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Will You Exercise Even If You Don’t Feel Like Doing It?

May 18th, 2010 · 9 Comments ·
 
 

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After long day of work, most of us are lazy to exercise. The feeling of sitting at the couch watching TV is just too good to resist. You don’t feel like exercising. Yet at the same time, you know the benefits of exercising.

So, what should you do now?

For me, the biggest challenge is to decide to go or not to go. It is that few seconds of decision that makes the difference. Normally, I don’t allow myself to think too long. Don’t even give myself to do much self talk. I change my clothes, pack the bag, grab the car key and make the move.

No, I am not asking you to push yourself too hard. If you are not in the mood to do weight training, you can do cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling or rowing. If you have less energy, go for yoga classes instead of kickboxing; opt for brisk walking instead of jogging.

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I have been going to gym average 3 times a week for the past 4 years. Without me realizing, working out has already become a habit nowadays. It is like brushing my teeth in the morning and before I sleep at night. Working out is part of the routine.

In fact, once I am at the gym and doing the exercise, I will be glad that I make the effort to be there. The feeling is even better after the workout and shower.

How about you, have you come across moment uncertain to exercise or not to exercise?

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9 responses so far ↓
  • foongpc // May 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Yes. There are lots of time I did not feel like exercising. Not in the mood. Sometimes, I would take a break from my exercise routine. Other times, I would just go and exercise.

    But mostly, I would not go to the gym if I do not feel like it. I would just go for a jog in the park or something.

  • Nightmare // May 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    yeap! that’s true, I used to have that kind of situations, but I solved them packing my bag the night before after the gym and going directly to the gym after work, that way u don’t get to see the couch neither a highlight on ESPN to grab your attention…another thing that is usefull to me is constanly reading fitness material they’re inspiring and helps a lot in the motivational aspect.

  • Fitsitebe // May 21, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Another motivator is listening to music that activates some adrenaline in your body… You will feel like exercising after a few minutes (if you were trying to convince yourself to go out and train).

  • JD // May 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    You raise such an important issue. I’m always happy and feel good when I am at the gym and working out, as well as after I am finished. But for some reason actually making the decision to get up and go there is what kills me. Inertia is a killer. And like you said, the best thing is just not to think about it. Just go, don’t let yourself “debate” over it. I usually get home pretty early from work so have no issue with finding time to go and I can go before the gym starts to get packed. A few days ago though I was stuck at work late and then stuck in horrible traffic for almost two hours (normally less than 30 min drive), it was also raining hard and just all around a horrible day. I got home at about 8pm and the gym closes at 11pm but there was absolutely zero motivation in me to go workout. Then when I get home I see my wife’s sister is there visiting who I can’t stand, that was all the motivation I needed to get out of the house. I just downed a quick healthy smoothie and drove to the gym. Ended up working out very hard for a long time and loved it. That was when it really clicked in me that I should just be like a robot and just get up and go to the gym, not think about it. It will always turn out to make me feel good.

  • TJ // May 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    I have been going to the gym at least 4 times a week for more than 5 years now. Is it because I am a gym freak or fanatic? Not at all. Like Mun, it has become a habit like brushing my teeth or taking a bath. A good habit, I must say. Like Nike’s motto “Just do it”. The endorphins release after each session is worth the efforts. Also, I have derived enormous benefits in terms of general well being, having more energy, getting fitter, clothes fitting better, making new friends etc. But there is a tendency though for some folks to fall into the extreme by way of feeling totally paranoid if he or she misses more than 1 or 2 days in gym. They begin to feel as if they are getting fat by the minutes, their muscles are wasting away by the hours, they will look less attractive etc. Some begin to be obsessed with getting more muscles, measuring their fat level ever so often, getting bigger or leaner – crazy mind set I must say. It is important I think to have a sense of balance and moderation in this. When I don’t feel well or think I have a cold coming, I take a break. When I miss gym for more than a week, say, due to some emergency, no need to feel as if the world ended or we have become the Hunchbank of Notre Dame.

  • atomikdr // May 26, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    I find that once I enter the gym, my lack of enthusiasm goes away and I can train no problem. The real problem is when I’m home after a days work and feeling tired and want to skip my workout. I tell myself if I still feel the same when I get to the gym, I’ll walk out and skip the workout.

    Hasn’t happened yet.

  • Emily // Jun 4, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    yeap! that’s true, I used to have that kind of situations, but I solved them packing my bag the night before after the gym and going directly to the gym after work, that way u don’t get to see the couch neither a highlight on ESPN to grab your attention…another thing that is usefull to me is constanly reading fitness material they’re inspiring and helps a lot in the motivational aspect.

  • Julia // Aug 29, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    Many times I feel too tired to work out or think of all the reasons in the world why I shouldn’t go that day. At the end of the day I would always think up something “more important” to do, or convince myself that sleep was more essential than working out. I decided one day to work out very early in the morning (5:30) because I knew the rest of my day would be insanely busy and I wouldn’t be able to find the time. I loved it, and made it a habit to get up every day at that time and workout. That way nothing could ever interfere with my scheduled workout time and I always started my day off right. Undoubtedly there were days when my alarm would go off and I would hit it 10 or 12 times before actually getting up, but would always force myself and at the end of the workout I was on cloud 9 and had more energy and focus then I did on my days off. Therefore, not having the time or energy is not a great excuse for not working out because exercising does much more for you than sculpting your body, it gives you an overall mood lift and increases your libido and energy throughout the day.

  • Reestus Rat // Dec 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Think of it like paying bills or going to the dentist. It’s boring, tedious, expensive, time-consuming and you get no feeling of pleasure from it, but you have no choice but to do it. Accept it isn’t going to be fun, it isn’t going to be nice, that there are things you’d feel happier spending the time and money on, and just grind away at it. Oh, and forget endorphin rushes – 60% of people who exercise HARD never have them, so dabbling around the edges is never going to get you one. Sorry.

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