Have you ever been to the gym and just didn’t feel like working out?
I’ve been feeling like that all month. I don’t know what it is, I get to the gym and have half a mind to just go back home and do nothing. The worst days are when my alarm goes off in the morning and my mind says “Go back to sleep you can work out tomorrow.” It’s hard to argue with anyone telling you to go back to sleep.
The problem is not so much that I don’t want to work out anymore, but rather the lack of some effective motivation. My motivation used to be when my mind said “Think of the size of your thighs!” but now I’ve reached a point where I have a pretty healthy body image and I love my thighs, so that doesn’t really work anymore.
I think that some of these might just motivate me enough to work out again.
1. Life-threatening Obstacles
There’s nothing like life-threatening obstacles to motivate a good workout. Think about it, people do all sorts of super-human things when they know their lives are in danger. I guess gym equipment does look sort of threatening, but I’m talking about a real Indiana Jones-like obstacle course with spikes, boulders, and blades flying around the room. Now that sounds like a good way to get your adrenalin pumping.
I know what you’re thinking, “But isn’t that counterproductive?” No, it isn’t. It’s twice as productive because (1) you’re working out and being very healthy, and (2) food is not only good for you but also the best way to motivate anyone to do anything. Especially when cake is involved. A bite of cake would make every painful rep worth it. 300 sit-ups? You got it!
Cake-ups: Like sit-ups, but better.
3. Zombie Apocalypse
You ever think that if the zombie apocalypse hit, we’d actually become super-fit just from running around trying to get to higher ground? These are the things I think about. I may even get washboard abs if that happened. Imagine the things we would do to keep our brains from being eaten by undead beings. No more “It’s Sunday, let me just sleep in.” You have to get up and save your life!
The only way MFE will be able to do a chin up.
My neighbor, Mr. K, he’s the best running buddy. We don’t actually run together, but the man sure knows how to get people going. Every morning just when I feel like my legs would explode if I ran anymore, he comes along and lets one rip right beside me. The man’s fart radius is unbelievable. You have to run at least half a mile away to get out of the contaminated zone. You think your dog’s gas is lethal? Wait till to get a whiff of this. You’ll want to run away as fast as you can, and you won’t even care if your legs happen to explode along the way.