We've all been there. It's the end of the day, you're tired, and the last thing you want to do is drag yourself to the gym. How are you supposed to get a workout in when all you want to do is Netflix and chill? We've got a tried and tested trick to hack your brain into working out... and it's easier than you think.
Thinking ahead to an hour gym session when you just aren't feeling it can be one of the worst feelings ever, and such a blow to your motivation. However, there's one trick that fit people use to get in their workouts even when they feel like they'd rather sit on the couch and watch reruns of Game of Thrones than get their booties into the gym to pump some iron.
They commit to just ten minutes.
Wait, what? Surely a ten minute workout isn't enough to make any noticeable difference, right? Wrong!
First of all, promising yourself just ten minutes of exercise is better than nothing, and can still offer similar improvements in your health and your mood than doing nothing at all. It is better to work out a little bit than to just write off the day... after all, anyone who has done a ten minute ab workout can attest to the fact that you can still feel the burn in a short period of time!
But the real benefit is in the idea that when you throw on your workout outfit, pack your gym bag, and get exercising for ten minutes, you won't just stop there. Just stepping into the gym is a victory in and of itself. You do a ten minute workout, and you remember how good it feels to work out, you reflect on your fitness goals, and before you know it, you've finished a 45 minute workout and you're feeling on top of the world! The idea is that getting up and getting out there is half the battle. Once you're in the gym and committed to working up a sweat, you're more likely to follow through!
So, next time you'd rather pour yourself a glass of wine and sit out a gym sesh, grab your running shoes again and commit to only ten minutes. You'll be surprised at where ten minutes can take you!
What's your best tried and true fitness hack to making sure you get the most out of your workouts? Let us know in the comments below!