Can I get a bit vulgar for a moment? Here, I’m calling ‘ear muffs’ on this one as a means of letting you know ahead of time that I’m going to say something which requires a bit of ‘Parental Discretion’, so get ready…here it goes: I’m a natural tease.
There, I said it. Take the ‘ear muffs’ off now and continue reading…
I like to make my Monday workouts a touch less intense than the rest of the week, and I do so as a means of staying hungry for the next one. My reason is simple: I want a workout that taxes me, but no so much that it brings me to my knees, so that I can’t wait until the next one!
At about the point that my endorphins start raging—and I begin to feel like superwoman—and knowing full well I’m capable of going 30-45 minutes longer—I stop my workout completely. I turn off the music, take off the weight gloves, put away the plyo box, take off the heart rate monitor, and close the door to my home gym; I walk away from my routine and continue on with the rest of my day, doing nothing which even remotely resembles a workout, of any kind.
It’s a hard thing for me to do, too, because after taking a rest day on Sunday, my body is already primed and ready for a good, long, workout, but I deny it the pleasure of one—no apologies, no explanations—just leave it completely unsatisfied and wanting more.
Now, if you can clear the semi-dirty thoughts the tone of that last paragraph brings to mind, and focus on what I’m saying, we can continue *wink, wink* (see what I did there? told you…tease).
For me this is something that works wonders for my motivation the rest of the week because by the time I hit my Tuesday session, I’m ready to get spent. I mean, I am so keyed up and ready for some high-intensity satisfaction that I can hardly contain myself.
The calories I’m able to expend, the overall effort I’m able to devote to each rep, set, and Tabata-style workout is something that’s hard to describe…but it’s certainly a rush!
My aim here is to say that you have to continue to find ways to stay excited about getting/staying fit.
If you’re a fitness fanatic—and you work out six days a week—you have to get creative sometimes if you hope to avoid getting burned out, and it’s little tricks like this that have helped me to curve the random urges to forgo a day altogether because I’m over it all by Thursday.
It’s something that works for me, but you have to find something that works for you.
That said, it’s Tuesday and I’m ready to get busy, *wink, wink*.