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Get Motivated: You're Just Going to Feel Worse

Get Motivated: You're Just Going to Feel Worse

Last night, I was sitting on my couch trying to get motivated to go for a run. (I know, I know, my first mistake was sitting on the couch). I was feeling pretty lazy and gross, but I also just was not feeling like working out.

I kept telling myself that not going for the run was only going to elevate my feelings of laziness with myself, so somehow I mustered up the strength to peel myself off the couch and go for my run. Forty-five minutes later I was done, and I was feeling great. My feelings of laziness and grossness were completely eliminated, and I was already cooking dinner and baking cookies. After dinner I did a few things around the house, watched a little TV, curled into bed with a book and had a fabulous night's sleep.

Had I not run, I would have stayed on the couch and watched hours of TV while sinking deeper into feeling worse and worse. Cookies would have been totally out of the question and I know for a fact that I would not have slept nearly as soundly.

My point is that it is truly amazing what just 30 minutes of moving can do for you, not only for your body, but for your mind as well. When you're feeling so blah with yourself that you just don't want to exercise, remember that not exercising will only make those feelings worse.


sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
I was just having that internal dialogue where the lazy me tries to talk the responsible me into skipping my run this afternoon. The responsible me won out when I read this!
Namtaro Namtaro 9 years
I needed to hear this - it's so true. Thank you.
LadyBug13 LadyBug13 9 years
Great post! Whenever I don't feel up to working out, I start thinking about how worse I'll feel if I don't. Then I start thinking about how energized I'll feel if I do it, and I get up and go!
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
I needed to hear this! Well I will get down to it!
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
having had several drinks at the bar last night and getting just a few hours of sleep, i definitely did not want to work out today. finally i told myself i'd feel worse for not going. it wasn't my best workout, to be sure, but it certainly helped!!
sugarsister sugarsister 9 years
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Great motivational message! Of course, for me, night running is usually out of the question because if I don't work out in the morning when I wake up, I don't want to work out at all. It IS harder to get up the motivation to run when it's cold out too. Lately, I've been doing elliptical machine sessions instead. I can watch TV and stay comfortable (well, as comfortable as you can be when you're working out, lol).
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
yeah i would consider videos but i live with my boyfriend and we have the same work schedule and yeah i dont wanna do that in front of him lol. plus usually he's watching the tv or using it for his PS3 ;). but yeah, i think if i had nicer scenery around me, id be more motivated... haha i have a million excuses waiting to be used. p.s. my work building had no water today so i couldnt do any cardio at the gym here because i couldnt shower after! so when i do get my butt up off my chair at work... the showers dont work! plus i had a donut and a bagel with cream cheese this morning so i really needed it lol. next time ill bring some wet towelettes :P
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
ur_momm,... have you ever thought of getting an exercise video (yoga,pilates ect.) to do inside during the colder months it helps me out cause i always make excuses that i don't want to go to the gym when it's raining or snowing outside :)
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
it's getting so cold here now, and its already dark by the time i get home from work, that im not ever motivated to go running in the cold... i get too hot running and if i shed layers... i feel like its not so good for my body to be out in the cold with less layers.. whether im running or not. am i just wrong about this?
sammyli sammyli 9 years
I tell myself that same thing any time I think "Well, I don't havvvve to today..." But then I almost act if I'm cheating on myself by actually working out because "I didn't have to". Hahaha what tricks we do to our minds.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
Thank you for that!!! I need to print this leave it in places around the house. This is a great motivational thought.
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