Learning to enjoy exercise is a never ending emotional rollercoaster. But it’s not something that takes years to master. It takes seconds.
Sitting comfortably in the café prior to a training session that I just know is going to be a struggle, I start thinking of all the things I’d rather be doing. My old friend procrastination rears his ugly head and suddenly, I feel the urge to “think”…
It takes me back to my school days where I would always just do “one-more-thing”. I’ll just call my friend before I really get into my study books.”, “I’ll just have one more cup of tea before I start!”
But why is it that sometimes you feel like giving it your all in the gym and others, not even showing up?
For years I have been into fitness. The feeling of accomplishment is something that you never quite get anywhere else. I have managed to force myself time and again to do things I’d rather not be doing. But during that time I have also become quite efficient at convincing myself to do other things.
Sure I love the feeling you get once you finish . That feeling you’ve done something rewarding. That you’ve made an effort and achieved something or that you’ve pushed yourself a little harder.
Surely after all this time, I should be able to “Just Do It!”
But alas, another day is going by and you have yet to step foot into the gym.
In this TEDx Talk Mel Robbins suggests to break the cycle of procrastination, never press the snooze button.
Instead, stand up to the first buzz make yourself experience the physical discomfort of doing something that everything in you tells you not to. This is how you make change. By pushing past your comfort zone.
She quotes, “to make change is simple (but not easy)”
Force yourself out of your head: past your feelings and outside your comfort zone
This stands not only for those moments you are waking, but for your daily lives as well. Robbins suggests that it is merely the first few seconds that are uncomfortable. Your body then begins to adapt. Then you are in it. From here it is much easier to keep going.
In a study by Hansen et al (2001) it was concluded that
This is nothing in the grand scheme of things.
To think of the downside from not having that workout; poor mood state, a feeling of non-accomplishment (personal failure) among others. How is the rest of your day going to pan out? How does it make you feel to know that you have not been able to do what you set out to do? Learning to not question the action, but rather allowing yourself to bypass those first 10 minutes will allow you to progress.
Think of it another way:
1: In 10 minutes’ time, you could be slightly uncomfortable yet feeling extremely positive about yourself for starting something that is extremely beneficial for you; or,
2: In 10 minutes’ time, you could be feeling sorry for yourself that you didn’t just stand up and walk out the door for that run. You could have been well into doing it by now!
What are you putting off? How are you going to get yourself to begin the process of completing it?