On those days when you REALLY don't want to exercise, make a deal with yourself that if after 10 minutes you're still too tired/don't want to continue with your workout, that you can stop with no guilt. When I do that, nine times out ten I do my entire workout.
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Instead of using caffeine to keep yourself awake, trying doing a short (maybe 10 minute) workout. Because of my new life schedule, I' m having trouble staying awake to get everything done. Instead of buying a coffee yesterday, I did a 10 minute cardio workout, and it helped me stay awake for the duration of my work shift and my drive home - and I never had to deal with that caffeine crash!
Obviously, getting enough sleep is what we want to do; however, in times when that's not necessarily what we are able to do, why not do something that won't lift us up and then have us crash a little later?
On days when I can't stand the thought of exercising, I make a deal with myself that I "ONLY have to work out for 10 minutes" and then I can call it quits. Of course, once I've made it through 10 minutes, I always end up wanting to keep going, but the little bargain removes the pressure and dread.
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