Override the Urge to Quit (9 Ways)

We are now 4 weeks into 2015, the time when most people have already bailed on their resolutions. Today I’m here to encourage you to override that urge to quit with these nine ways.  First and foremost comes:

Number Zero. Awake the Warrior Within

This is like the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics (there actually is such a thing, the other laws are based on it).  Do this and all else follows.  Evoke that Warrior!  Besides, we need to call this the “Zeroth” law so that the email subject could read “9 Ways” which somehow sounded more elegant.  Parsimony, folks.  Parsimony!

1. Remember Why You Started
In the middle of a workout, it can be hard to push through another set of lunges, squats, or deadlifts. Don’t let the difficulty stop you. Remember why you’re there in the first place—the resolution you made at the beginning of the year, the desire to be healthier than you’ve ever been, the plan to trim extra pounds off your frame. Whatever the reason, keep this front and center to stay the course.

2. Speak Positive Truths
A few weeks before you felt like giving up, you could take on the world. In that mindset, you were continuously telling yourself that you could tackle whatever monsters showed up at the gym. What’s different now? Remind yourself over and over that you can do it! Then take your words to heart and get back to your workout.

3. It’s Just a Valley
Like all of life, the desire to work out comes in waves. Yesterday, there was nothing you’d rather do. Today, working out is the last thing you would do if given a choice. So don’t give yourself a choice. Because as difficult as it may be today, once you knock out this routine, tomorrow may be the day you fall in love with exercise all over again.

4. Play It Loud
Having problems staying focused in the gym? Get back on track by listening to Bach or Mozart. If possible, by making it loud enough to drown out the distracting noises all around you, you may find that you become more engaged in your routine and have greater endurance during each day’s workout. Should you find both of these because of your music, don’t be surprised. Researchers have found the exact same benefits.   Don’t do this with rock music, though, the words alone are counter-productive, let alone the harsh music.  Your body works best in harmony, not discord.  Switch to Bach.

5. They Expect You to Quit
Over the years, you may have made big plans. Whether to travel the world, change the world, drop a bad habit, or pick up a good one, your friends have seen you fail at more than one attempt. Or maybe they’ve failed at their own attempts. Whatever the cause, they doubt you’ll succeed. Walking away from one workout may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to a lifetime of walking away, ultimately proving the naysayers right.  Prove them wrong this time!

6. Look at Those Who Depend on You
Or someone important to you. Whoever gives you motivation to look and feel better, keep them in mind when you feel like giving up. Married with kids? Keep your them in mind. Do another set for your kids.  Or, just because you may have already landed the best-looking guy or gal around, nothing says, “I love you” like continued dedication to look your best for your sweet thing.  Think of it as a pre-Valentine’s thing, yeah?  Feel the love, but do the extra set.

7. Eat Well
Getting fit and losing weight often go hand in hand. However, if you think you can increase your fitness while also cutting the calories you’re consuming, you may be mistaken. If your body doesn’t get enough good fuel, you’re not going to feel like doing much of anything—especially rigorous exercise. So be sure to fuel up properly before and after your workout to keep your body working on all cylinders.

8. Get to Bed
No matter what time of day you work out, you’re going to fall flat if you don’t get the shuteye you need. Not only does sleep give you energy to get through the day, but it also helps keep your body in rhythm so it reacts properly when pushed. Hit the hay at a decent hour each night and watch your urge to quit go away like a bad dream.  Think of this as one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

9. Picture the New You
I know you can see it. You, at your goal weight, tight, trim and looking like a million bucks. Don’t lose sight of this picture, until it becomes the reality that you see in the mirror every day. You have what it takes to become your best self – I know this because I’ve seen my clients before you achieve greatness. Don’t lose sight of your potential – I know I won’t. I know that you are already a Warrior, I’ll help you wake that critter up!

If you aren’t yet one of my clients, then take this opportunity to do something wonderful for yourself. Call or email today to get started on the most effective fitness program that you’ll ever find.

Remember – Victory is reserved for those who pay its price!

And The Best Exercise Is…

Guess what? There really is no ‘best exercise.’ Fad exercises will always come and go, but the best thing for your body is that you are consistently active. Workout regularly and remember that your body needs to be challenged in order to reach your desired goals.

Don’t get hung up on fad exercises—be a stickler for consistency instead!

About Tom Schweickert

Tom Schweickert, EA, CPC, CPT brings a unique combination as a Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Money Coach to help folks negotiate these interesting times.
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