Last Wednesday I talked to my teammates, Brent and Melanie, about how hard it was for me to get myself out of bed and into the gym. (Gym vigilance is a must thanks to my daughter’s divine cake experiments). Brent and Melanie both shared motivating affirmations that get them out the door and on that treadmill. I began wondering how others here in the Indianapolis office motivate themselves to go exercise. I thought, surely I’m not the only one struggling! So I canvassed people at my office, and asked them, “What do you tell yourself to get out of bed or out the door to the gym, even when you don’t want to?” Their answers have been trickling in the last few days, and they range from light to as serious as a heart attack. Here are a few of their responses:
You have to fit into that bridesmaid dress. – Lauren Kinghorn
I don’t have to wanna, I just gotta. – (mine)
You know how good you’re going to feel when you’re done. – Emily Laskowski
Maintain good habits – Mark G. Davis, Jr.
I know I can’t get in the shape I want unless I work at it. – Brett Nagel
You only have to ride that elliptical for ten minutes. Just get yourself to the gym. And ten minutes is more than not doing it at all. – Melanie Herendeen
The hardest part of the workout is getting out of bed. – Joe Bielawski
I exercise to live. – Dan Nierste
I want to be like Dan, but that motivation is quickly replaced with: “It’s time for Starbucks! – Dave Stenger
This is the decision that separates those that make their goal and those that don’t. (That usually gets me moving). – Brent Stenger
You just have to spend a little energy to gain some energy! – Kindlyn Gourley
Here is the great news about these motivators: They work! (Well, maybe not Dave’s). This morning while still in bed, several of their responses scrolled through my brain, and I have to tell you, getting to the gym was, dare I say it? A piece of cake.