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3 Ways to Power through Workouts You Hate

Here are 3 suggestions that just may be able to get you motivated to power through those workouts you hate.

Determine Your Best Time of Day

In order to ensure that you will be able to complete your workout, you must first determine what time of day will be best for you to begin. Some people consider themselves "morning people."  They hop out of bed and hit the ground running. If this describes you, a morning workout would be most beneficial. Just set your alarm an hour earlier and you will be able to fit in your workout before your day really begins. Use that early morning energy to get you to the end of your workout.  On the other hand, if you need your third cup of coffee before you can even function in the morning, you will be setting yourself up for failure trying to exercise in the a.m.  For that "night owl," working out in the early evening will be best. The key is to find the time of day where your energy level is high and your focus is keen. Everyone is different and you must find what works best for you. Keep in mind that you do not want to workout just before trying to go to sleep. Give your mind and body enough time to recover from your workout before you climb under the covers.

Set Goals and Document Progress

Are you looking to lose weight? Do you just need to firm up some trouble spots? Perhaps you are looking to build muscle. Take some time to think about what your specific goals are before you begin your workout. Take an inventory of your current status and write it down in a journal. Weigh yourself, measure yourself, even take some pictures. This will allow you to keep track of your progress. Once a week, document your information and look for changes. Understand that slow and steady progress is most desirable. Set small goals and reward yourself when you reach them. Make a promise to treat yourself to a new pair of shoes when you complete a goal. Don't let yourself be discouraged, everyone hits a plateau now and then. Every so often, go back into your journal and look at how far you have come. Achievement can be a great motivator.

Variety is the Spice of Fitness

How can you expect to power through your workout if it is the last thing you want to do? There are many different types of workouts to choose from, so make sure you are doing something that suits you. Fitness facilities have countless types of machines for the person who likes to focus and workout to her favorite tunes through her headphones. A group exercise class would be great for the social fitness enthusiast. Go with a friend and chat over a smoothie when you are done. Make your workout time a social event. Prepare a workout schedule that suits you and then change it up every once in a while so you won't get bored.


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