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I Don’t Feel Like Exercise Today

I love exercise. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love it so much that I built my entire career around helping people use it to improve their lives. Having said that, there are days when I just don’t feel like doing it.

I know that may be hard to believe, but it’s true. Exercise is hard. It takes time. It takes effort. Sometimes it even hurts!

You know what I do in these situations? I put on my big-boy pants and go to the gym. You know what happens then?

I feel better.

Every. Single. Time.

So, yes. We all have those days. The question is what you do with them.

I think I’ve mentioned one or one thousand times how important consistency is to reaching any goal. (I acutally wrote a two part post about it. You can read part one here and part two here.) Exercising when you’re not exactly raring to go is absolutely crucial to your success! There’s just no way around it.

It’s important to realize that every workout isn’t going to be great. It’s also important to realize that it doesn’t necessarily have to be. There are days when you go to the gym, do what you can and leave. That’s it. Just do what you can. Had a hard day and feeling tired? Come on in and do what you can and you WILL feel better when you’re through.

Another key point is simply focusing on how you’ll feel when you’re done. If you don’t exercise, how will you feel?

If you do exercise, how will you feel? I think you know the answer to both of those questions.

Focus on the end goal.

Now if you can honestly and unemotionally look at all these things and conclude that it’s best to take the day off, then maybe you should. But I caution you that the vast majority of the time this is not the case! How can you tell when it is? Once again, you need to be honest and unemotional. If you truly are then you’ll figure it out. An easy way to know is if you have any question at all about whether or not you should exercise, then you should. Nice and easy.

Let me know what you do when you’re not feeling it and if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS 2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley 510-754-7113

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