I have days where I feel very indifferent towards exercise. The whole “motivation” thing sometimes goes out the window and I decide that being a couch accessory is far more exciting than sweating it out. Be that as it may, I don’t do myself any benefit by slowly slipping into a sedentary lifestyle. And I know this…
I always find my way out of this little hole with a little bit of movement and some fresh perspective, but I just want to point out that lack of interest happens. We are only human. There are days when I won’t want to put my exercise gear on, and there are others when I’ll be gung ho and ready to rock the streets with my enthusiasm, and that’s okay. I don’t have to be a machine all the time and neither do you.
Exercising When You’re Depleted Can Be Damaging
If you simply cannot get to the gym, or can’t face the idea of putting on your sweats, then maybe your body is telling you that you need a break. The trick is to be able to listen to your body and interpret what it’s telling you. A break might be needed, just don’t have an extended break that never ends.
On days when your energy levels are low, it’s important not to push yourself too much. Exhausting yourself by exercising when your body is not ready can result in negative implications, such as injury, burnout, and even weight gain. Knowing your body is the most wonderful skill you can harness and it will help you identify what works for you and what doesn’t.
Focus On Enjoyment
Life is meant to be savoured and exercise should be enjoyed. It shouldn’t feel like a chore as it’s an integral part of taking care of your health. If you’re forcing yourself to do something you dread, you’re going to end up hating it and you won’t stick with it for long.
Whatever exercise programme you choose, it must be something that you really enjoy doing. Again – listen to your body and follow the cues. There are so many options available to you, you simply need to find the one that suits you. If you’re consistently doing something that you resonate with, the motivation will come hand in hand. But when it doesn’t… don’t beat yourself up over it. Be gentle throughout the process and take time to feel what is right for you.
By keeping it simple, enjoying each moment, and finding an exercise that you truly enjoy, you will stick with it for longer and have more chance of making it a lifelong habit.
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