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5 Ways to Deal with Hitting a Wall?

Do you ever hit an exercise wall? An exercise wall is the point when you think that you cannot go on anymore. I know this happens to me often in the first 20 minutes of exercising. The great folks over at SparkPeople are no strangers to hitting walls, so they have come up with a few ways to get you over that wall and reach your goal. Here are highlights:

  1. Keep going regardless: Promise yourself that, no matter what, you will press on, even if you are walking, crawling, or puttering. Stay on your feet. Eyes straight ahead. Move.
  2. Don't think: Just go. Do not dwell on how overwhelmingly awful you feel. Focus on the cheering crowds, your friends and family waiting at the finish, the cool water, the trees... anything.
  3. Try bribery: Tell yourself, "Self, when I get done with this, I'm going to buy you a new car, a new house, whatever you want."
  4. Word-watch: Watch the negative words and thoughts. Think instead about all the successes you have had. How about all those hills you conquered? All those long workouts you endured? You are a great person. Relish those thoughts.
  5. Negotiate with yourself: Give yourself permission to simply go to the next water stop, or to the next milestone, or even just the end of the day. Keep repeating that strategy until you see the finish line. Just one more mile before you say one more mile!


aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great advice! It can definitely be discouraging when this happens.
catander catander 9 years
I need this when I'm having a hard time running. I hit a wall pretty much immediately, hehe.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I'm all over the milestones thing. "To the next corner" ect. However next time I'm going to try ms066bk's idea! ♥ it!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I run for 30 minutes a couple times a week and find myself wanting to *die* (heh) after 15 minutes. So I just tell myself, "Come on! I've had much harder half hours in my life!" or "This is the easiest 30 minutes I've had all week!"
lizkiernan lizkiernan 9 years
I love telling myself what kind of goals I've already achieved, either during that workout or from a previous one. Telling myself 'I can do it' doesn't work for me. Ever.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I just tell myself 45 minutes into my run: its only 15 more minutes...come on, you can do it. Sitting on the couch for 15 minutes goes by so fast, so this should be a piece of cake as well! It also works on those days when I hit the wall after 30 minutes of running.
aSLAMMINhottie aSLAMMINhottie 9 years
I'm ALL about negotiating with myself! "Just to the next big tree" or "Finish this portion and you get to lay down (and do some crunches)!" And I'm right there with you, PopTart! I think about wanting to get Carmen Electra's butt or my hott cocktail dress that I haven't worn lately because my arms aren't looking so great and it helps me push through the pain :-)
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
ms660bk...Fabulous dahling!! When I smack into my wall full force, funny as it sounds, I say "Look at Madonna!! Look at Madonna! How she works out and she's so much older!!" LOL.
emilie11 emilie11 9 years
Good tips. I'm trying to get into running and could definitely use this advice when I'm ready to get off the treadmill about 10 minutes in! =)
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
i always hit a wall about six blocks before getting home, maybe even before that, and a always say, "i'm almost home... i'm almost home," throughout the whole thing.
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
So... this is a bit superficial, but I tell myself that I'm in an imaginary race with someone else, and we're racing towards a pile of free Louboutins. Yea, I know, it's absolutely ridiculous.
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