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Fitness Advice: Exercise Even if You Don't Feel Like It

Stay Motivated: Exercise Even if You Don't Feel Like It

I bet you can think of many reasons why you should exercise, but some days, well, you just don't feel like it. Nobody is in the mood to work out every time they're supposed to, because it's hard work. It requires effort to gather up your gear and head to the gym. If you're not feeling very motivated, it's easy to be lazy on the couch and skip out on the workout.

So on days when you're not 100 percent into exercise, just go anyway. Nine times out of 10, you'll be happy and proud that you gave yourself the push. I'm not saying you need to do an intense 45-minute sprint and an hour of strength training. Be a little flexible and choose workouts that are easier on days that you have less energy. Go for a walk instead of a run. Go to a relaxing yoga class instead of cardio kickboxing. Or just do your normal workout but shorten it.

Most of the time, the biggest challenge is making the decision to work out. So don't even give yourself the opportunity to talk yourself out of it. Just go, get it done, and afterward, you know you'll be happy you did.


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brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
Bleh my biggest problem is staying motivated :P
MightyAphrodity MightyAphrodity 9 years
I always regret it when i don't work. This article is so true. Better to do something rather than nothing. Check out my article. you may find some more helpful tips to keep you on track. Get Fit With Just 30 Minutes of Exercise A Day
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
This exact thing happened yesterday after work. I wasn't feeling it, but what I do is just think about something else intirely, so that way I get tricked into GOING to the gym...once I'm on the treadmill, I'm like how'd that happen? I always have a great workout anyway, when this happens
thedingo thedingo 9 years
I have really no problem getting there and working out, but last night I found out my grandmother was dying, and I just wasn't up for it. I will go tonight though. I figured that was a good enough excuse.
Sydney-C Sydney-C 9 years
My biggest problem is that I travel alot for work and although, yes, most hotels have fitness centers it is hard to make yourself go when you've been on your feet all day. And then when I'm home, its hard to get into a routine when I know I'm only going to be in town for a week or two and then back on the road. Any tips for my situation?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to make myself go tonight. Ha.
uschaneul uschaneul 9 years
for me, the biggest decision is to NOT workout. i make working out an absolute priority and a task that i do everyday. that way, i will usually have one or two days a week where i really can't go or i have zero energy and i skip out on those days. if you see exercise as something crucial that you do everyday, then missing one day gets disappointing and you go to the gym without even thinking about it!
lattegoodness lattegoodness 9 years
missyd, do you do strength training as well? Sometimes cardio alone isn't enough. And what type of cardio? You need to be at your target heart rate to really do some damage. I know some women who get on the stationary bike, set the speed to like 3, go for an hour and feel accomplished when really they did nothing. As far as the scale going up, muscle weighs more than fat, so perhaps you've gained more muscle mass. And I can't speak for others, but for me, I start seeing results of working out after a minimum of 3 weeks. Look at it this way: you didn't gain a ton of weight in a week, so how do you expect to reasonably lose it in a week? But yeah, the smoking thing may have something to do with your (lack of) results. I would say just keep at it, perhaps seek the help of a personal trainer for strength/weight training and you are bound to see results. Good luck!
missyd missyd 9 years
I don't think about it, I just DO it. I never ever actually feel like i....if I wait for that, I will never go. But once I'm started, I like it :-). However, I could really use some advice. I am hoping someone can help me. I work out hard for 50 minutes (cardio), 4x per week. I watch my diet perfectly. I decreased my empty carbs (bread, pasta, etc) and increased lean protein. HOWEVER, scale is going UP and my pants are getting TIGHTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF????? I am so de-motivated. I recently quit smoking, I am wondering if this is really packing the pounds on my body for some reason even though I'm dieting and exercising more (I NEVER exercised when smoked). None of this makes any sense.
elle86 elle86 9 years
It really is the biggest obstacle just getting to the gym... once there, my energy usually goes up.
j044 j044 9 years
THANK you for this post! I was fighting myself all day about whether I should go to the gym or not (well, I knew I SHOULD but if I FELT like it) and this got my to go. And now I'm back and feel tons better than before when I was feeling slow and sluggish.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 9 years
so true. the hard part for me is getting to the gym, or getting out on the streets for a run. one way i can get over it is to force myself to get in the car and drive to the gym or a park. its easy for me to say no to a run from hte house, but once i actually put some effort into getting some place i have to work out. just got back from the gym, actually.
Ridley Ridley 9 years
I have to admit... I LOVE working out!... those days that I would rather just not ... well, all I have to do is put on my workout gear and start the music... After that, there is no turning back!!! It's all about the way I feel afterward. It's the ultimate high! You have agree?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
just wanted to say I went and I feel better. Not awesome, but better!
Frenched Frenched 9 years
So true. That first step is definitely the hardest part to do sometimes. Great advice.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
So true but so hard to force myself to take that first step. Once I do I feel incredible. So I try to trick myself to making the first step to exercise for the day. Usually putting on my exercise clothes gets me on the road.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this is so me today! I'm unhappy today really missing my family and stuff all I want to do is sleep. But i'll go. I won't promise it'll be long, but I'll go
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Making the decision to work out is DEFINITELY what decides whether I work out or not. Usually, I just suck it up and work out, no matter what. But sometimes I just really can't get into it. That's when I decide to go for a long walk or something just to get moving.
laellavita laellavita 9 years
that is so true for me too - in fact, it just happened today! the weather's been gray and blah and i really wanted to do anything BUT go to the gym, but i made myself do it anyway. i feel good that i did, it was a healthy choice!
AMP AMP 9 years
"Most of the time, the biggest challenge is making the decision to work out." So true. The only way I'm able to stick with my workouts is b/c I try not to think about them at all, but just do them. Like the brushing your teeth analogy. Its something you just do, its part of your routine.
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
that's very true. for me, the biggest obstacle is just deciding to go and work out.
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