Exercise doesn’t always go as planned. There will be days (and maybe even weeks) when you simply don’t want to do anything.
This is true even for elite athletes and fitness professionals. But you can dramatically increase the chances of sticking with a routine and achieving your goals with the right fundamentals in place and a solid plan that works even when you really don’t want to work out.
For some people, the exercise habit is so ingrained into daily life that exercise becomes automatic, despite fluctuating motivation levels. Take for instance Jim Ryun, the first high schooler to run a mile in less than four minutes. “Motivation is what gets you started,” he says. “Habit is what keeps you going.”
But what should you do before the habit is ingrained? And what can you do on those days when you just don’t feel like exercising? That is when having a motivation system can be the difference between success and failure.