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What if I don’t feel like working out today?

What if I don’t feel like working out today?

Oct 9, 2011

Some days I really don’t feel like working out. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep, which is my problem today, OR maybe I’m just running low on energy.  What should I do???  What would you do?

If you didn’t get enough sleep or are just physically exhausted…how tired are you? My suggestion is that you do something a little less intense…TurboJam, Kenpo from P90X, or Slim in 6 come to mind or get outside and go for a walk! It may not have been a “stellar” workout, but you did something. You got your heart pumping a bit faster and you burned a few more calories.

If motivation is the issue, tighten up your laces because once you start you may just find the energy you’re lacking! Try telling yourself that you only have to exercise for about ten to fifteen minutes. If you finish your 10 – 15 minutes and you still don’t feel like it, then don’t. You have still gotten some exercise; however, I think you will find you want to continue.  As Chalene Johnson, creator of TurboFire, TurboJam and ChaLEAN Extreme, says, “Give me 10 minutes and I will get you motivated!” Getting started is the hardest part, but once you start, you’ve overcome the biggest obstacle.

Here are a five things you can do to stay motivated and exercise on a regular basis…

  1. Develop your Personal “WHY”. Make a list of reasons why you want to get healthy / lose weight / get fit through consistence exercise (i.e., doctors have warned you, you want to be able to run with your kids, you want to know our grandkids, etc). This is a VERY powerful motivation when you don’t feel like exercising.
  2. Keep Records. Log your workouts! Put a mark in your calendar…whatever it takes to keep track of your consistency. You will find an excellent tool on the Team Beachbody Website called WOWY (Work Out With You). You can schedule our workouts; log what you’ve done every day. You will get a running total of your workouts.
  3. Make your Exercise Enjoyable! This is a must! Find something you enjoy because if you don’t enjoy doing it, you probably won’t do it for long.
  4. Try Something New. Once a month try a new activity. Whether it is Speed Walking, Kick Boxing, Kayaking, or Ballroom Dancing…try, try, try!!! How are you going to know if you like something if you never try it?
  5. Find an Accountability Partner. Being accountable to someone is extremely motivating. A partner can help motivate you when you are feeling lazy or can push you harder than you ever thought possible.

Staying motivated all the time is very hard…even the professionals struggle sometimes, but you know how good you feel when you drop a few pounds or you finish an intense workout.  Do you really want to stay motivated?  Consider becoming a Team Beachbody Coach. Since become a coach 4 years ago I have been more consistent with my workouts than I have been in the past 20 years. As I say quite often, “How can I recommend health and fitness if I am not doing it myself. Simple…it is my job!!!”

If you would like me to be your Coach (it’s free!) and help keep you motivated, accountable, and on-track send me a message.

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