7 Tips to Get Through That Tough Workout
Sometimes you don’t want to do that extra push-up, run that extra mile, or do an additional five minutes on the elliptical. You’re tired and you want to be done. But think about the feeling you get after you’ve pushed yourself during a tough workout. It’s a sense of accomplishment knowing that you kept going — not to mention you’ve burned extra calories in the process. So, how do push on when your mind is telling you to wrap it up? Here are a seven tips to help keep you motivated during your next workout.
1. Focus on one step at a time
A workout can seem overwhelming or impossible when you solely focus on the end result. If you start a 5-mile run and fixate on how far that is the entire time, you’re going to mentally exhaust yourself. Instead, try to be more present and in the moment. “Simply focusing on one or two simple things (like your breath, pace, or the back of the athlete in front of you) at a time can help you stay present and work wonders for getting through tough training or racing,” Danelle Kabush, a LUNA Chix pro team member, told Women’s Health. You can also try just focusing on your next immediate task. If you’re biking and at the beginning of a long ride, focus on your next hill or flat stretch rather than all of the ground you still need to cover.