“Do I feel like it?”
Do I feel like going to the gym and then grabbing a salad…or do I feel like watching TV and ordering a pizza?
Do I feel like meal planning, shopping, and cooking every night…or do feel like just winging it?
Of course it feels easier to take the second option, the path of least resistance. But where will you be a year from now if you continue to make decisions based on how you feel in the moment?
4 Keys to ‘Just Do It’ Regardless of Your Feelings
1. Decide what needs to be done to get the results you want
Put some initial time and research into figuring out WHAT you need to do to get WHERE you need to be, otherwise you’ll be frustrated. Be smart about how you use your time. You don’t need to run for an hour five days a week, that will be overwhelming and difficult to maintain.
Figure out the most efficient way to exercise and eat healthy consistently – consistency is the key to achieving your long-term goals.
2. Get over the hump
Working out, and eating healthy, will feel most painful in the beginning, while your body is getting adjusted to the new habit. Give it some time, and the great effects you feel from your exercise will become a positive reinforcement, a self-check.
I feel groggy, yucky, and even achy if I don’t exercise multiple days in a row. It’s actually a good thing: I’ve reached the point where I feel more uncomfortable if I don’t work out than if I do.
Push through the first week, and the second and third when your initial enthusiasm wears off. And then keep pushing until you get to the place where it feels easier and automatic. I guarantee you it will if you’re willing work through it!
3. Give it 15 minutes
If you work out for 15 minutes, five times a week that’s 3900 minutes a year (65 hours). That’s not an overwhelming amount, but that level of consistency will give you incredible results compared to doing nothing, or only working out sporadically.
Whether you don’t have time, or just don’t feel like it, you can still give 15 minutes.
4. Don’t ask, only do
Again, the question, “Do I feel like it?” will inevitably trip you up. When you know what you need to do, don’t question, just take action.
We’re all busy, tired, and have a lot on our plates. The difference to getting to a different place physically (and emotionally, spiritually) is whether we’ll do the right thing even when it doesn’t feel like the most fun or easy thing.
It feels like work because it is!
Sometimes work feels scary because it’s hard and uncomfortable. But that’s only temporary, the results are beyond worth it.
Have you ever missed a workout because you just didn’t feel like it? What tips help you to “just do it” even when you don’t feel like it? Please share in the comments…