Why You Should Never Judge a Workout Based on the First 10 Minutes…
Believe it or not, I have my fair share of days where I do not feel like working out. Honestly, it happens more often than I would like to admit. Usually once I start working out, this feeling goes away. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t right away and I am eight minutes into my workout still feeling like I would rather just call it and make black bean sweet potato chocolate fudge bars. These are the days that I push through and remind myself never to judge the workout based on these first few minutes.
Don’t Let It Dictate the Rest of Your Workout
For the sake of keeping this simple and relatable, I will use running as my prime example. Mostly, because for me, this is where this idea is most relevant. Before starting at least half of my runs, I find myself needing to muster up the motivation to actually get out the door.
Typically, once I start, I feel better and am get into a better mood about the run. But sometimes, I will admit I get three minutes in and am sore, tired, or just not feelin it. These are the days I have to convince myself not to turn around and go home early. And honestly, a lot of the time, these are some of my best runs.
My [hypothesized] logic on why
For me, I think there are two main reasons these runs turn out so (relatively) amazing. First, I have taken the pressure off of myself. If I start off weaker or slower, I acknowledge and accept that this may not be my fastest or longest run. The simple act of letting go of that internal pressure to run faster or farther is enough to put me in a better headspace. Maybe the run wasn’t fast or far. Or maybe, like the case last week, I run farther than I intended. Either way, I have more enjoyment because I am not expecting anything specific.
The second reason is because by sticking with it, I am proving to myself my determination to move my body. Again, no matter how fast I was or how many times I walked, at least I did it. I ignored the instant gratification voices in my head and showed them that I prioritize my physical health.
That being said…
This can apply to other types of exercise as well. Strength training, leg day, etc… I use the example of running because it is relatable and simple to explain.
I do want to point out, that sometimes our bodies do need a break. If you stick through those first 10-15 minutes and your body is genuinely in pain or just not having it, by all means stop. At least you gave it an honest effort though. Rather than throwing in the (sweat) towel before you even use it.
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