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SCOTD: Exercising when You Don’t Feel Like it

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is that they can’t seem to do what they want to do and feel like they know is best to do when they simply don’t feel like it.

First I think it’s important to say that this is a human experience. There is no one who doesn’t experience not wanting to engage in the things that are good for them when they don’t have energy or desire to do so. Let’s specifically talk about exercise.

I think one of the biggest reasons people do not exercise when they know it makes them feel better (already having tested this out) is because they are associating exercise with weight loss and body appearance management. There are many reasons why one should caution themselves in doing that but one of the biggest reasons is that when it is time to exercise (which has so many benefits) there is often a negative connotation associated with it. Who wants to do something difficult on a difficult day during a difficult time that makes them think of something negative.

Think about that. How has associating exercise or physical activity with weight or body appearance management caused you to NOT engage in physical activity. What would it look like to participate in the movement of your body unrelated to looks but solely based on how good you feel afterwards.

Even then, of course, sometimes we don’t feel like exercising. For me, right now, I am on the couch (typing this) and I have that feeling of…but I could just lay horizontally down on this couch RITCHT here. But I will not, because I know how good I will feel after.

I challenge you to move your body in a way that has nothing to do with appearance and see how you feel.

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