Even the most dedicated exercisers have days when they don't want to workout. I am still teased about a time a few years ago when I changed into my workout clothes all ready to go to the gym, but instead sat on the couch and ate a piece of cake. It happens sometimes, but here are three things that help me get that workout in when I'm not feeling it.
1. Think about your why. Why do you workout? Do you have health issues you are helping to alleviate or prevent? Do you want to be healthier to live longer or to be able to play more with your kids? Whatever your reason for exercising, let it motivate you to get up and do it.
2. You will feel better when you are done. Seriously. I have never regretted a workout but I have regretted NOT exercising. I tell myself if I still feel like stopping after 10 minutes, I can, but I at least have to start. 99% of the time, I feel like continuing after starting. I always feel good after a great run or class. It's key to remember this when you are thinking about not starting out.
3. Make a short term goal. I am very goal oriented. If I have something I am working toward, I am motivated to make strides to meet that target. Some things that have worked for me in the past; signing up for a 5k, lose five pounds this month or get 10,000 steps each day. Don't keep your goal a secret, be sure to tell your friends and family so they will help keep you accountable.
What things help you to not skip a workout?