When the Last Thing You Want to Do Is Exercise

Jordan Mendiola

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Fitness is one of those things we all know we should do, but we decide to take the day off regardless. I don’t blame you. There are tons of things to do that are much easier than getting dressed, sweating, and feeling sore afterward.

You could be binging the newest season of Stranger Things, gaming on Warzone for 6 hours, or casually drinking alcohol.

Those are the easy options. But are they the right ones?

Probably not always.

Being the captain of a football, baseball, and basketball team throughout my childhood on top of being a Sergeant in the US Army and a collegiate Cross Country runner has got me to where I am today.

Exercise can’t feel like a chore, so my advice to you is to choose an activity or activities that pump you up. Do you love basketball? Incorporate it into your workout regime. Do you prefer to keep things simple and stay on a treadmill? Cool, buy an in-home treadmill or find the gym nearest you.

The excuses begin to evaporate when you set your sights on a goal.

  • Do you want to be stronger? Lift weights and eat properly.
  • Do you want to be slimmer? Do cardio, go for runs, and record 10,000 steps a day minimum.
  • Do you want to maintain your current physique? Do a mixture of body workouts, cardio, and eat properly as much as possible.

Let’s Find You Some Achievable Workout Goals:

  • Walk 10,000 steps at least 5 days a week.
  • Increase your bench press max by 20 pounds.
  • Increase your dumbell curl max by 10 pounds.
  • Go to the gym at least three days a week for 45 minutes.
  • Try 1 new workout every time you visit the gym.
  • Bring a friend, relative, or significant other to your workout.
  • Cut your mile time down by one minute.

Final Thoughts

I could have spent time hyping you up to work out, trying my best to motivate you, but I didn’t. Most people just need guidance.

Without the structure I had in organized team sports, I wouldn’t have had the discipline to work out on my own.

Dig through the internet because there are a billion workouts and exercise ideas out there. This is your kick in the ass to get up and achieve the body you deserve. You got this!

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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