Here's Why You Didn't Exercise Today

Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D

You didn’t have time.

You didn’t feel 100%.

You figured you’ll do it tomorrow.

Something unexpected came up.

It was too cold outside.

None of that is true.

In reality, you decided that doing something else would feel better than exercise. That’s how our brains work. Relaxing, watching Netflix, lying on the couch, scrolling through Facebook, or even household chores seemed more alluring than exercise, which if you are doing it right, challenges you, makes you sweat and quite frankly is a lot of work. You chose something else. And that’s fine.

But if you want to stick with your plan to exercise tomorrow, recall your last workout and think about how great it felt as you neared the end, how proud you were that you finished and take a moment to ponder the health benefits. Accumulated stress and fat melt away. Your body and your mind get stronger with each workout. Decision-making is easier. Your clothes fit better. You feel more confident.

Walk, swim, bike, run, lift weights, take a yoga class, do some sit-ups and jumping jacks. Just commit to doing something. The benefits are there and they’re available to you in as little as 30 minutes. Today. Now.

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