Workout blues (for lack of a better title)
I always workout right after work, but the last two days it has been raining right when I get off work. So when I get back to the house, I just do not want to work out (I've still forced myself, my heart wasn't in them though). Anybody else run across any similar problems? If so, any tips on fighting through it?moore3883 by:
Agree with the YDU just go out and do it, and keep it light if it makes it easier. The main thing is to do it and not let the weather alter your plans. Trust me I know this as I live in Iceland and I must be able to work out no matter what the weather throws at me.
One tip to add to this is to use some music or listen to the radio to kind of have some thing to look forward to. So you are not so much working out as you are just listening to music or listening to some radio.
Oh, heck, yes!
This kind of thing goes in phases for me. Sometimes I just don't have the energy to do the full court press and I just don't feel like getting up in the AM and working out. Lately, the basement (where I work out) is cold in the AM and I really have to push myself to get going!
I usually just get up and push play and most of the time I feel better afterwards. If I really just can't muster the strength (I'm just too tired), I dial it down and do a light work out or yoga. I always try to do at least a short workout, so I don't miss a day completely. (Using Daily Burn you can go for a low intensity or short option.) That often gives me a boost and I can come back to a full work out later in the day.
A good friend of mine who is a semi-pro body builder and burlesque dance told me that she doesn't always have great work outs, but that if most of them in a week are good she is happy with herself. The rest is just the determination to not give up when you don't want to do it that one day.
I love the sound of rain - I like being out in it, because I am usually all alone out there, laughing up at the sky. I like to splash! I am inside all day at work, so having the outdoors all to myself is a delight. While everyone else is scattering for shelter, I am out there walking around enjoying the free water.
I don't work out at night, because my energy levels are too low at that point, and all I want to do at that point is eat some delicious dinner (I like to cook so that is not really a problem), and then relax.
I work out in the morning, right after my coffee and green tea. While I'm drinking those liquids, I'm usually scrolling thorugh the articles on the LIFE tab, which is how I get my mind on track for the workout. My workout time is when I refocus on my goal for this year of making the outside of me match the person who I am on the inside (I'm going for total authenticity). I have a picture of me back when I was 35, looking quite fabulous, that is posted on my refrigerator and in my cell phone. I am now 55 - so I am going for a different kind of fabulous now. I'm still willing to believe that 55 year old women can be dangerously attractive, strong, and complex. I am leaving the middle aged flubber behind with which I have insulated myself, because that is not who or what I am any more. When I get home after work, if I have had a particularly crappy day, I like to do a short yoga workout, which invariably destresses me. If it has been a good day, I'll spend a little time simply enjoying the happy thoughts and feelings, going over what went right with my day. When I'm feeling depressed, tired, or sick, I'll give myself an extra hour of sleep (meaning I go to bed an hour earlier). This usually does the trick, and solves the motivation problem in the morning. I also am a reader - when I feel a bad mood either looming or thundering down upon me, I try to first do self-care, which for me is a cup of tea, reading a good-mood book, or writing down my feelings and emailing them to myself, or sometimes taking care of one task that is causing an inordinate amount of stress - and then getting in that extra hour of sleep. If that doesn't work, or I can't fall asleep, then I'll call a family member and try to shift my focus away from my problems and on to their life without any reference to anything bothering me. This can help me change my "mental" channel as well. When I take care of the mood, the motivation to workout is not a problem - I'll do it almost on auto-pilot. I find that quite a few of my perceptions on life change for the better when I get more sleep. I need 9 hours to feel this way. Fortunately, I am now in a position to give myself that luxury, as my children are all grown and I have removed myself from most toxic relationships. Just figuring out how to get that done is a stress reliever!
I guess what I'm trying to say that my motivation to workout is based on my mood and energy levels. As long as I pay attention to self-care, the motivation is not a problem. So, my advice to you is: (1) treat yourself as you would a guest, with consideration and good manners, (2) eat your food as directed - it's good for you, it's delicious, and it helps with mood control, (3) manage your stress levels - reduce the stress load by taking care of the stressors, and (4) sleep as much as your body craves by going to bed earlier!
I have a similar problem. If I have any kind of emotionally draining situation, it is very tempting for me to skip working out and also eat unhealthy food. However, I started off with True Beginner three weeks ago, and in the second week I got bad news about the health of a family member. This caused my usual slump - a few days eating bad food and not exercising. By the time I returned to the program, if had moved up to level 2 of that series of workouts, and everything was harder - and harder even still because I'd spend 4 days not working out.
So I will say one thing that has motivated me since then with DailyBurn is knowing that things are going to change, and I need to keep exercising in order to keep up with the changes. It helps that even though I know I can always go back and do the easier videos, I really want to keep moving forward.
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