3. Reaching Towards Fitness Goals
It takes a few weeks of regular exercise for you to notice a difference in your fitness level but less than a couple of weeks of inactivity for your fitness and muscle mass to decline. Not fair, right? So don’t skip that workout, as you’ll lose a lot more from skipping it than you’ll gain if you complete it. Reaching fitness goals is hard work. Don’t give yourself an easy out. It will only put your goals further out of reach.
4. Avoiding Regret and Missed Opportunities
You can only regret the workout you don’t do. If you skip a workout, over the next day or two you’ll probably think about how you failed to get enough exercise in. You’ll feel guilty and remorseful. If you have a workout planned, don’t miss the opportunity you’ve created for yourself to improve your fitness. Just do the workout, and you won’t regret it.
5. Relieving Stress and Anxiety
One of the top reasons people skip workouts is that they feel too stressed or anxious. However, the irony of that mindset is that vigorous exercise reduces stress and anxiety and acts as an antidepressant. It gives you time to get away from what’s stressing you. During an intense workout, you focus on what you’re doing instead of life’s worries, and regular exercise makes you more resilient in your daily life.
You can’t prevent feeling averse to exercising, but you can change how you respond to it. When such a day comes, as it inevitably will, remind yourself of why you exercise in the first place. Think about how you’ll feel so much better after your workout. Think of ways to make your workout more appealing. If you need to, shorten it a bit so that at least you do something.