The 15 Minute Rule

People are often asking me for tips on how to stay motivated while trying to lose weight. Keeping the momentum going once real life kicks in is difficult.  Life can get in the way and it can be easy to give into your excuses.  Before your know it, your momentum is gone and you’re working out less and less and letting your excuses run the show.

My number 1 workout rule is this: You’re not going to want to workout every day but do it anyways. 

What does that mean?  That means that you’re going to have to do it even when you don’t feel like doing it.  You can’t feel your way into an action, you have to act your way into a feeling.  If you wait until you feel like doing your workout, you’re going to be waiting a long time.  The only way to get finished with a workout is to just start.  Don’t sit around waiting for some amazing feeling of inspiration to come over you, create that inspiration with your action.

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Use the 15 minute rule:

On days that I can’t find any motivation to workout I always tell myself, “Do your workout for 15 minutes and if you still want to quit after 15 minutes you can quit” But 15 minutes is usually enough time for me to get in my groove and start to feel motivated.  It’s a simple mind trick because 15 minutes and a way out seems doable when I don’t want to do anything.  I’ve used that rule countless times and I’ve only quit after 15 minutes a few times.

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Don’t let your excuses run your life.  You can push yourself through 15 minutes, no matter how you feel. 15 minutes might be all you need to find your motivation and to really feel like doing it.  You’re strong enough to get through 15 minutes, I promise!

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