That was me this morning. Some days I can't wait to work out, and other days the idea of working out feels like a drag. This is very common. I learned some light-hearted work arounds that can help.
I read an article saying that Madonna worked out 6 hours a day. WOW. As a mom of four that works full time, I do not have time for such craziness. Even if I were a celebrity, I would not want that rigorous of a schedule.
Good news! As a personal trainer, I learned that it doe not take hours of exercising to gain momentum. As a matter of fact, I learned that it only takes as little as 12 minutes to see a positive response.
12 minutes? That is doable. My showers are often longer than that.
So, on those days that I do NOT feel like working out, I ask myself, "Can I make it 12 minutes?" Yes, I can do 12 minutes. Then I allow myself to decide at the 12-minute mark if I want to continue.
Nine times out of ten, once I get started, I'm as happy as a cat and I feel great, so I continue. On an off day, if I'm not feeling it at the 12-minute mark, I let myself off the hook and feel good that at least I got my 12 in today!
Next time you don't feel like working out, can you spare at least 12 minutes?
Laurel Elders, PCC, CEC
Life Coach & Educator
Author of Eating With Heart: The Five Steps to Breaking Free from Emotional Eating