Putting the Work in Working Out
Working out isn’t necessarily easy. Maybe that’s why it’s referred to as work. I wonder if our attitudes might be different if we thought of it as play, but that’s an idea for a completely different post. For now, most people refer to exercise as working out, and for most of us, it feels like work.
And because it feels like work, we don’t necessarily want to do it, and sticking to it is difficult. However, by thinking of it as a job, we can increase our chances of success. Here are three solutions to put your good intentions to work for you.
- Make it non-negotiable. Those who are successful in their fields generally do not wake up each morning and decide whether or not they will go to work. Unless something is markedly different, they simply get up and start getting ready.
- Know why you do it. People may not think about why they go to work each day, but they have reasons. For most people, the promise of a paycheck is a strong motivator. If you are exercising, the payoff comes in the forms of changes in body shape and increased health and stamina, just to name a few. Others do their jobs because they enjoy the work, or feel gratified that what they are doing makes a difference in the world. Those who are exercising would do well to think about why it is important. Your reasons will be as individual as you are. Some people make a list and use it when motivation is flagging.
- Take planned time off. This does not mean deciding on the spur of the moment that you will not work out on a given day. Just as you would schedule vacation time from your job, you can do the same with your exercise. Generally, scheduling the time off allows you to enjoy it more thoroughly, rather than carrying around a nagging sense of guilt because you just didn’t feel like doing the work on a given day.
There are many different kinds of exercise you can do to find the fit that best meets your needs. Looking for a place to get started? Our website has workouts designed for all abilities. Each is clearly described, and there’s no need to commute to a gym to do this vitally important work.