Tonight someone asked me how I find the will to exercise everyday, and I smiled. I do it even when I don’t feel like doing it. Some days I wake up ready to exercise, and other days (like yesterday) it’s hard to get motivated to sweat. But regardless of how I feel about it, I usually do it because I think about how I’ll feel at the end of the day. I think about how happy I’ll be that I did it and how miserable I’ll feel if I don’t do it.
There have been times in which I spent so much time dreading exercise that I could have been finished. So when I dread it now, I think of that, and it usually helps me transition into exercise mode.
Last month I had bronchitis for a couple of weeks. (Note to self: When you have bronchitis, take it easy. You’ll get better much faster.) I still tried going to the gym for resistance training, but I didn’t do much there. And I didn’t do much cardio while I was sick either. So when I started feeling better, I started working hard to sweat.
Today I finished Day 9 of the 30-Day Shred, hit the gym for resistance training and did an hour of cardio at home. And I’m tired…and sore. But I feel good because I know it will pay off. And I know that even though I didn’t feel like exercising today, I’ll be glad I did it tomorrow.
It’s hard to form good habits, and it’s easy to fall out of them. We are all human. We all have ups and downs, but if we forgive ourselves and move forward then we’ll accomplish our goals.
How do you motivate yourself to exercise? What makes you feel good at the end of the day?