Anyone who's tried to stick to a workout routine knows what it's like to have those days when you just don't feel like it—when you feel like you haven't gotten any results from your exercise, and you wonder why you even bother. That can be depression (or laziness, depending) talking, and a surefire way to push through that fog and get your running shoes on is to focus on how you'll feel when you're finished.
Even though it seems counter-intuitive, you'll feel energized after even a short walk or workout, and the emotional benefits will make themselves known to you long before the physical ones will. Most people try to focus on inches slimmed or pounds lost—since they'll come later, consider honing in on the emotional benefits instead to hit that need for instant gratification you may have. In addition to preparing for those depressed days by remembering how good you'll feel, the folks at BodyHack suggest making a running schedule you'll want to stick to as a kind of carrot to stay motivated.
The idea itself isn't new—we've mentioned rewarding yourself immediately as a way to keep exercise interesting, and the idea is definitely sound—if the feeling of accomplishment and the endorphins aren't enough to get you up and onto the treadmill or exercise bike, maybe treating yourself to something nice when you're finished will do the trick. How do you stay motivated to work out on those down days? Share your tips in the comments below.
One of my favourite places to walk and cycle is at a small garden next Kelab Tasik Putrajaya..here is one nice angle I shot yesterday.Hope you enjoy the nice view..How I wish my house is a few metres away from this small lake..
A new milestone was reached yesterday when more than 3,000 people set a record for participating in the largest inter-park cycling event in Malaysia.
The Putrajaya Inter-Parks Ride, which was part of the Wow! Putrajaya Carnival 2012, cycled its way into The Malaysia Book of Records yesterday after the participants finished the 34km ride through five parks in the federal administrative capital yesterday.
Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal, who flagged off the event, said that it was a good initiative to promote healthy living and raise awareness of environmental issues.