We all have those days.
The days when you really just don’t want to workout. The days where you’re too tired or too busy or both. Or you just don’t feel like it.
You know you’ll feel better if you do. You know you’ll be proud of yourself if you do (or at least not be frustrated that you didn’t).
But, you just don’t want to.
Try this: The 10-minute Rule
Just start and do 10 minutes of some movement. Go for a walk, a jog, do some Pilates, jump rope…something…anything.
After 10 minutes, you can decide if you want to keep going or if you’re still not feeling like it. 10 minutes is achievable. You can do that. You suppose. Maybe. Ugh.
But, then you start. And 5 minutes in, your blood is pumping, you’re starting to sweat a little, and it feels good. At 7 minutes, you stop thinking about all of the other things you could be doing. At 10 minutes, this is great…you can totally keep it up for at least another 20 minutes.
Most of the time, 10 minutes is enough for you to feel better and keep going. I have had some of the best workouts on days like this. I just didn’t start with much motivation. It came in that first 10 minutes.
Inertia is a powerful force. It’s much easier to keep going than it is to stop what you’re doing and start something new.
And, there will be those days where after 10 minutes, you decide to stop. Those are important days too. Our bodies need rest sometimes. So, allow yourself that rest. But, start moving first, then decide if you really need the rest.
It’s easy to convince yourself you need to rest when you’re sitting on the couch or at your desk. But, most of the time, what you really need is to get up and move to feel better.