I am being completely honest. It is not always easy for me to get up and work out every single day. Sometimes my body is tired; my mind is tired; I am lazy; I do not want to get up, or I want to do something else.
What I have come to realize is that working out makes me feel so amazing, physically and mentally. That is what I hold onto every single time I think I cannot make it for another workout because I am too exhausted.
I think that is the case for a lot of people. They get it in their heads that they are too tired or too busy and never get around to starting their fitness journey. To me, it is all in your mind, because as soon as I start moving and the endorphins start flowing -- I'm happy and in my fitness element.
But when I go long periods without working out (which happens for me around the holidays when I am visiting family and eating a lot) my mind actually transforms. I become less motivated. My head tells me that I am fine and each day that goes by without a workout seems less and less of a "big deal" to me.
Yes, I assure you, it does happen to me.
Because of this I have re- ally taken control of how I think about working out. I know how amazing I feel after a workout and use that to overpower the not-so-amazing feeling before I actually get up and start moving.
Even though I am a personal trainer, my job requires a lot of computer work and social media outreach. I am in front of the computer three to four hours a day. This sedentary position is really easy for me to stay in and time just flies by.
No excuse not to work out, I tell myself. I have been working on taking this mind-set with me no matter where I am or how I am feeling.
Even though I may not have a full hour to get in a workout, sometimes even 30 minutes is enough for me to feel better and rejuvenated for the day.
I have an effective workout for those of you who do not have time, or claim to not have time, to fit one into your routine:
Start out with a 10-minute warmup on the treadmill or a 10-minute brisk walk outside. Then hold five planks for one minute each to activate and engage the core.
Then the real work begins: 20 weighted squats, 10 burpees and 20 ball crunches five times. I do this workout a lot when I don't have time to make it to the gym, am traveling or just want to do a quick workout in my room.
You can even use the weights for the burpees for an added challenge.
This week take control of all of the excuses and bad thoughts. Make it a point to take 10, 20 or 30 minutes to move your body and get your heart pumping.
As I said, I am not always motivated and it is not always easy to get in a workout, but I have discovered the power of focusing my mind on how amazing it feels to just do it. That mind-set keeps me going and will do the same for you.
Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.