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8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming an Endorphine Junkie

May 20, 2015

8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming an Endorphin Junkie

Have you ever spent some time perusing the latest Men’s or Women’s Health Magazine searching for a way not to dread working out? Do you look at those people who work 12 hours a day, have a family and still find the time before or after work to work out and feel a tidal wave of disdain? If you’re not a fitness fiend, I have bad news for you — there’s no shortcut to becoming an endorphin junkie. But fear not, where there’s a will there’s a way so grab a pen and paper because here are 8 ways to trick yourself into becoming an endorphin junkie:

1. Do Something That Interests You…
Do you hate running on a treadmill? Don’t run on a treadmill! Take the time to find something that excites and interests you. If you’re a number’s person, try a high tech spinning class that quantitatively measures your effort and exertion levels. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to feel like they’re working out, go for a dance class or an upbeat environment. If you love watching TV, join a gym with wifi access and bring an ipad to binge watch your favorite show while you work out. If you like working out outside, join a running or cycling club! The variety of fitness classes offered today are infinite and there literally are no excuses not to find one you actually kind of sort of like.

2. Make It A Group Thing…
There’s strength in numbers so why should you work out alone? From your significant other, co-workers to friends, make a standing weekly date to meet up and go to a class together. It doesn’t matter if its cross fit, spinning, running, dancing, or a conditioning class — make a plan, commit and do it together. You’ll not only have fun but you’ll have people to hold you accountable. Everyone wins!

3. Try Something New At Least 10 Times…
Between not knowing what you’re doing and feeling like a total failure, it’s easy to want to quit after the first few classes. Remember that you have to start somewhere and everyone’s been in your shoes (some people just hide it better). The longer you stick with it, the easier it gets. Give yourself time to build strength and learn proper form. Patience is key, you won’t regret it!

4. Make Your Goal Bigger Than Weight Loss…
Don’t be a slave to the scale! Sure setting a weight loss goal can be incredibly motivating but think bigger- sign up to run a 10K or Half Marathon, decide to try for 50 pushups by a certain date, set a goal to be able to hold a plank for 2-3 minutes in 2 weeks. Whatever you are doing, make both short term and long term goals to keep you motivated.

5. Bet On It…
Now take those goals and put your money where your mouth is! Join a program like Pact or Dietbet or bet a family member, friend, or significant other a significant amount of money that you will reach a certain goal by a certain date. Whatever you are doing, bet on it. Raise the stakes and make it a game.

6. Plan It Out…
Sit down every Sunday with your weekly calendar and pencil in which days you are going to work out and when. Speed bumps are inevitable but if you plan ahead you’ll be able to navigate those speed bumps without derailing your fitness plans.

7. Make It A Routine…
Make working out a part of your weekly routine. Maybe Tuesdays you take your lunch hour to go across the street to take a spin class. Or every Monday and Wednesday morning you wake up early to go to yoga at 6:30am. Find a way to make working out as seamless as possible so you don’t have to think about it.

8. Suck It Up And Do It Already…
Becoming an endurance junkie isn’t always fun but it’s in the discomfort that change lives. Time isn’t going to wait for you to find the motivation to go get active. It takes time to start to crave getting sweaty but once you can make it past those first few weeks, you’re golden. You’re in the driver’s seat of your life and you’re the only thing standing in your way. Don’t strive to be skinny but strong. Always remember that working out is so much more than just feeling confident in the way you look. You’ll have more energy, feel better about yourself, and it will have a positive effect on your mood. So make a lofty goal and start fighting for it. Don’t let time pass you by, if you can learn to fight through the pain and discomfort, you’ll be an unstoppable endorphin junkie.

Words from Kelly at Run, Selfie, Repeat- http://www.runselfierepeat.com/

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