Pushing Through The Blahs

Most days a workout is not only part of my daily routine, but something I look forward to. However, there are days when I just don’t feel like pushing myself through it. Those are usually days when I’m not heading to a class, when an instructor will be providing the motivation for me, but when I’m doing something on my own. Classes are a great motivator, because:

  • It’s set in your schedule.
  • There’s a time you have to be there.
  • The instructor will be cheering you on.

You will push yourself to keep up because there are other people around you. I’ve heard other people say that they never push themselves as hard as they do when they’re in a class. So what do you do when you need a push through the motivation blahs?

For me, it’s all about the music. Whether I’m propelling myself through a run or spinning on my second-hand bike, I need good music pumping me up. Some days I need Lady Gaga and Pink (my “Pink Ladies” playlist) to get me going. Others it’s my “King and Queen of Pop” list filled with Michael Jackson and Madonna songs. Some days I need cheery 80’s music, or the Boy Bands and Divas of the 90’s. One day when I was in a crummy mood and it was especially difficult to get my butt in gear, I put on my “Mosh Pit” playlist, and relied on the angry, loud sounds of Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. All the playlists I create are about an hour long, and once I have the music in my ears, I stop thinking about the workout. The little voice in my head that says “I don’t wanna” gets drowned out, lost behind the rhythm and beat. An hour can go by surprisingly quickly when you’re actually enjoying yourself, and then poof, you’ve gotten through a workout you didn’t want to do. So what pushes you through the workout blahs? Is it music, or something else?

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