I don’t feel like running this morning. I would rather sit in my jammies, drink coffee and read my book. I would also rather wave a magic wand to clean my house but we know that that’s just not gonna happen.
Not wanting to get out the door for a workout on a given day is pretty normal. Some days you are tired or cranky or your to-do list is long and getting longer. You have company coming, you have to put the turkey in the oven, you have to clean the litterbox, it’s too cold, too hot, too wet or just too much. I get it and I’ve been there, I am there.
But those are the days that you need to do it. You have to do it. Lace up those sneakers, put on your yoga gear, pop in that Tae Bo DVD, but do something. Tell yourself you’ll just do a mile or two, or 10 minutes on the elliptical or you’ll spend only the warmup with Billy Blanks.
If, after your loop around the block you feel strong and in the groove, keep going. If however, you still feel the call of your jammies and the Today show, then use that as your body’s way of saying you need a break and enjoy your day off.
After using this trick many times, I can confidently say that 9 times out of 10 you’ll keep running, spend another 30 minutes on the elliptical or kick Billy Blanks’ butt for the whole hour. I know there is a lot of scientific reasoning behind this – endorphins, etc. but all I know is that when I start to move, I feel better and want to move more.
So the next time you just don’t feel like running or exercising – try it for 10 minutes. That’s what I’m going to do as soon as I finish my coffee.
Run strong and remember to have fun!