More often than not getting yourself to workout or go to the gym is a mental game. Your body is ready and willing to put in the work but we’re stressed, tired or would prefer to watch a movie on the couch. Luckily, you can beat yourself at your own game by telling yourself these 10 “little white lies.”
“I’ll just go for 20 minutes.”
This is my go-to “little white lie” when I need to go to the gym and 9 times out of 10 I stay for an hour and feel amazing when I’m done.
“I’ll do the easiest workout.”
For me, this is often a jog on the treadmill. So often the gym just seems like a daunting task. By planning to do something “easy” you get past that mental block.
“I’ll reward myself with [Insert drink or snack of choice here].”
There’s nothing wrong with a little bribery, especially if it means you’ll do your workout instead of skipping it. Just remember, rewarding yourself is okay—but everything in moderation still stands.
“I know I’ll regret not going later.”
More often than not, thinking about how I’ll feel AFTER I go to the gym is what gets me to go in the first place. It’s easy to be in the moment and only think about everything else you want to do, but taking yourself out of that and thinking ahead may be just what you need.
“I’ll just walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes.”
This is a simple, easy and relaxing way to workout. Especially when you’re listening to music or watching a TV show that you love.
“I’ll listen to that awesome throwback playlist while I workout.”
Music has a major impact on how we perform when working out. In many cases it pushes you harder and keeps you working out longer. This is especially true if it’s a playlist or album you’re really looking forward to listening to.
“I’ll see if X wants to go to.”
There’s accountability in partnering up with someone else. If you have a friend or significant other who likes to work out, see if they’ll go with you instead of relying on your will power alone.
“I’ll take a class.”
Sometimes I just don’t want to think when I’m at the gym and the best way to do that is to take a class. Going to the gym and just doing what a trainer tells you may be an easy way to get yourself moving.
“I’ll do a short Nike Fit workout.”
The rationale behind this one is the same as the one above—without having to plan a workout yourself, you can show up, do what the app tells you, and leave feeling great that you showed up and did it.
“I’ll quickly write a workout right now”
If you don’t want to go to the gym because you walk aimlessly from one machine to another, take a few minutes to write a workout. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a quick crash course:
Write out 10 to 12 exercises that you love, either full body or focused on one area (I.E. lower body, upper body or core), and then choose your reps and sets. To make this even easier, just plan for every workout to be 10 reps and 3 sets of each. For example:
Full Body – 10 reps each, repeat 3 times
- Squat jumps
- Plank jacks
- Bicycle crunches
- Bicep curls
- Shoulder press
- Alternating lunges
- Weighted hip bridge
- Glute kicks