We’ve all been there, we’ve had a heavy weekend, or a stressful week at work. Colleagues are pissing us off, you’ve had a fight with your other half, and then ate a whole Dairy Milk all in one go….the big pack, not the little kind! It’s been a long day and you can just hear the sofa and a large glass of wine calling to you…..The last thing on planet Earth that you want to do right now, is go to the gym.
Right? Well, maybe…….
First, we need to change our language. A lot of people say, “I SHOULD go to the gym…” which implies it’s something that we have to do, that we don’t really WANT to do (I know that’s true for some people, but stay with me here!) If you’re really not feeling it, try and think of something you enjoy about the gym, even if it’s something simple, like being able to listen to your own music for a while, or read a book on the stairmaster (yup I’ve done that!). That way you can change the obligation laden word “should” to “I WANT to go to the gym!”
Next, think about the endorphins! Think about how you FEEL after you’ve had a good session at the gym…. pick out a few words. Ok yeah, “tired” will definitely be one of them, but how else will you feel? Empowered? Strong? Energised? Like you’ve achieved something extra in your day? Good! Remember those feelings, it will help keep you motivated.
What about your goals? Lots of people train because they have a big occasion coming up, like a wedding or a holiday, or a sporting event. You really don’t want to get to that big day and feel like you COULD have done more, or regret that you didn’t put as much time in as you could have. Keep your goals in mind when you’re thinking of skipping the gym, your future self will thank you!
Lastly, what about your mental health? We hear a lot about stress, anxiety and depression in today’s society, but how can we be proactive about looking after our mental well being? Yep, you guessed it, try some exercise! Research has shown without a shadow of a doubt, that exercise helps relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and can improve overall emotional well being and reduce stress levels. Check out this article for for loads more exercise benefits: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm
Exercise releases feel good hormones, it gives you a sense of achievement, and it can show you how strong you are. And if you go to the gym even when you really don’t feel like it, it will make you feel mentally tougher, and empowered by taking control of something in your life that might have originally felt like a chore.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t give in. Take the tougher road every now and then. Sure, if someone is genuinely sick or ridiculously overtraining (most of us will never experience that though!) take a rest day. But most of the time, try and push through. Think of how good it feels when you know you’ve trained hard and you’re working towards your goals. It might not always feel amazing at the time, but your body will thank you in the long run!
As always if you have any questions or would like some help with your training, drop me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org, or text me on 07875466275