Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Trainer Tuesday: Working out (when you really don't want to)

I get it.  Some days I just can't face the gym, and a run seems much too arduous.  Excuses are easy to come up with: it's too hot, too cold, too rainy, something hurts.  Sometimes it really is time for a break.  Other times, it's just laziness and inertia.  Here are some ways I work through it.

1.  I lift weights, but it's not my favorite thing.  Sometimes I get to the gym and try to think of reasons not to do it.  When that happens, I tell myself I'll just lift for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, I know I can keep going and I rarely stop. 

2.  I move to a different part of the gym or use machines I rarely use.  This really helps with boredom and motivation.

3.  I decide to run for 30 minutes.  I know I can do just about anything for 30 minutes.  After that, I allow myself to stop, but by that time I sometimes decide to keep going.

4.  I make plans with somebody.  For a few months this spring until we all got busy, I met two women twice a week to work out.  There were times I really didn't want to go, but I didn't want to let them down.  Once we started exercising, my motivation returned.

5.  I put my workout clothes on in the morning.  If I'm already wearing them, I pretty much have to exercise, don't I?

6.  I do something that doesn't require a lot of space or props, like a circuit or card deck workout.  I don't have to drive anywhere to do this, or commit a lot of time.

7.  I watch TV or read a Kindle book while using the elliptical or stationary bike.  If it's a good book, sometimes I'll go longer than I planned.

8.  If all else fails, I go for a walk.  It's still exercise. I'm doing something, even if I'm not going all out, and it's a good mental break.

Any other good tips out there? I hope everyone has a great workout today, no matter what you do (or don't) do!
I don't feel like running...but I'm going anyway.


  1. For me it’s just making it a habit....if it’s expected and everyone knows it, then it’s harder for me to take a pass. Accountability too!

    1. Yes that works! I don't like it when people ask why I didn't exercise!


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