Exercise Anxiety

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

My week has been okay, but for some reason I was just not in the mood to work out today. I was sick yesterday (stomach bugs are the WORST) and even though I felt better today I was still a little tired. My workout dread became even greater when I went online to check the CrossFit WOD and saw that it was G.I. Jane. I didn’t know what this workout entailed, so I googled it and discovered that G.I. Jane is simple, but killer:

For time:
100 burpee pullups

This is my best “nervous” face. I never said it was going to be pretty.

I’m not going to lie, I did not want to do even a single burpee pullup this afternoon, let alone 100. I started considering skipping the workout, but as soon as the thought crossed my mind I immediately started getting my but in gear so that I wouldn’t have time to change my mind.

Here are some easy tricks I used today that can help you commit to your workouts:

1. Make a plan
It always helps to have some sort of accountability to avoid skipping a workout. Today I wrote a comment on my gym’s website saying that I would be at the 4:30 class so that everyone would know. Whether you schedule your workout into your calendar, make a gym date with a friend or sign up for a class in advance, having some sort of accountability will make you think twice before skipping a workout.

2. Put on your gym clothes
As soon as I decided to go to the earlier class, I put on my workout clothes and sneakers. I didn’t have to leave for another hour, but just having my gym clothes on solidified my commitment to working out and made it easier for me to get my butt out the door.

3. Take baby steps
100 burpee pullups seemed pretty overwhelming, so instead of thinking about how many I had to do I broke my workout down into smaller steps. I told myself I would only do 25 reps at a time and take small breaks when I needed them. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by a long run or a killer strength training session, breaking your workout into smaller parts makes it seem less daunting.

You know what? The WOD wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really tough workout and I was a sweaty beast by the time it was over, but once I got moving I was actually feeling pretty strong. I finished 100 burpee pullups in 16:33. I left the gym sweaty, dirty, fatigued and very happy.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sayings:

You never regret a workout!

How do you motivate yourself when you aren’t in the mood to workout??

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