Some days when I do not have the energy to do my cardio/exercise bike I tell myself at least do 10 minutes. Then it turns out once I get the first 10 minutes out of the way I can finish my daily goal even if I have to say to myself "just 1 minute more"
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When I have an off day and don't feel like going to the gym, I still make myself drive by. Somehow I always end up pulling into the parking lot and thinking "Well, since I'm already here, I might as well go inside". I feel like I'm tricking myself into getting there, but it works! It's easy to stay at home on the couch, but once you're in the gym's parking lot then the couch isn't quite as tempting.
Trick Yourself into Exercising When You Don't Feel Like It
Set your goal to just work out for at least 10 minutes - and do it even when you don't feel like it. It's only 10 minutes, right?!? It's not going to kill you!
For me - when exercising I get energized. If I trick myself (even consciously) into JUST getting started - that 10 minutes can easily stretch to an hour or more. On those days that I just can't get with it - at least I get 10 minutes in.
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