Do When You Don't Feel Like Exercising!"
copyright 2003 by Greg Landry, M.S
You know the feeling - your alarm clock
wakes you at 5:30 for your morning walk
and sometimes you just don't feel like doing
it. So, what should you do? Well, sometimes,
you should probably just go back to bed.
However, that should be the exception rather
than the rule.
Your best bet for working through this
is to minimize the task ahead. Tell yourself
that you only have to exercise for ten or
fifteen minutes today - something you know
you can do with minimal effort in a minimal
amount of time.
If you finish your ten or fifteen minutes
and still don't feel like doing it, then
don't. You've still gotten some exercise
in and you've energized yourself for the
day. However, I think you'll usually find
that you want to continue. Getting started
is the hard part. Once you've started, you've
overcome the biggest obstacle to exercise.
Here are four more things you can do to
stay motivated and exercise on a regular
1. Create your personal "reasons list".
Keep a piece of paper and pen handy for
a couple of days. Jot down EVERY reason
you can think of that you want to get healthy
/ get fit / lose weight, through consistent
exercise. This list is VERY powerful motivation
when you don't feel like exercising.
2. Know the benefits of exercise. We are
more motivated to do things that we'll benefit
from. The more we benefit => the more
motivated we are. For example, if I told
you I'd give you a million dollars to take
a 30 minute walk tomorrow morning, would
you do it? You bet you would! The benefits
of exercise aren't quite that compelling,
but they are pretty motivating. Do read
my article on the benefits of exercise,
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3. Keep records. Write down your exercise
time (minutes) each day. Keep a running
total for the month and year. Calculate
your average exercise time per day. Set
some lofty goals!
4. Make your exercise as enjoyable as possible.
For example, if you're a walker, you may
want to get a good cassette or CD player
to listen to music or books on tape, etc.
If you're exercising inside, set up a TV
so that you can watch it while exercising.
On the other hand, you may just prefer peace
and quiet. Do whatever makes exercise most
enjoyable for you. You are much more likely
to exercise consistently if you enjoy it.
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copyright 2003 by Greg Landry, M.S.