Like you I don’t always feel like exercising. If I have a class to teach or a friend to meet for a run that’s different because people are waiting for me and I’m not one to disappoint.
But when it’s just me, myself and I, some days it’s harder to get out the door.
That’s why I live by the 10 minute rule. It’s very simple and very effective and here’s how it works.
Commit to doing 10 minutes of anything; run, the elliptical at the gym, yoga, your walk, whatever. And when you hit your 10 minute mark and you still are not motivated, inspired or simply don’t wanna any longer. You can stop. Call it a day and come back the next.
“But Keli”, you say, “I can’t get in shape if I quit every workout after 10 minutes”.
But I say. Don’t worry. I’m pretty confident that once you get moving you’ll keep moving. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve bagged a workout at the 10 minute mark in the past few years.
And if you have one of those days that you start running and at 10 minutes you realize it ain’t gonna happen. Turn around and go home. Chalk it up as a rest day. Because just as Scarlett O’Hara famously stated in Gone with the Wind, tomorrow is another day.
Now go run!