Action Over Emotion

Picture this: Your alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m., prompting you that it is time to get up, put on your workout clothes, and head to the gym for your early morning exercise. You shut it off and notice just how good your bed feels. You think to yourself, “I am still tired, I don’t feel like going to the gym and sweat and do work. I could just set a new alarm for just enough time to get up to get ready for my day job.” Do you still go to the gym with these thoughts and feelings? In a word, yes!

Too often we let our feelings rule the outcomes of our decisions, especially when it comes to making healthy choices. The fact is you know you should get a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week, so you have to get yourself up and make it happen. Don’t think of it as a choice; think of it as just another part of your routine. I am sure there are days where you don’t “feel like” going to work, but you do it anyway because otherwise, you could lose your source of income. If you don’t go exercise, you lose a key component to your source of good health!

It is completely normal to not feel motivated to go to the gym at any part of the day. There is nothing wrong with you! Not every person in the gym made it in there with a “Let’s do this!” attitude. You could be feeling a more “Let’s get this over with” outlook instead, which is perfectly fine! Getting started is the hardest part. But once you get going, the momentum builds and you feel yourself begin to get energized and you start to feel proud of yourself for making it there in the first place. By the time you finish your workout, you usually feel accomplished, strong, and probably tired, but in a good way! So next time your early morning alarm goes off to get you up for your workout, don’t even allow yourself the time to think about hitting snooze. Immediately put your feet on the floor and start your day off right!