I’ve been a personal trainer for a long time. During my 15 years as a personal trainer, the one piece of common feedback I get from clients is that exercise makes you feel AMAZING!! And sometimes when we don’t want to train, we need to remind ourselves of this. One trick I use with my personal training clients on days such as these is the ’10 minute rule’. It’s a great little trick to keep you motivated to get your workouts in. So let me share the 10 minute rule with you. It’s quite simple really…
On the days you really don’t feel like a workout….you want to watch TV instead of going to a class, you want to snuggle up on the sofa with a glass of wine instead of going to the gym or you’re using any excuse under the sun not to get out for a run or cycle then I encourage you to do the following:
- Get your kit on and do what is on your training schedule for just 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, if you still don’t feel up to it then STOP! Wow, yes I’m giving you the green light to skip a training session! Seriously though, if you’re tired, your brain is so fried that you can’t concentrate on your workout, you just don’t feel great and exercise hasn’t helped with this then stop. Getting an early night, having a coffee with a friend or just chilling out willl probably make you feel better than dragging yourself through a training session for the sake of it. Sometimes we need to recognise that our bodies do need a break and not training is ok.
- BUT……9 times out of 10 you will feel AWESOME for doing the 10 minutes of exercise and those endorphins will be hurtling around your body filling you with little bursts of energy and happiness. You’ll feel so great that it’s highly likely you will continue with the workout and feel triumphant that you did it! Winner!
I’ve tried and tested this method with many of my personal training clients and it works, the secret to the success is that the 10 minute rule identifies whether you genuinely do need to have a rest day or whether you’re just making excuses for not having a workout.
The 10 minute rule can be used in other areas of your life but it’s really great for motivating you to get your workouts in.
So the next time your procrastinating about whether to exercise or not, give the 10 minute rule a try and see how what impact it has.
If you’d like any other advice on exercise and staying motivated to workout then feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help.