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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Don’t wait until you “feel like it” to do something

In fact, doing the thing usually puts you in the right mood to be doing it. I learned this when my uncle moved from Boston to New Jersey. Before, he was a 45 minute drive away. Now, I’d have to travel at least 4 hours to see him. I regret that I hadn’t gone to see him more, even though I didn’t always feel like it.

This idea applies to exercise as well, at least for me. Often I just don't feel like putting on my running shoes and hitting the pavement. I can make a lot of excuses - it's cold out, I don't have time, whatever. But once I'm actually running, it feels good and I'm glad I did it.

One of the ways I motivate myself to exercise is to mentally picture how good I'll feel after. I imagine the "clean" feeling my body has and picture myself going through the day with increased energy. This method isn't fool-proof, but it definitely helps a lot.

What do you do to get beyond not feeling like exercising?

11 comments:

Lee Kolbert said...

That is a great way to put it. I tend to do the same thing. As tired as I feel, I always think about how good I'll feel after.

Rachael said...

Something that I've heard that helps me is to go ahead and get ready to work out. For example, if you are planning on swimming, go to the gym, change into your suit, get your goggles and go stand by the pool. If you still don't want to swim, then you don't have to. That way you don't have to commit mentally to the swim until you're actually there. Then you are standing by the side of the pool ready to swim. I know personally, I'm way to stubborn to not workout once I've gotten to that point. I've used this technique many times.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. I needed to hear that again. I remember when a was a gym rat at 6AM. I use to lay in my bed and think about all the people at the gym that I would see and how much fun we had getting in shape. It really works.

Anonymous said...

Great advice really. i think that many people like us feel the same, but anybody try to express to every body else, Thankssssss!

ranndino said...

The solution for me is to exercise while playing. In my case, it's soccer, but it can be any physically demanding sport. I'm way too lazy to run or exercise at the gym by myself, but when I know that I have set times to go and play in a soccer match and have a ton of fun motivating myself to do that becomes a million times easier. I play 2-3 times a week and am in better shape than when I was a teenager. I can pretty much run like crazy for almost 2 hours and not feel too tired the next day.

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