And now? You have that song stuck in your head.
If you exercise on a regular basis, there will come a time when, minutes into your workout, you will think: "I don't want to do this." It often happens for no particular reason. You slept okay and you feel pretty good. You have your workout planned and everything seems to be going smoothly - You're hydrated, no aches and pains, a decent playlist on the iPod, your favorite machine or activity at hand. Yet, for some reason, time slows to a crawl. You may try a few things - Speed up, slow down, change your playlist. Maybe you try a different machine or activity. But, no matter what you try, the thought is still there: "I don't want to do this."
The responsible you speaks up, trying to convince you to keep going. Look at all the work that already went into this workout - Getting up, changing clothes, driving to the gym or heading down to your home gym. You're already sweating...why stop now?
However, that part of you that just doesn't want to be there won't go away. Sometimes, it's a good idea to simply stop. There's no point in being miserable and, if you're responsible about your workouts 99% of the time, walking away this one time isn't going to change that.
Other times, it may pay off to keep going. It's often those tough-to-finish workouts that give us the most confidence, the most satisfaction and the most strength. If you want to keep going, you may need a few mental tricks to silence that part of you that just wants to give up. I offer a few ideas for how to do that in, Getting Through a Tough Workout and, of course, I want to hear from you. What do you do when you hit the wall during your workout? Do you tough it out or come back another day? Leave a comment and tell us about your experiences.