So you’ve made a decision, a decision to make a change. Whether the decision is to get fit, get stronger, build some muscle, lose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle: you’ve already taken the first step which is to know what you want. Now step #2 comes along. How are you gonna achieve that? Maybe you’ve found a workout guide online or got some advice from a friend or Personal Trainer. It’s now time for the hard part: getting started. That’s really the hardest of them all, cuz once you’ve started, once the ball is rolling, keeping it going is easy.
So let’s say you’re goal is to get fit, you made the decision, found the workout plan you’re gonna follow, all that’s left is the execution. You go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early to do your first workout before work. Your alarm rings at 6am and there it is; that decisive moment. To snooze or not to snooze? That is the question. We’ve all been there. Even though I’ve gotten myself into such a routine I hardly even question my morning workouts anymore, there are always days where I tell myself “hmmm maybe I could snooze it just this once?” But when those thoughts come creeping in, I do certain things which give me the motivation to get the F up. Here are my top tips on how to get your ass out of bed when you just freakin don’t want to.
“The less you feel like it, the more you need it”
This is advice my mum used to tell me when I was maybe 15 and would whine and say “whaaahhh I don’t wanna go to the gym”. Whenever I feel like that now I hear her voice giving me that exact advice, and it’s so damn true. The more sluggish, tired, lazy you feel, the more you just need to push yourself and go for it anyways. It’s the only way to get yourself out of that state. It may seem counterintuitive but a lot of the time when you’re tired, it’s not an extra 30 minutes of sleep that’s gonna help. It’s the fresh air, the blood rushing through your veins, the heart-pumping morning workout that’ll give you the energy you need.
Find your motivator
Alright, I’ll be honest and say the first thing I do when I wake up is roll to the side and check my phone. It’s probably not the best but I honestly think that if it helps me wake up and get up for an early workout, then so be it. Most of the time first thing I check is the Kardashian’s snapchats, but mornings where I really don’t have the motivation to workout, I’ll watch motivating videos on Instagram. Kayla‘s circuit videos or Bags and Bunnies‘ HIIT training vids are pretty dope, paired with booming music, it gets me keen AF to get up and kill it.
Take it one step at a time
I sometimes like to play little mind-games on myself. I dunno if anyone else is as stupid as me to actually fall for their own mind games, but basically this is the little internal conversation I have with myself:
“All you gotta do is show up. Get into leggings, have a glass of water, throw those Nike’s on and get to the gym. If once you’re there you just wanna lie on the mat and do nothing that’s fine, that’s totally cool, no biggie. Aaaall you gotta do is show up, and that’s it. The rest doesn’t matter.”
The tough part is usually just getting up and ready. Once you’re up and you’ve made it to the gym, or gotten to the track or just out of the house to start a run, the rest isn’t so bad. Ease the pressure off yourself and take it one step at a time.
Think of your future self
I feel like the whole “do something your future self will thank you for” quote has been thrown around so much that it hardly really has much meaning anymore, but it’s such a good one to remember. Imagine yourself 1 hour from that “to snooze or not to snooze” moment. In an hour you could be in the exact same place, lying in bed wanting to snooze for the 36th time, or you could be feeling alive, energized and accomplished with a workout under your belt. Which one will you be?
What would Beyonce do?
Yup that’s it. Just think about that. Okay doesn’t necessarily have to be Beyonce, but think of any bad-ass successful idol you look up to.
In this moment right here, in this decisive, fork-in-the-road moment, what would they do?
They’d probably muster that last little 2 cents of energy they got to drag themselves out of bed. Cuz that’s what champions do. Go be a champ. You got it in you I promise.