One of my favorite childhood memories is recess time in elementary school.
Do you remember? Those precious 20 minute breaks that you got to go outside and run around and blow off some steam? If you were anything like me, it was the best part of your day! Being excused from class to go outside and PLAY and take a break from the classroom was always something that I looked forward to!
Somewhere in this "adult" life there seems to be a lack of excitement to get out there and move our bodies and enjoy our "recess". It is sad to see how many people genuinely dread going to workout and force themselves in to the gym. What happened to that giddish childhood excitement about moving?
Sure, we all have days where we are feeling more motivated than others, and that is completely natural. However, if you are in a consistent rut where you are constantly having to convince yourself to workout, you might try reminding yourself that at one point in your adolescence, recess, was your favorite time of the day!
The next time you happen to be at the beach or near a public park take a look around at the children who are running. jumping, and skipping with so much excitement that they can hardly contain themselves. Apply their energy and joy about getting to have some fresh air to your own thought process about "working out".
Your recess, or workout time, should not be something that you resent. Pick an activity that you look forward to doing whether its before work, on your lunch break, or after work. It can be something as simple as going for a twenty minute walk or attending a Pilates class.
Try and motivate your friends to join for your walk or class. Research shows that we are more likely to commit to ourselves when someone else is holding you accountable as well.
At the end of the day, remember that you are worth it. Your body deserves to be stretched, strengthened, and conditioned like a fine tuned machine. Taking care of your body in a physical sense is just as important as how you feed your body and pamper your body.
It's all about the balance :)