By the time women have spent 15 mins deliberating whether or not they want to go to their workout, they could have actually done half of their workout! Why is it that women (and I am guilty of it too!), know the benefits of exercise, love it when they feel fitter and look slimmer but STILL procrastinate about going out to train??!!
As I said on my recent blog, doing exercise actually GIVES YOU TIME and it also gives you SPACE – crucial in a modern world.
Procrastinating is a negative energy, and it is a total waste of time! Ask yourself why are you procrastinating and I’ll bet you find that underneath it all is the attitude of a 5 year old or a teenager! After all, part of us is always being run by a childish attitude – that is why we so often go into denial, think we need treats and I’ve even seen grown up women have tantrums about training!!!
Going on auto pilot is one of the best ways to get to class or the gym…. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Have your training session booked in your diary, have a list of things you need to get ready before your class or workout, have some motivational music to get you pumped up and just get there.
Now, how many of you have experienced procrastination within your workouts – often manifesting itself in slacking off early – well me for a start! You manage to get to your session and part way through you think, ‘aaah, you know I’ve done half an hour, that’ll do’ or ‘I’m just not that into it today, I’ll do more tomorrow’, or ‘I’m really tired, it’s probably better if I rest’…
As many of you will know, I am training really hard at the moment and earlier in the week I was swimming (as I have a niggling knee injury at the moment so building up some of my cardio fitness through pool training). I happened to be a bit tired and to be honest I hadn’t eaten enough the night before or that morning. I was trying to swim at a fast pace and 10 minutes in, I was finding it really hard. My initial thought was ‘I’ll stop and come back later or tomorrow’ (which of course wouldn’t have happened!). but I slowed my pace down, took my time, started thinking about nice things rather than how tired I was and within another 15 mins of swimming a slower pace, I had got over my meltdown and I swam pretty well for about another 25 minutes. Certainly not as fast or strong as I have been able to do recently, but I had a good workout nonetheless!
So next time you procrastinate about getting to your workout, spend a few seconds reminding yourselves why you want to train, what that will mean for your body and mind, INSTEAD of 10 or 15 mins on what else you could be doing and how much you don’t want to go!
And, if you find yourself drifting off in your workout and wanting to end it early, take your time to get some mental and physical energy back, focus on the reasons why you are there, think about how great you feel after your workout and how fabulous you’ll look if you stick with your training sessions!
JUST DO IT :o)
Have a great weekend Princesses!