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.|