begins. You miss your next workout because you feel so crappy, and then you allow yourself to give up entirely.
We’ve all been here. It’s the point that most of us begin our path to failure. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Remember, every single day is an opportunity to start afresh. You can choose to make these times a bump in your road rather than a slippery slope.
One thing I find extremely helpful is a short meditation or ‘pep talk’ before a workout. Next time you feel like giving up and staying in bed or watching TV, give this exercise a go first. You don’t have to decide whether you will workout or not until you have completed the first 6 steps. But if you give your whole self to the process I promise that you will be profoundly more likely to take on step 7!
Did the 7 steps work for you? Do you have any tips for other readers? Let us know in the comments below!