I'm no stranger to sweat therapy: I hit the gym on the regular. My running shoes are practically a second set of feet. I've never been one to turn down a chance to get down (dog) — heck, I even teach fitness for a living!
I'm well aware of both the physical and mental benefits of getting my heart rate up regularly and consider fitness more of a lifestyle habit than a to-do.
Why, then, do I wake up some mornings feeling like the last thing I want to do is get moving?
According to catchy headlines and fly-by-night trends, we're supposed to sweat it out the same way no matter the season: with intensity, with drive, and with an all-or-nothing mentality that promises slimmer thighs, better sex, and brighter moods. Yep, we're supposed to do this 365 days per year.
We force ourselves into routines for the sake of routines, not taking into account that we are living, breathing, changing beings who experience enough physical, emotional, and spiritual shifts in a mere day to fill up a week's worth of SoulCycle classes by 12:01 p.m. on a Monday afternoon.
Study after study shows that exercise can boost our mood, help our bodies clear out toxins, and make even the most everyday of activities seem a whole lot easier (hello, five-story walk-up apartment).
But when you're feeling fatigued, uninspired, or just plain down in the dumps, scientific facts don't help all that much. And the "accountability" factor of having a class to make or a trainer to see isn't always a surefire recipe to get amped up.
The solution? You've got to make your workout work for you.
Feeling blah? I feel you — and there's no need to let negative self-talk stand in your way.