The hardest part of a workout happens before the exercising begins -- and that's getting out of your door. Whenever or wherever you do your workouts, the important thing is to just do them.
Here are a few tips to overcome the challenge of getting out the door for your workouts:
1. Get Support.
Fellow exercisers can give you the push you need. You can join a running (or cycling or swimming or yoga) group or find just one workout buddy. The effect is the same: other people not only hold you accountable for your fitness goals but also provide pep talks and comradery when you just don't feel like moving. Being part of a group can even provide motivation on days when you choose a solo workout instead…'cause you know your group is working out with or without you! (Find sports organizations near you on Active.com.)
2. Identify your "biological primetime" and work with it, not against it.
Many people find that morning workouts are the best way to fit exercise into their schedule. Respect your body's natural rhythms and do what works for you. You're far more likely to stick with your workout program if you feel great when you workout.
3. Fuel your body.
Chances are, if you lack motivation to get your butt out the door for a workout, you could benefit from a little food-induced energy boost. Contrary to popular belief, eating before a workout - 1.5 to 2 hours before, to be exact - is a good idea and doesn't inhibit your body's ability to burn fat (if weight loss is one of your goals).
A corollary of #3, but worth mentioning on its own. If you're feeling sluggish, you may be dehydrated. Have a glass of water to wake up your body and prep it for some sweatin'!
What about you? How do you get yourself out the door?
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Lara Dalch, CHC About the author:
Lara Dalch is a holistic health and nutrition counselor and Certified Pilates Instructor in Seattle, Washington. Click here for more health advice from Lara.