How to Step Up When You Want to Step Out
There’s always going to be those times when you are working out, whether its cardio or weights, when you can’t help but keep watching the clock. Two minutes seem like a half an hour. You might not have anywhere to go after you’re done at the gym, you just aren’t feeling it that day. As much as I work out and hang out around the gym in my personal and professional life, you can bet I’ve had these feelings too.
So, what do you do? Do you just call it quits for the day? Do you just take off? You can, that’s an option. But, is it the right option? I say, that unless you’ve broken something or have another injury that’s holding you back, the answer should be “No.”
That can be a hard answer, especially if you’ve been seeing great results and just feel like today is an off day. The problem that I see is that it is much easier to break your habit than to create it. You’ve been doing an awesome job sticking to your workout. You’ve been seeing gains, whether it’s weight loss, running farther, or chiseling your abs. So, what does one day hurt? The reason you are doing so well is because of the time and effort you put in. You didn’t start this journey of yours to get to the point of seeing results and then backing away. And yes, for many people, unnecessarily skipping even one workout can give permission to skip another and another, until that habit you worked so hard to create becomes a snowball running downhill. Leaving early one day may not seem like it, but that shortened or skipped workout can have consequences.
So, what happened when you start feeling like your done for the day, before your day started? How do you get re-motivated to hit the gym hard? Here are three ideas to get you re-motivated:

  1. Find a new piece of equipment. I know you’ve seen that rowing machine hiding out among the other cardio equipment. It’s often unused, and patiently waiting to become part of your routine—and it will give you one heck of a workout. When you lack motivation, sometimes trying out a new machine or workout that forces you to go back to some basics is the lift you will need to make it through the rest of your day. 
  2. Switch up the tunes. A lot of people workout to music. Research has proven that music actually improves your performance. I had a friend who once told me that he had a special mix that he would only use when his mind was trying to convince his body that it was time to go home. It was loud, it had beats, and it made his body want to move. Whether it’s changing up your Pandora or digging into that special mix, improving your motivation can be as easy as switching up the tunes.
  3. Try to break a record: We all keep a personal record of our bests, and few things can pump us up more than breaking a personal best. I know for me, that use to drive my adrenaline through the roof. Whether you are a body builder or a runner, I’m sure you have a record bench press or mile you’d like to break. Well, this is the time to do it. Even if you don’t break the record, just trying is often enough motivation to get you through a tough workout.