There are going to be times when you do not want to workout at all. You tell yourself you’re too tired or busy or stressed out, but the reality is you just don’t feel like exercising.
One way to help get through that is by doing something called “The Two Minute Rule.” Whenever you really don’t feel like exercising, just decide “I will exercise for two minutes.” Most of the time, getting over the inertia is the hardest part and after two minutes you go for ten. And after 10 you decide you can do 20 and before you know it you got a full workout in!
Sometimes this doesn’t happen. Sometimes after two minutes you may still really want to stop. If you really still don’t feel like exercising after that, it could be your body needs a break. Listening to your body is important, maybe you’re getting sick or your workout program needs to change. If this is a frequent occurrence, then you probably need to reevaluate some other parts of your life.
Even if you tap out after two minutes, at least you kept the routine. It still helps you build the habit in the long run, which will take less mental energy and motivation to keep going in the long run.