As your alarm goes off for the 7th time, you’re deciding if you should skip the gym today because you *promise* you’ll go tomorrow, or should you just wake up and do it?
You sleep in, skip the workout and when dinner comes around you feel tired and pissed that you skipped it.
Perhaps you’re questioning why it seems so challenging for you to get the motivation to go to the gym, when all of your friends seem to be crushing it.
The secret: It’s not about motivation.
Very rarely am I motivated to go to the gym. I AM motivated to feel better though, and that’s what the gym does for me.
Calm your inner critic with knowing that there’s nothing wrong with you, you don’t have some weird lack of motivation that others don’t.
Here’s how to get to the gym, even when your motivation isn’t there:
Find out how movement makes you feel. If it makes you feel like Beyonce, or a powerful goddess who can take on the world—use that as your reason to get up. If it makes you feel more grounded, get up and use it as a tool to calm your anxiety.
Attaching your workouts solely to how it will alter your body is short lived motivation that will dissipate after two weeks or so.
Which means you need something more.
You know how people say movement will help ease anxiety and depression? It's true, it will. That doesn't mean that it's easy to get into that habit. What a cruel cycle. Movement helps ease the body and mind, but when the body and mind isn't at ease it's hard to begin actions that help.
Here are 3 actionable things you can do to actually get the F up:
- Use the 3,2,1 method. Count down from 3, then get up. When you keep telling yourself 'later', you'll never get up. Disrupt your inner critic with action, and get up after 3.
- Make it clear how you want to feel. Empowered, strong, confident, powerful? Cool, know how it makes you feel then get up for that. Knowing this is the only thing that gets me up. Too many days of not moving my body and I get more anxious than ever. The recipe for feeling more at ease? Movement.
- Commit to 7 min. If after 7 min you want to peace out? Okay cool. 7 min is 700% better than nothing at all. Typically though after 7 min, you begin to feel pretty good and will stay moving for the rest of your workout.
Here's my favorite quickie workout to do when I want something short:
Set a timer for 7-15 min and complete as many rounds as possible with good from:
- 10 goblet squats
- 10 kettlebell swings
- 10 push presses
Changing your mindset around movement can feeling challenging AF. You're not alone. It's just as hard for me, an 11 year vet to working out, as it is for my clients who are brand new to fitness to get up and get going.
Meet yourself where you're at, have a reason beyond your physical body, and get clear on how you want to feel.