Seduce your inner strength - self seduction.
Pick up a men or women’s magazine this time of year and it will be dripping with headlines “how to get a body he wont be able to resist”…..”how to keep your stamina in the bedroom with these super-foods”….you name it, there been an article on it.
Whilst it can be entertaining to read, exercise shouldn’t be about pleasing anyone but yourself. I am pretty selfish when it comes to exercise. That’s my time. That’s my 10-20 minutes where I can get sweaty and out of breath, taking me away from the daily chores and my time to reflect. It’s usually when I have my best ideas, prioritise and rationalise life. Whether in a group or training on your own, it gives you a rush and makes you feel empowered, having you strut out the door because you just owned it.
But how do you motivate yourself on those days when you just don’t want to do anything? Walking through the door to get started can be the hardest bit to do. Some days I grab a neighbour or friend and ask if they fancy a workout/drag them to join me, but other days time doesn’t allow this and I have to get myself raring to go on my own.
Time to seduce that inner animal inside of yourself.
Motivation. We have all sat down and watched a fitness/sporty movie (Rocky anyone?) and have felt that motivation to want to go out for a run, or go to the gym for a sweat fest. However, that lasts for about 10 minutes before you’re reaching your hand back into the biscuit tin. The motivation that comes from within is the most likely approach to get you all the way out of the door. This can be in the way of setting yourself a challenge or an accomplishment that isn’t too far out of reach. For example, you managed three rounds in a 10 minute AMRAP (as may rounds as possible) last week….this week lets make it 4 rounds. That feeling of self achievement can have you walking on cloud nine for the rest of the day and owning that invisible superhero cape.
Look good, feel good. Therefore, spruce yourself up a bit by wearing your favorite outfit and make yourself feel damn hot, for no one else but yourself. You’ll catch yourself in the mirror and like what you see. Sure you’ll be a sweaty mess by the end of it but you’ll have accomplished great things by then so wont give a hoot. You’ll be more likely to have a great session and give it your all than you would working out in your lounge gear.
Eat well. Release that inner warrior with some energetic nutritious grub rather than the rubbish carbs/sugar spiked foods leaving you to crash and burn. Look after yourself with an enjoyable but nutritious meal and your body will thank you for it, leaving you feeling focused and strong. My favorite pre-workout meal consists of grilled chicken, avocado, fistful size of rice served with asparagus and mixed peppers sprinkled with feta cheese.
Breath. Relax. Visualise. Go through in your head your workout, how it will feel (in a positive light, even if it will be hard, how you can complete it and not give up) and visualise the feeling of how it feel once you have finished. By doing this, you will feel confident and self assured, enabling you to hit that session with great enthusiasm and feeling fearless.
For me, whilst they say dance like no-one is watching I visualise that I have eyes on me. It makes me work harder and push myself.
Seduce that inner warrior and you will be hitting these workouts like you were born to do it. Be an awesome human being for YOU.