Tell Yourself THIS When You Don’t Want to Workout

Ever feel tired or unmotivated to workout?

We’ve all been there.

Today I wanted to share a strategy I use for myself, and my clients when they know they need to exercise, but they don’t feel motivated to do it. 

Ready for it?  

Tell yourself: “I’ll only exercise for 5 minutes.” 

Why does this work?  

Telling yourself to workout for 5 minutes makes our brains feel less overwhelmed by the thought of a long workout. We’ll be more likely to move. 

The best part is, for many people, once we get going and get to 5 minutes of our workout, it’s often easier for us physically and mentally to keep going and keep exercising for a more extended time (longer than 5 minutes). 

You may have heard of Newton’s first law of motion: “A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by an outside force.” 

While this law of Physics did not have to do with exercise whatsoever, I’ve found the concept can relate to many of us when it comes to exercise. Once we start moving, it’s easier to stay moving. Once we start exercising, it’s often easier to continue exercising.  

What if you try it and you only workout for 5 minutes, and you don’t feel motivated to do more? 

That will happen sometimes, BUT there’s still a benefit to this strategy. No guilt!

Just the fact that you’ve gotten some movement helps train ourselves to get on a more regular exercise schedule.

It also makes us more motivated to try the 5-minute workout again tomorrow (and continue it ongoing until it gets easier to get on a regular workout schedule)! 

Give it a try! Next time you don’t feel like exercising, tell yourself, “I’ll only exercise for 5 minutes!”