Sometimes even a 30-minute workout doesn’t seem possible—not because you’re injured but because you just don’t feel up to it.
“Wow, I have to push and pull for 30 minutes and work up a sweat? I’d rather watch ‘Mike and Molly.’”
The two overweight characters on that show might make you feel better about yourself—but by skipping your workout, you’ve taken one step toward renewing your Chub Club membership. Yikes. A little guilt creeps in during every commercial….
But guilt is not the secret to consistent workouts (although it can help). There’s a mind trick that helps Becky and I override under-motivation….
Here’s the secret: When you don’t feel like doing your workout, take the pressure off—tell yourself that you only have to do ONE simple exercise with the F4X method—five minutes, that’s it!
Make that exercise the one that works the largest muscles in your body, your legs and glutes (butt). That would be squats.
One exercise—simple; five minutes and you’re done.
I can almost guarantee that once you finish an invigorating F4X sequence of squats, you’ll feel so good that you’ll want to do the rest of your workout—or at least most of it.
If not, no big deal. You got some good muscular work, a metabolic-momentum kick and a mood boost from your quick five-minute squat session.
According to John Baley, M.D., of the Harvard Medical School, just two minutes of exercise is enough to change your mood, as long as you raise your heart rate—and squats with short rests between sets will definitely do that.
So when you’re not “into” hitting the gym, make the one-exercise compromise—and you’ll be surprised. You’ll get a mood lift and metabolic shift to keep your lean machine revved.
—Steve Holman, Iron Man Magazine Editor in Chief and Co-creator of Old School, New Body
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