Some people seem to think that all men should love working out. If you don’t to go to the gym to pump some iron, run a marathon or even play football in the park, there must be something wrong with you. And while many men do love exercising in its many forms, it doesn’t mean they always like it. Sometimes there’s sweat dripping into your eyes, you ache all over, it’s too hot or too cold, and you wish you had just stayed in bed. Working out doesn’t always make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Sometimes it sucks. And it’s totally okay to hate it. But it would be great if you could make these moments easier for yourself by making them more comfortable. Whether you hate exercise all of the time or just occasionally, here are some ways to make it suck a bit less.
Start Off on the Right Foot
If you don’t start out right, it’s only going to get worse. Before you begin your workout, make sure you’re totally prepared. Firstly, choose the right exercise for your mood. If you don’t feel very social, it’s probably best not to join in with a team sport. If you’re angry or irritated, choose something that will help you feel better, not worse. When you know what you’re doing, make sure you have the right gear. Wearing the correct clothes and using the right equipment can help remove those small irritants that make you want to give up. Put sweat bands on so that you’re not annoyed by excess moisture and wear good shoes to avoid sore feet. Take a water bottle with you if you know you’ll get thirsty, and wear wireless headphones, so you don’t get tangled up.
Change the Way You Think About Pain
Some days it’s easy to push through the pain you experience when you’re working it, whether it’s your shirt chafing your arm or an aching knee. But there are times when you just don’t have the mental energy to put it behind you. When you feel like the pain is getting the better of you, you can change your perception of it. Some scientific research suggests that if you think about pain in a different way, you can manage it better. For example, if you’re starting to hurt while you’re running, don’t think of the pain as an adversity. Focus on how it’s a consequence of all the hard work you’re putting in.
Know Your Limits
Of course, while some pain is to be expected, you should never push too hard. It’s important to know how much you can handle, and when it’s time to take a break. However, that doesn’t mean that if things are getting tough you should give up. You just need to be careful that you don’t push hard enough to injure yourself. If you’re feeling real pain that’s more like an injury than hard-working muscles, it might be best to stop. You can always find alternative forms of exercise if you need something more gentle when you’re injured.
Working out doesn’t always fill you with euphoria, but sticking to it and reaching the end will always make you feel better. Working past the discomfort to your final goal makes your workout more of an achievement than the days when you enjoy it.