How To Slay Every PWR Workout
Working out can be hard — and when you’re working out at home sometimes you might feel discouraged. However, even when you don’t feel like it, doing that workout or even just moving your body for ten minutes can improve your overall mood.
I have three tips for you to help you to make EVERY single workout you do — even if you are tired or just not feeling it that day — into a SUCCESS.
These tips might be different to what you are used to thinking when it comes to fitness, but I challenge you to try them for yourself.
3 steps to slay every single workout
Your workouts are not designed solely to change how you look. They’re something that you do for your health — for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. So now that I’ve reminded you of that, here is how you can WIN at every workout you do.
1. Start your workout session with a gratitude journal
Before you work out, I want you to take a moment to write down three things that you are grateful for. You can do this in the notes on your phone or use a notebook — either can be a gratitude journal.
I know that when you are feeling discouraged or down, this can be really hard to do! At times like this, I focus on the macro level of things that I am grateful for, such as:
- I am thankful to be alive
- I am thankful that my body can exercise
- I am thankful for my ability to see and hear
When you do this before every workout, you can slowly start to change any negative thought processes and start to make your workouts into a gratitude practice. Try it for yourself!
2. Reassign discomfort during your workout
When you start to feel your muscles burning and you want to quit, I want you to see these moments of discomfort as a positive sign. When you place your muscles under tension for a period of time, it’s natural for you to feel sore and tired! This is a sign that you are getting stronger.
Working out is just like other areas of your life. When you face a difficult time in your life, the fact that you feel like things are hard does NOT mean that you are weak. When you face tough times in life (or during a workout!) remember that it’s okay to feel what you are feeling.
When you are doing a workout and your muscles feel sore, it’s a sign that you are in the process of gaining strength. When you feel like quitting your workout because it feels hard, reassign that discomfort. Instead of telling yourself that it’s time to quit, remember that this is the feeling of your body changing as you gain strength.
And finish your workout, even if it means slowing down or reducing the weight you are lifting. You ARE strong. You just have to start to believe it for yourself.
3. Take a moment to acknowledge your effort
At the end of your workout, take a moment to place your hand on your heart and thank yourself for what you’ve just done.
You’ve earned this.
Every time you work out, you are putting in place the building blocks for life-long healthy habits. You are taking care of yourself — and you will reap the benefits!
Acknowledge the effort that you’ve made, whether you smashed out a personal best or simply struggled through.
You can find success with every workout that you do
If your physical fitness practice ever leaves you feeling frustrated, guilty, ashamed or discouraged, I encourage you to apply these steps to your next workout.
Exercise should never be a punishment or something that you do solely to change how you look. You can turn this negative frame of mind around by applying these steps to truly experience the full benefits of working out.
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.