I know the feeling. Your dogs are barking after a long day at work and all you want to do is plop down on the sofa and tune in to your favorite TV show.
...Then comes that pesky little voice in your head reminding you that you were supposed to work out today ... what a dilemma! Maybe these tips will give you a boost that will turn your quality couch time into time well spent!
- Go for the Afterglow
Not in the mood? Always keep in mind how great you’ll feel after working out. If you’re feeling down or sluggish, don’t convince yourself that exercising will sap your energy. It will do just the opposite. You’ll actually feel more energized following a workout, even if you're feeling tired beforehand. Plus, exercising is a great way to chase away the blues, even if it’s just a simple walk.
- Presumed Guilty
Think of the guilt trip you’ll save yourself by exercising if you go ahead and do it. That way, when you see your neighbors hoofing it down the road when you’ve decided to forgo your walk in favor of staying transfixed to American Idol, you won’t feel bad and beat yourself up about it. (Unless you consider kicking yourself an aerobic workout!)
- Dress the Part
Instead of changing into a tee shirt and jeans when you get home from work, go ahead and put on your exercise clothes. Now, whenever you get the chance to work in your aerobics video you’ll be ready to rock. And you’ll be less likely to skip your workout if you’re already decked out for it.
- Get a Java Jolt
So, it’s time to head down to the Y and you’re thinking of giving class a miss because you’re tuckered out from the 9 to 5 grind. Head to the nearest vending machine or coffee shop and help yourself to a coffee or diet soda. It’s just fine to consume caffeine a few minutes before a workout; it will give your nervous system a boost. Bonus: Caffeine may actually speed up your metabolism for a time!
- Be a 10-Minute Man
I hear you: You really don’t feel like stepping on that treadmill (or is it dread-mill?) today. Well, do yourself a favor and resolve to walk just 10 minutes. I can almost guarantee you that once those 10 little minutes are up and your juices have gotten flowing, you’ll feel so much better that you’ll stay the duration of your workout. This tip has never failed me!