Get Up and Go
Sometimes, you can plan your entire day out and create ways to overcome obstacles to avoid exercising but you still don’t want to do it. Sometimes, you are so busy working on your latest project and you think to yourself, “I am never going to get out for my workout today.” Sometimes, that Netflix binge watch sesh is just too cozy to turn down. And sometimes, you just have to get up and go. Peel the blanket off and go.
I’m sure you can think of 1,000 excuses to skip your work out today. And it’s always a fun game to try to convince yourself your decision to skip your work out is the right one. But at the end of the day, you know you missed out on the great feeling and benefits of physical activity and wish you would have just done it.
Well, today just rip the band aide and get out there. Right here. Right now. Do it. No excuses or time to change your mind. Just put your shoes on and go for a walk, do a 15 minute upper body circuit, practice with the jump rope, dust off your old bike, grab a friend and take a hike. Whatever form of exercise it is, you will not regret it. You will come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and even more productive.
You might even learn something about yourself. You might learn that you enjoy working out during a certain time of day or you feel a little extra strong when you finished your physical activity or you’re feeling sluggish today or you perform better after a glass of water or particular snack, etc. This is the information that can help you stay consistent. And you won’t learn until you try.
It’s always interesting to keep an activity journal where you record what activity you performed that day in addition to how you were feeling afterward. This can be used as encouragement for the days you feel like saying “no.” Before you convince yourself to skip your workout re-read all the positive feelings you’ve experienced in the past post-exercise to motivate you for the next one.
Let me know which activity you decide to perform today and how you felt afterward. Go ahead. Just get up and go, my friend. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I am looking forward to hearing all about it.