When I am working out I often times feel that I’ve come to a point in a certain move or exercise where I’ve met my limit. My mind fills with thoughts like:
- “I can’t move any deeper into this yoga pose.”
- “I can’t hold this plank any longer.”
- “I can’t run any faster.”
- “I can’t do one more repetition.”
- All the “I can’ts” of working out fill my mind.
I always love when I’m in a class and hit that threshold, but the instructor says:
- “Go a little deeper as you breathe out.”
- “Just a few more seconds.”
- “Increase your rate just a little.”
- “You’re almost done, you can make it.”
- Or any number of encouragements to help me push past where I think my limits are.
I don’t always work out in a class or with someone speaking over my shoulder cheering me on and pushing me. In those moments I’m all too likely to give in. Sure, there are times when I really can’t do any more and I’ve completely exhausted myself (so it’s important that I am in tune with my body to avoid injury). But the other times, those times when my mind is telling me I’m done when my body could handle just a bit more, I often struggle with motivation.
So I come to you, my readers, I would love to know what you do to help push past those moments – how do you get yourself to:
- push deeper
- hold longer
- go faster
- do a few more?
I’m sure we all have great advice we can share with each other!