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Paige Waehner

Vote: What got you out of bed for your workout this morning?

By January 28, 2013

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The other day, a client asked me about my workouts - not out of actual interest, but because she was tired of me asking about her workouts all the time. As she said, "Let's talk about you today, shall we? Because, frankly, I'm sick of me right now."

Yes, we're all a little on edge as we hit the end of January and realize that the most depressing month of the year is almost here.

That would be February.

When I told her I'd gotten up that morning to workout at the gym, she stared at me for a moment and then said, "You know, I just don't get you people. What possible reason would get you to get up out of your warm bed and go out into 8-degree weather to exercise at the gym? Was there cake there? Was Hugh Jackman there? Were they handing out free money? I mean...really?"

Her question made me wonder: Why did I get up and workout this morning? I could've taken a rest day. I could've stayed home and done a workout in my basement. I could've made a different choice, but I didn't and I realized that what motivates me to get up and workout, even when it's cold and miserable, changes from day to day.

On that particular day, I needed my workout because I was tired and cranky. I had a lot to do and I knew that doing a workout would not only perk me up, it would give me an extra boost of self-confidence. I needed that boost, that success to bolster my belief that I could do all the other things on my to do list that day.

My motivation on another day might be completely different, which leads to my question this week. If you worked out this morning, think about why you did it. Did you have to go through a list of things before you found something that worked? Did you rely on habit and discipline? Vote in this week's poll and tell us: What got you out of bed for your workout this morning?

January 28, 2013 at 9:29 am
(1) charity says:

I have a friend in another state that we agreed to text each other at 6 am as an incentive to get up and not hit the snooze button. Knowing she’s waiting for my text makes me really think hard about how lame my excuse is to sleep in.

January 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(2) MeMyself&I says:

I decided to try to get up early hit the gym early before work today, just to see if I could actually do it… Now that I have been properly diagnosed with a sleep disorder & received an effective prescription less than a month ago, I have a lot more control over when I’m asleep or awake, but I wasn’t sure how much. Well, today I did it! Yay!

January 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm
(3) Loring says:

My dogs are often the ONLY reason I get out and exercise. They are young Golden Retrievers, and if they don’t get out they are crazy in the evening. Almost didn’t go (it’s coooold….my bed’s waaaaarm…I can always do it laaaater), but when those 8 paws start dancing around in anticipation I can’t very well say no! It’s good for all 3 of us, and I absolutely love to watch them wrestle & play, so that’s good incentive too!

February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(4) kdunc11 says:

Today, my reason is similar to yours. It is one of my busiest days of the month at work, and it always goes better if I have worked out in the morning. I am sharper, happier and less stressed throughout the whole day when I work out first thing…

March 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm
(5) Anna says:

What got me out of bed to do … whatever … was the fact that I woke up. I usually find it difficult to get out of bed without waking up.

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