You already know that working out is good for you, but that doesn't mean you don't get discouraged once in a while. It happens to the best of us, even world-famous fitness experts like P90X creator Tony Horton.
But, unlike some people, he doesn't let it get him down. Instead, he uses those feelings to push himself even further. Follow these tips on the worst of your workout days, and you'll be heading to the gym, stat!
1. Check yourself. When it comes to losing weight or exercising, it's important to check in with yourself and evaluate your goals. "It's all about purpose, purpose, purpose," Horton says. "If your goals are focused on how you look and how other people perceive you, chances are you're going to fail. It might work temporarily, but then you'll go back to where you were, and you'll need a new purpose."
Be honest with yourself: Are you trying to lose weight for a family wedding coming up in two weeks? You may be able to lose five pounds fast, but you might not be able to keep it off permanently. On the other hand, if you're trying to get fit for the long haul, it'll be much easier to make gradual lifestyle changes that will allow you to realize your goals—for good.
2. Focus on the benefits. "I don't work out to look good," Horton says. "OK, maybe I do a little, but by exercising, I also slow down the aging process, improve my immune system, and become less prone to illness and injury. And I realize that even on days when I don't want to exercise. I do it because I like feeling good, I like looking good, and I like keeping my mind alert and sharp."
3. Get enough sleep. When all is said and done, try to give yourself a break and let your body recoop. "Sleeping is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and all you have to do is lie down," Horton says. "It helps your body heal. If we called sleep healing, we'd probably get more of it!"