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How to Make Yourself Work OutHow many of us struggle to fit a workout into our busy lives? Between work, home life, hobbies, and the occasional relaxation break, it's pretty tough to get your workout in. Add a bit of lethargy into the mix, and you've got a recipe for disaster. Don't let this be you! Follow the advice below to know how to make yourself work out, even when you don't really want to:
Remember the GoalWhy are you working out? Exercise isn't just to help you look good, but it's a vital element for good health. Exercise can burn fat and build muscle, but it will also boost circulation, balance your hormones, improve your mood, and stimulate healthier immune function. Even if you're not going to exercise for your appearance's sake, you should do so for the sake of your health. Without exercise, you'll never live the long, happy life you could have had.
Be WarmDid you know that it's easier to be "in the mood" for exercise if you are warm? When you're cold, the last thing you want to do is work out--you'd much rather snuggle up under a blanket with a good book and a warm drink. If you're struggling to force yourself to work out, get warm first. Once you've got the blood flowing, you'll find it's much easier to kick your butt into gear.
Take a ClassIt's too easy to get out of working out when you're doing your own thing at the gym. You can waltz in and out when you want, regardless of the quality of your workout. If you really want to make yourself work out, sign up for a class or personal training. You'll have to arrive at a certain time, and you'll have someone pushing you for the duration of your training session. It's the best way to ensure that you actually get in a good workout!
Do it With a Friend
If you're working out with someone else, you can't really afford to flake on your plans. They're already waiting for you at the gym, so it's too late to call and cancel. Working out with a friend helps to hold you accountable, and it's often the impetus you need to work out when you don't feel like it. Plus, it can make the workout a lot more enjoyable!
Keep it ShortWe don't all have hours to spend lifting weights or running in the gym. Sometimes, you have no more than 30 to 45 minutes to get in, get your workout, and get out. So what? You can fit an excellent workout into that time! In fact, you'll get an even better workout if you have to condense it, as you'll focus on multi-joint movements and take shorter rest periods. Plan to fit a full strength and cardio training workout in less time, and you'll get more done.
Do it AnywaysDon't have time to do the full workout today? Hit up the gym anyways and get in a shorter workout! Missed the last few days due to work? Hit the gym and do the work today, even if you're not getting a perfectly balanced week of workouts! Too tired to do your full routine? Hit the gym and do some work--it's better than nothing! In the end, you should make yourself get in the workout, no matter how you're feeling.
Be PreparedHave a gym bag packed and ready to go at all times! It will help you to get in, get the workout, and get out with far less time spent changing, showering, and preparing.