Also, I just make sure that there are no excuses. I put my yoga mat out with a bottle of water, set my alarm, etc. It’s all about preparing yourself each and everyday.
I also have a desk calendar with a special gold gel pen JUST for checking off the days I succeed in exercising. I make a gold star in the box.
I promised myself if I filled a WHOLE month of daily exercise then I'll buy myself a pair of novelty socks.
So my goal to exercise is actually a bunch of smaller goals and treats. If I don't run then I'll dance. If I exercise I give myself a gold star. 31 gold stars and I get a new pair of socks!
It sounds really silly right? But if it works then It's not silly. It's actually brilliant.
If you really don’t feel like going to the gym, just do some yoga or push-ups and sit-ups at home. Don’t use up too much of your willpower or you’ll burn out. Also, don’t let a skip day throw you off. Rest is good, especially when you’re first getting into working out.
Good luck! 🙂
Exercise is the second thing I tackle on my list. Drinking water upon rising is first. It sounds simple but you just have to start doing it. I have never been an exercise enthusiast. I have not had a regular workout for more than a few weeks over 40 years. I detest gyms! Never go. Still don't.
But my body changed and I realized that I have more living to do, more that I want to get done.
The problem with beginning to exercise is that it feels awkward and almost useless. You feel like you are flailing aimlessly. That is the muscles that have been trained to do nothing trying to keep doing nothing. They are your muscles. You taught them to do nothing. Now teach them to do something. Look at it that way. They will begin to come around right about the time you want to quit. Don't! You want to get to soreness. That's the point of resistance from those muscles that you want to get past. You will feel it when you do. It happens quicker than you think. It is subtle. First no more soreness. Then you will notice simple daily physical tasks are easier. If you have really committed to changing your mind to change your body this is when you will realize that you are accomplishing just that. That is when the exercising becomes its own motivation. The workout becomes routine. You'll really know when you want to add to it. It becomes a steady cycle that benefits you. Good luck!