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Need Workout Motivation? Try the Five-Minute Rule

Whether you're just getting into a regular exercise routine or you've been following one for years, some days it's just so tough to motivate yourself to pull on a sports bra and lace up your sneaks. There are millions of excuses out there not to exercise, but you know you always feel better after you do. If that vague memory of post-workout bliss is not enough to get you moving, try the five-minute rule by health and fitness coach Amelia Burton.

Still need more motivation? Check out these eight techniques.

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katyharper katyharper 8 years
I totally agree with TidalWave - if I could go for a run in exactly what I'm wearing to work (which, today is a dress, jewelry and heels), then fine. But it's the whole getting ready thing - by the time I drive to the gym, park, and get changed, it's been 30 minutes. For me, an hour-long workout in real time is an hour and 45 minutes by the time I do everything. This is what makes my motivation go out the window.
zabrow zabrow 8 years
i do the same thing throughout my run... i only run 3 miles/day, but sometimes getting through the first 1/4 mile is the hardest, so i tell myself if i run the first 1/4 mile & feel like stopping & going home, then i can... & i still haven't actually turned around & gone home afterwards.
nancita nancita 8 years
I think this is a great idea. Simple, yes, but she's right: it's hard to argue with a workout once you've changed into your clothes.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I do something similar with myself, but it's the just-get-dressed rule. All I have to do is put on workout clothes, and once I do I always end up doing my whole workout.
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Working out is an escape for me so I generally don't have a lot of troule getting there but on the days I struggle this ALWAYS works. I always ends up completing an entire workout. I never regret working out but I can regret skipping a workout.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Okay, this is by far one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of in, well, ever. Now, let me start that I do adhere to the five/ten/fifteen minute rule when it comes to procrastination. If I need to clean or start a project, I'll say that I'll just work on it for 10 minutes then I'll go do something else. And of course once I get started on something, I usually end up spending longer than that 10 minutes. However, for working out, at least in my experience, it is completely different! I'm rarely cringing at the thought of running for 30 mins-1 hr whatever. I'm rarely cringing at the idea of running at all. What does it to me is the preparation! For Example, "Ugh, I don't want to change into my running clothes, put on my running shoes, drive to the park, stretch and then start running - and then I won't even get home until 7:30p and by the time I shower it's 8p and I'll be eating dinner after 9p, ugh." OR "Ugh, I don't want to drive to the gym, change all my clothes, workout, then come home and shower and be eating dinner after 9p" And this is where the five minute rule applied to exercise makes no sense at all to me! At least if I work out for 30 minutes, the whole preparation and post-workout routine is worth it. But for 5 minutes, that just sounds retarded. Maybe if we're talking about wearing whatever clothes I have on and going outside for a walk and not having to shower after, okay, but in a practical purpose. No way. And surely I can't be the only one who cringes at the before and after stuff that is involved when working out.
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