12 Ways to Power Through a Workout When You’re Not in the Mood
There are many reasons you might not be in the mood to work out. Sometimes, it might just be a hassle to motivate yourself to get out of bed to go on an early morning jog before you start work or your parenting duties.
Other times, you may legitimately be feeling ill and your body seems too weak to move. Then, there are times when you’re just feeling stressed out or too down to do anything, much less work out. Or maybe working out just isn’t your thing; you simply don’t enjoy it and see it as something that you need to do rather than something that you want to do.
Whatever the case may be, we’ve all been there.
Whether you’re a total fitness buff or someone who works out as little as possible just to remain healthy, there are days when you’re just not in the mood. Here are 12 ways to power through a workout when you’re feeling this way:
Distract yourself mentally
If the type of exercise you’re doing is simple enough that it doesn’t require you to be mentally present, you can take the opportunity to let your mind wander and get some things done. A recent study showed that we can regulate the amount of physical pain we feel. So, not only will letting your mind wander distract you from the toughness of the workout, but it can save you a lot of time.
While running or doing repetitions, you can put on an audiobook, watch a TV show, or plan your week. The time will fly by a lot faster than it would of you were focusing intensely on your every move.
Have fun with music
Music is another distraction you can turn to while working out. Studies have shown that music makes you less aware of the exertion, thus allowing you to go on longer. It also makes you work harder and actually want to move.
Think about it: if you put on your favorite song, doesn’t it just put you in a good mood? If it’s upbeat, it probably makes you tap your feet automatically and want to get up and dance. Upbeat music simply gets your brain excited and allows you to enjoy even the things you may be dreading.
Focus on how you feel, not how you look
We all know looks can be deceiving and this applies to working out as well. You may look amazing but be unhealthy on the inside (or you may not look as great as you’d like but technically still be healthy). It’s also important to realize that the benefits of exercise on your physical appearance aren’t immediate. For example, it can take up to two months to see muscle definition, depending on how hard and how often you work out.
If you focus on the physical results, you’ll be frustrated and less motivated to continue working out. However, if you focus on the (immediate) health benefits of exercise and the way it makes you feel, you’ll be more willing to push yourself to work out.