It happens to even the best of athletes – you wake up, tired, struggle to gain that energy needed for the day, struggle to get through the day, get home and are exhausted and just want to plop on the couch. These types of days make it tough to get a workout in if it really is the last thing you feel like doing. Not wanting to workout is a common feeling to feel every now and then. Sometimes this feeling can last a day, and sometimes it can last a month! Regardless of when or how long you feel this lack of desire to get to the gym, it is important to do whatever you can to change your mindset as to not derail your fitness goals.
- Evaluate. The first day you experience these feelings of not wanting to go, evaluate why you are feeling like this.
- Is it just because you are tired either mentally or physically? If so, its okay to take a day off – its not going to make you gain weight as long as you keep your diet in check.
- Or, is it because you had a tough day and just feel like being lazy? If this is the case, drag yourself at least out for a walk. Burning endorphins can significantly change a mood. If you just stay home and sit on the couch, your mind will continue to think about your day and your chances of having a horrible evening on top of your bad day is high. A light workout can help clear your mind and give you clarity.
- Listen to Your Body. There are some days, as much as I evaluate what I am feeling, I can still not pinpoint it and I just know I need a day off. This is okay too! As long as this is the rarity and not the norm, it is important to listen to your body and when your body is telling you “I need to rest today” you let it. On these days though, don’t just lay around. Do a light stretching routine or a self-massage on a foam roller. Do things to help rejuvenate your muscles and help your body feel better physically.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Take It Easy. You have a 6 mile hill run planned and just plain old don’t feel like doing that workout. If you have already evaluated why you don’t want to and you are listening to your body and your body is saying it doesn’t want to, it is okay to change your plan every now and then. Instead of doing nothing though, try doing a version of your workout on an easier level. Instead of doing a 6 mile hill run, how about a 4 mile easy jog? Or, a 20-30 minute inclined brisk walk on the treadmill? Or, a 60 minute elliptical workout with heavier resistance? All of these workouts may be slightly easier on your body then a hill run however, you are still sweating and getting a workout in. You will feel better knowing you did something and only slightly derailed from your plan for the day rather then feel like you did nothing.
- Keep Your Goal In Mind. When you feel like missing a workout, sometimes all it takes is remembering your ‘why.’ Remind yourself why you are committed to being fit and healthy and that just may be enough to get your butt off the couch. If it isn’t, use your day off to think about other reasons of why you want to get fit and healthy – reasons that will motivate you to get to the gym for a great workout tomorrow.
- Don’t Try To Make Up Missed Workouts. So you missed yesterdays workout. Don’t try and go make it up in addition to todays! One of the worst things you can do is do too much – 2 workouts can be just that. Instead, just accept that you missed a workout and use it as motivation to have a great workout today. Pick up where you left off in your workout plan and just keep going.