When you want to skip a workout, instead, think, “I’ll put on my shoes and do 10 minutes. I can do anything for 10 minutes.” After 10 minutes, commit to 10 more.
When you hear yourself thinking, “Gosh, I hate exercise,” stop yourself and think instead, ”I’m going to find a form of exercise I like.”
When you’re working out and your brain is screaming, “This is too hard! This is awful!,” replace those negative thoughts with, “Only 20 more minutes, and I’ll feel so good for accomplishing this goal.”
You may not believe these positive thoughts initially, but keep up your mental game and you just might learn to enjoy the experience.
Get on a schedule
This step is simple, at least in theory: Create a non-negotiable workout schedule. Sit down and figure out how to add at least 10 minutes of planned exercise into your schedule every single day.
It doesn’t have to be much! Add a 10-minute walk to your lunch break, or do a series of squats, lunges, pushups, and dumbbell rows while watching TV. Follow the advice of success story Spencer Smith, and get up every morning, turn on some music, and dance around the house with your dog. Seriously, it worked for him.