When you are in the middle of a long run or a tough workout, and you feel like you’re going to die… Or at least give up and quit, there are several things you can do to help keep your head in the game! Here are five of my best tips for keeping yourself going when you are tired and just want to stop.
Put on Your Favorite Song
There is nothing that keeps me going better than a song with high energy and good rhythm (think Gangnam Style or Pitbull’s Give Me Everything). If it makes you want to shake it, play it! On more than one occasion I have paused my workout DVD to grab my phone and put on a good workout song. The mood boost it provides always keeps me going so I can finish my workout strong.
Breath Through It
Sometimes all you need to do to finish a set or circuit strong is to just breath through it. Focus in on your breathing. Match your breath to the movement. Your breath can give you something to focus on other than how tired you are, or how badly your muscles hurt.
During the toughest part of a workout I often visualize myself at my goal weight, or feeling healthy and strong, or rocking a pair of skinny jeans. You get the idea. Visualization is a powerful thing, studies have shown it to be highly motivating and effective at helping you reach your goals! When focusing on your breath just isn’t enough, try visualizing yourself at your end result. Think about why you started in the first place, and visualize yourself there.
Break it Down
Focus on getting through just your current set, circuit, mile, or even minute. If you have five minutes left on your workout, don’t look at the whole five minutes. Instead, you can look at it as five measly little one minute segments. Surely you can make it through just a few 60 second segments!
Focus on Form and Be Grateful for the Burn
When it really starts to get uncomfortable, remember that is your body getting stronger. You have to push your body to change your body. Focus in on the specific muscles you are using, concentrate on having good form and feeling those muscles work. Remember, those muscles are getting stronger as you push them and keep going through the challenging parts of your workout.
Well that’s all I have for you today folks! What do you guys do to help yourself push through a particularly challenging workout? Or to keep going on a day where you just aren’t feeling it?