When the workout is tough, you can be tougher

The idea is that working out is supposed to make you feel great. But there are just some days when even a simple workout seems too tough to handle. This happens to almost everyone at some point, no matter what state of fitness they are in. So what should you do?

Whatever you do, don’t quit. Instead, have a plan that will help get you through those rough patches. It’s easier than you might think. Just make a list to remind yourself of everything that motivates you to be healthy and stay fit. But be sure to write it down, either on paper or stored on your phone or tablet, because it’s guaranteed that you will forget each and every one of these motivators when you are having a bad day.

Where should you start?
The best way to come up with your list is to jot down all the positive psychological and physical and attributes of working out. These are things that probably already go through your head when you are having a good day.

Have you ever been out for a run when the weather is perfect, the wind seems to stay at your back no matter which way you turn and every muscle in your body seems to be working together like a fine-tuned machine? Yes! That’s the day to make your list, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Psychological benefits of working out
It’s not always easy to make the time to exercise, so remind yourself to make the most of your workout so you feel good about using your time wisely. Also, it never feels good to be a quitter. When it comes to other areas of your life, such as your job or your family, you always find a way to get through the tough times. So, when it comes to a tough workout, just remind yourself you have done it before so you can do it again.

Physical benefits of working out
There is no denying how awesome you feel after a great workout, but for those days when the after part can’t come soon enough, just focus on how much energy you will have to get through the rest of your day’s to-do list. Lastly, while exercise is important for you overall health, the way it makes your clothes fit can boost your confidence like nothing else. So remind yourself that you probably didn’t have a small salad for lunch today, and you will tackle that workout with ease.

Reward yourself for your success
Using these, or your own, reminders will help you get through those really tough workouts or even those not so tough workouts that just seem harder because you are having an off day. If you are having an exceptionally bad day, try breaking your workout into segments and using your list of reminders to get through each segment. Instead of lamenting how much you have left to go, congratulate yourself for each segment you finish.

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