Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Growing up as a dancer and athlete I learned from a very young age that sometimes you have to fake it. Sometimes you have to fake your enthusiasm, confidence, or knowledge. Sometimes, you have to fake all three. I know how hard it can be to get back on track with exercise once you have gotten out of the habit. We’ve all been there. Once you’re out of the habit, getting started again can feel like climbing a mountain. Here’s where you have to fake it, but just for a little while. Fake your enthusiasm for adding another thing to your to do list, fake your enthusiasm for the inevitable soreness that will come, fake your confidence in that new class you’re trying. Fake it just once or twice and you’ll be back on track in no time.
Here are a couple of tips to help you fake it ’til you make it when it comes to getting back on the exercise wagon.
Self-Talk the Talk
We all have conversations with ourselves. Good and bad. We have the best intentions but then that voice in our head says “I’ll work out tonight after work”, or “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I deserve a break.” That voice can be hard to ignore. But positive self-talk can win over. Pre-program a self-talk speech so that when you begin to rationalize and make excuses, you’re reminded of why you are exercising. When we rationalize reasons to not do something, remember that this is something you actually want to do. It’s just the inertia of changing your routine that’s holding you back. What are your bigger goals that are beyond just today? Every tomorrow starts with what’s happening right now.
Walk the Walk
If you are having trouble getting out of the gates–say you want to take an exercise class at 7:30am–try just waking up, putting on your workout clothes, and going for a walk. This begins to break down the mental barriers and within a couple weeks you will get to the class.
You’ve established a routine of not doing things. Now it’s time to change that routine up. We all know change is hard. Remember that you just have to keep making small changes everyday. Keep walking the walk, even if it means you’re just wearing some awesome new leggings and rad running shoes. Eventually, you’ll put that fit fashion to work and return home sweaty.
Here’s to new routines and faking it ‘til you make it!