|I know the feeling. Your dogs are barking
after a long day at work and all you want to do is plop down on
the sofa and tune in to your favorite TV show.
...Then comes that pesky little voice in your
head reminding you that you were supposed to work out today ...
what a dilemma! Maybe these tips will give you a boost that will
turn your quality couch time into time well spent!
- Go for the Afterglow
Not in the mood? Always keep in mind how great you’ll feel
after working out. If you’re feeling down or sluggish, don’t
convince yourself that exercising will sap your energy. It
will do just the opposite. You’ll actually feel more
energized following a workout, even if you're feeling tired
beforehand. Plus, exercising is a great way to chase away
the blues, even if it’s just a simple walk.
- Presumed Guilty
Think of the guilt trip you’ll save yourself by exercising
if you go ahead and do it.
when you see your neighbors hoofing it down the road when
you’ve decided to forgo your walk in favor of staying
transfixed to American Idol, you won’t feel bad and beat
yourself up about it. (Unless you consider kicking yourself
an aerobic workout!)
- Dress the Part
Instead of changing into a tee shirt and jeans when you get
home from work, go ahead and put on your exercise clothes.
Now, whenever you get the chance to work in your aerobics
video you’ll be ready to rock. And you’ll be less likely to
skip your workout if you’re already decked out for it.
- Get a Java Jolt
So, it’s time to head down to the Y and you’re thinking of
giving class a miss because you’re tuckered out from the 9
to 5 grind. Head to the nearest vending machine or coffee
shop and help yourself to a coffee or diet soda. It’s just
fine to consume caffeine a few minutes before a workout; it
will give your nervous system a boost. Bonus: Caffeine may
actually speed up your metabolism for a time!
- Be a 10-Minute Man
I hear you: You really don’t feel like stepping on that
treadmill (or is it dread-mill?) today. Well, do yourself a
favor and resolve to walk just 10 minutes. I can almost
guarantee you that once those 10 little minutes are up and
your juices have gotten flowing, you’ll feel so much better
that you’ll stay the duration of your workout. This tip has
never failed me!