Working out is a good idea, until it doesn’t feel like one. On a really sunny, vibrant day, it’s easy to feel the motivation to workout pump in your veins. But what about those cold mornings where snuggling under a warm blanket sounds like a hundred times better of an idea than running on a treadmill? It’s during those days that we frantically scan our brain for good reasons to workout.
In truth, it’s virtually impossible to always be motivated to workout. There will always be days when we just feel like skipping our morning run, or not attend that yoga class. However, it’s usually when we least feel like working out that we should actually workout.
Finding your motivation
You don’t even have to look far and wide for a really good argument why you shouldn’t skip the gym. Here are four good reasons to get up and work out, even when you don’t feel like it:
You could blow your chances of creating a good fitness routine
One of the smartest way to be consistent in your workout routine is by incorporating it in your daily routine. You can run for a few miles first thing in the morning, before you proceed to do your usual routine before heading to work. If you’re too busy in the morning, you can do your workout after you head out of the office.
Incorporating your workout routine makes it easier to train your mind to view it as an essential step of the day. Therefore, skipping the gym today might make it harder for you to incorporate it in your routine. Remember, the key here is repetition.
You don’t have to complete it in one go
You can break down your workout routine throughout the entire course of your day. You can do a 20-minute run in the morning, and then a few minutes of squats during lunch. You can then proceed to do lunges, squats, plank and other workouts in the evening.
If you don’t feel like finishing all 40-minutes worth of workout, dividing the minutes for the entire day will not make it less effective. If anything, it makes the idea of working out sound less of a long tiring and boring activity. You can turn it into a set of activities to keep you pumped throughout the day. It will keep you energized and awake, which anybody with a hectic lifestyle could use.
You might not feel like working out… ever
If you wait to feel like working out, you might end up not working out at all. The idea is simple, but very true. This applies especially when you’re just getting started in your workout routine. Chances are, your motivation would dwindle down around the third or fourth day, week or month.
When this happens, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’ll just catch up on your workout when you finally feel like it. But your motivation is very unlikely to grow back to its peak on the very next day. This is why it’s important to keep on keeping on, even when you don’t feel like it. Because most likely, you’ll have to work out (even when you don’t feel like it) to really see results. Good physical results are good reasons to work out!
You can choose to do a light workout
As mentioned above, you can finish your entire routine in one go, or cut them up in smaller intervals throughout the entire day. But if you really don’t feel like getting up at all, allow yourself to a little bargain. “How about working out for just 15 minutes?”
15 minutes is pretty short if you compare it to the 24 hours you have for the entire day. You can definitely dedicate that short span of a time on a treadmill. After those 15 minutes, you can stop and go about your day. But if it keeps you going and you start to feel great, consider doing your full workout.
Taking the first step
The lack of motivation to work out is normal. Even athletes can sometimes feel the temptation to skip practices and training. But usually, the key to overcoming this lack of motivation is simply taking one single step. When you don’t feel like working out, try to get out of bed. Step in your shoes. Take a few steps out of the oor. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself walking faster, until the brisk walk becomes a jog and before you know it, you’ve already spent 20 minutes in your morning jog.
Among all the good reasons to workout, the best one probably comes after you’ve successfully taken the first step. It comes when you’re finally on the road, on the treadmill or sitting on your yoga mat. You’ll realize how you actually enjoy your routine, and soon enough, all the reasons not to work out will simply fly out the window.