Los Angeles, CA – 2/7/2014—
Everyone has days where a workout is the last thing on their mind, or ontheir to-do list. It could be coldoutside, or a person could be feeling a little under the weather, or it’s justsimply been a long day at work and rest may be more beneficial. While missing more than two days of a routinewhen working to build a habit can be disastrous, one way to motivate oneself onthese days is referred to by Nerd Fitness blogger Steve as “The BraveheartTechnique.”
Considering the movie, Steve describes the scene in which WilliamWallace and his makeshift army are dressed for battle on a field, waiting tohear on the outcome from negotiations with their English enemies. Rather than wait less than desirable termsthat are sure to come, Wallace “picks a fight” and the battle commences.
How can this strategy be applied on days when a person doesn’t feel theurge to hit the gym? Several ways Steveadvises. One method was to go ahead andcomplain about not wanting to exercise, but only while getting dressed to do so. He says once dressed the mind can oftenswitch focuses to an “All dressed up so I might as well go” mentality.
The second method is to show up on the work out field. How to do this? He suggests telling the mind littlelies. Only stay for the warm-up if it’sthat tiring. Only do one set. Just get in the car and drive there. Once there, it’s more than likely the personwill stay to the finish rather than getting back in and going home without a“fight.”
Another suggestion for those trying to build a routine of working out inthe morning, he suggests going to sleep in workout clothes. They’re already dressed upon waking andtherefore one step is eliminated completely.
Off days are common and acceptable, but finding a way to work throughthem is key for success.
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