Working out is often a mind over matter thing. Sometimes to keep moving, all it takes is a potent phrase. Simply saying "Five more minutes – you can do that!" (which it sounds like many of you do) to yourself can keep your legs moving and your arms pumping. Recently, I asked how you all keep yourself motivated during workouts and there are so many gems.
Here are a few I just had to share:
- From amiemoos comes two:
"Pain is temporary but pride is forever."
"Pain is just weakness leaving the body."
- Punkingirl says this to herself:
"Did you get up this morning just to quit half way through?"
- From Jenniegirl comes three phrases:
"Your body is a temple."
"Your legs are a powerhouse."
"You can do this. Your body can do this."
- My buddy BuzzSugar coaxes herself up hills when running by saying:
"Float! Float! Float!" with every step.
- And just because you are not swimming doesn't mean you cannot channel the lovable fish Dori from Finding Nemo. That's what Running Bunny does. She tells herself:
"Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." It works for running, but I used it in my first open water swim of the season and man it worked liked a charm.
Try any of these the next time your mind is trying to convince you that your body is through.