It happens to the best of us. Even those who exercise for a living. (But don’t we all exercise for living?)
We wake up and find ourselves lacking in motivation. “I don’t feel like it today”, “I’m too tired to get to the gym”, “It won’t hurt to skip my spin class today”, “I have a lot of other things to get done”.
When my motivation to work out needs a boost, I ask myself three questions:
- Did I exercise on two of the last three days?
- Can I fit a workout in tomorrow?
- Can I find 30 minutes in my day to move, without going to the gym?
If I answered ‘yes’ to the first question, I just might deserve a day off. I aim to exercise 5 days out of 7, leaving me 2 days a week for rest and recovery. Maybe my lack of motivation is just my body’s way of saying ‘rest today’.
Whether or not today is an official rest day, however, depends on my answer to question number two. If there’s time in my schedule for a workout tomorrow, I’m off the hook. Rest day it is. If not, and particularly if the rest of the week is jam packed and there’s even the slightest possibility that I might have to miss a workout later in the week, off to the gym I go.
I might not feel like exercising, but I know that I’ll regret skipping out on my workout later in the week. Usually once I’ve laced up my running shoes, uploaded an energizing playlist and warmed up a bit on the treadmill I get into the groove and end up happy with my decision.
Even when I’ve answered ‘yes’ to questions 1 and 2 and feel like I’ve officially earned a day off, I ask myself how I might fit 30 minutes of movement into my day away from the gym. A walk, mid-day, to clear my head. Some pushups and a plank, just because. Some shots on goal in the back alley with my youngest child.
Thinking about skipping your workout today? Ask yourself three little questions. If you can’t honestly answer ‘yes’ to at least two out of three, you might need a little more motivation!
Check out some of my previous Monday Motivation posts and get moving.
- Exercise because it makes you happy
- Fido ‘s counting on you
- Get energized with great music
- Exercise to reduce your risk of cancer
You’ll never regret the workouts you do, just the ones you miss! (A cliche, but true!)
What’s your secret to staying motivated to exercise even when you don’t want to?