Alright so you and I both know it’s important to exercise regularly (boosts mood, improves sex life, etc.)… you are likely as bombarded with this message every day as I am. That said, I am an absolute believer and more importantly, I have to confess that I’m addicted.
I work out on average 5.5 days a week… some weeks 6 days, some weeks 5 days. While my obsession hasn’t yet propelled me to everyday workouts, I have been known to try to pull off as many doubles (two exercise sessions per day) as I can per week (when work was slower).
On top of all of that, I’m a morning person… that is right, usually really early morning. (Luckily, apparently morning people hold all the “important cards” when it comes to business success). But regardless, I can’t help it.
I love the morning, the quiet, the calm, the coffee, the productivity… I could go on and on, but I’m sure all you night people are just about ready to click away from this blog.
So let’s get back to exercise… even being a morning person, that isn’t to say that I don’t suffer from motivational issues from day to day. You look at any exercise mag cover and you’ll see loads of articles on how to motivate your lazy bones to get moving
The reality is, it is hard.. really really hard. The pillow pulls you down, the warmth of the blankets and the cool air feel soooo good. What is a person to do?
Channel Cher. That’s right… channel Cher.
I read an interview with her years and years ago… so many years that I can’t find it on the web anyway (likely 15-20 years so pre-web.. yikes!). An intrepid interviewer was asking her how she stayed motivated to keep such a rockin body… and she said something to the effect of:
I make a promise that if I start, I can quit after 10 minutes
The genius of it! The point is that any morning I am struggling with it, I get to the place where I channel Cher and promise that I’ll just start my workout and if within 10 minutes, I can’t do it anymore or want to go back to bed, I can. After all these years, I haven’t ever quit after 10 minutes.
And I’ll tell you what… it routinely gets my butt out of bed in between 4 and 5am to get through a workout in time to get to work and bust my hump. You may be reading this asking why I don’t just exercise in the PM. Tried it.. just can’t make it work for me. I’ve come to learn it is because of decision fatigue (fascinating article on this), but by the end of any regular day, I’ve made too many decisions to make the somewhat challenging one of getting my lazy bones through a workout.
So there you have it… all you need is a little Cher and you’ll be rockin your workouts. Seriously, get your Cher on!
Update: check out this article that advises getting in the game and early morning workouts! yeah!!