Don’t Want to Work Out? Do This One Thing to Make it Happen!

Hello and Happy Monday!

How was the weekend?

Today another week begins. Another busy week!

I’m sure this week, like all the others, you’ve made commitments to yourself and to others and want to follow through.

With so much going on, though, sometimes it can be hard to stick to the personal and professional goals you have for yourself. Sometimes, you’re tired. You’re not in the mood. You doubt yourself. You’re tempted to go the other way.

Take your fitness program, for example. You have a plan but something comes up or gets in your head and you’re considering backing out. What to do?

Remind yourself that the hardest part is showing up.

The workout isn’t the hardest part. Getting to the gym is. Trying out that class isn’t the hardest part. Walking into the studio is. Going for a run isn’t the hardest part. Lacing up and getting out the door is.

All you have to do is SHOW UP. Do this one thing. Once you do that, the rest will take care of itself.

My mom always tells me “Just go to the gym and get on the elliptical for 10 minutes. If you want to leave after, leave.” Did I ever leave after 10 minutes? No. My endorphins kicked in, and 10 minutes led to 20, 30.

So, if I’m not feeling a workout but I know I’m able to exercise that day, I show up and work out for 10 minutes. Or, I head out and run for 1o minutes. That’s all it takes to get me pumped and ready to knock it out.

Just yesterday, my sister texted me that she was arriving at the gym but she wasn’t feeling it. She said she’d just get in the pool and see what happened. And, an hour later she texted me saying that she had a STELLAR swim sesh!

When you’re doubting yourself, when you’re tempted to ditch your workout, just show up. Give it 10 minutes.


Hope you have a week full of successful, fulfilling, powerful 10 minutes!


Wicked Healthy Wonderings: What tips and tricks do you use for making sure you get your workout in?

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    • Susie
    • October 3, 2020

    Haha, so simple, so true. If only everyone understood this!

    • Lauren
    • October 7, 2020

    Yup…I actually used this as a “trick” with my mom last week. She has been trying to walk regularly. She felt tired, but I told her just to walk for 5 minutes and then she could go home if she wanted. She finished her usual walk, just because she put on her sneakers and got out the door! 🙂

    • Annmarie
    • October 7, 2020

    I got a late start this morning and needed this motivation today, thank you!!! 🙂

    • Mari
    • October 8, 2020

    So true! I am gonna ‘SHOW UP’ for tomorrow’s run. Thanks a lot Ruthie for the inspiring article (y)

    • Karen
    • October 9, 2020

    This works for me every. single. freaking. time. And for some reason the runs are often BETTER on the days when I have to baby-step my way through everything. “Just put your shoes on… just go out the door… just run for 5 minutes…” and half an hour later I’ve shattered my 5k PR on a random Monday morning training run. Love this post!

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