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Working out even when you don't want to.


How often do you honestly feel like working out? Is it something that you look forward to everyday? When it's cold outside and warm in bed do you push yourself to get up and either go to the gym, go for a run or do something at home? If your answer is no, then maybe these tips will help you find ways to boost your excitement to get moving.

I'll be honest, lately I've found that if I don't workout before I teach my morning class, I have very little motivation to do it after my class. Why have I not gotten up at 6am to exercise? Well, I did just recover from hip surgery and have been completely off my normal routine. Maybe my body wants more rest in the am? I do notice that I'm sleeping well and feeling so rested that I don't want to mess with that.

Listening to your BODY not your MIND makes a big difference. I have been listening to my body and allowing it more rest. By doing this I've been able to workout at random times during the day just to fit a workout in. I would have never done this had I not started meditating and actually paying attention to what my body actually needs. Instead of listening to that voice inside of you that tells you to skip the workout altogether, listen to what your body wants. There is a big difference. Maybe your body isn't up for a hard HIIT workout. Try doing just a 20 minute workout. I guarantee once you get started those endorphins will kick in and you will be adding additional time onto whatever it is you decide to do. This happens to me every single time I workout on an "off" time and just try and get a shorter workout in. I end up working out longer because I love the way it makes me feel. I have had some of my best workouts this way. I start off picking something short like a 30 minute HIIT ride on my Peloton, after I'm done I'm so in the zone I keep adding on additional workouts. The key is to notice how your body feels and how that makes you feel emotionally. I'm willing to bet you are in a better mood after you workout than if you skip it altogether.