Motivation 101 Intor Do you sometimes catch yourself sitting really comfortably in the couch, thinking: "What if I would skip the gym today…", often followed by the conjuring of some lame excuse like, "Didn't my throat feel a little raw this morning?" or "My elbow joint felt a little funny last week… Perhaps I better give it one more day of rest, to make sure I don't injure myself.". This is easy to slip in to, especially when it's cold outside and there's a good show on TV. I think everybody gets the impulse to lazy from time to time. However, it's also a loser way of thinking that - if allowed to go unchecked - can quickly undermine your every goal! Now, don't get me wrong - there ARE times when it's wise to back off. If you're feverish, have the beginning of an injury, or any other real medical reason, by all means, stay home! However, it's when you have to scramble for excuses that it's time to grab yourself by the ear and pull yourself to the gym. Rule #1: Just Do It! Regardless of what you think at the time, just pack the bag and go to the gym. Just get there. Even if you're sure that you'll just sit there on a bench, sulking about missing your TV show - do it anyway. In 99 cases out of 100 something strange happens by the time you've changed and walks out into the gym: You're motivated! I'm guessing that we all have different triggers - whether it's seeing your own beer-belly in the mirror, thinking about the hot babe or hunk who happens to be there at the same time, or simply good ol' maschosism combined with the smell of iron (not uncommon in bodybuilding circuits), it really doesn't matter. Even with the initial intent of doing a minimal workout, you almost always end up doing a pretty good job in exhausting yourself anyway. And hey… You'll feel much better afterwards! Rule #2: Just Eat It! There is an exception to the first rule, and that is if you croak after 15 minutes thanks to a sudden drop on energy levels, aka. "Hitting the Wall". This is very de-motivating. The culprit here is often that you screwed up planning the meals prior to the workout. If you've ever tried working out on an empty stomach in the morning, you know that it's not the time to set any new personal records. You've probably also noticed that the plates somehow got heavier since last time (I heard a guy claim it was because they absorbed moist from the air, like a sponge. He's not a physics major by the way). The weakness you experience here is simply because your energy reserves are low.