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Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

I often times find that once I get moving (even if I just plan on a walk around the block) I end up going much longer than I planned. In fact, sometimes these even end up being my best workouts because I'm motivated from the sense of pride I get from pushing through when I didn't feel like it!
- Submitted by SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 65 Comments
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BELLACUDDLES 3/25/2010 2:00:00 PM

    Even walking around while on a cordless phone is exercise!
LJCANNON 4/3/2010 10:58:00 PM

    I have found that if I promise myself to 'Just' 15 minutes of something, I will usually do longer. After all, if you walk 105 minutes, why not go ahead and keep walking for 20? And if you do 20 minutes--without pain, why not go ahead and do 1 full mile. Before you know it, it has been 60 minutes and you are almost to 3 miles. Keep going a few more minutes.
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DORIS32 6/1/2010 9:45:00 AM

    the best workout is the one you didn't want to do! emoticon
JRBASKIND 11/19/2010 1:18:00 PM

    A good reminder! A little something is better than a whole lot of nothing!

2BDYNAMIC 4/15/2012 6:07:00 PM

    Confuscious Say: "When your weight is up 2# .... Rise quickly and move before the 2 adds a zero and becomes 20!" ............ Ok, not really sure if it was Confucious ......... maybe I just dreamed it.......... lol ......... emoticon
COOKI3123 3/15/2012 11:52:00 AM

    I was in a store last week and the cashier was having a problem with the person in front of me and while they fixed the problem, I started doing my squats. The lady behind me in line said...."that's a great idea". So before i left the store, I got in 50 squats. The crazy thing is.....I was not embarrassed int he least, and I am not a small person!
THEWALKWAY 6/12/2011 11:47:00 AM

    I couldn't agree more! I recently found a saying that I've applied to exercise: You won't regret doing it but you will regret NOT doing it!! So true (p.s. I am brand new to here and am loving all the inspiration I am finding!
CLISJW 3/25/2010 2:41:00 PM

    I so agree with this, I have a exercise ball for a chair at my desk which I spend 90% of my sitting time. I bounce and bounce and do different exercise while doing computer work or watching tv. This way if I have a day of not being motivated at least I got that in. I also keep a 3lb weight ball on my desk and I play around with that working my arms. emoticon Hope this was helpful emoticon
LIQUID11 6/19/2010 9:38:00 PM

    Every little step is nothing else than a step with a negative misleading Tag on it!
What defines little? Only zero exercise is little as it doesn't add up to the sum of our previous accumulated efforts.
Just 10'. Then may be another 10'. And another. And so on.
And the sum goes up, slowly[?] maybe, UP[^] UNDOUBTEDLY !!
SPIRITDANCER3 6/23/2010 11:18:00 AM

    Thank you for reminding me to "just do it" even if it doesn't mean I do what I had planned as an exercise for that day.
KSTYLEFITNESS 5/27/2010 11:51:00 AM

    Thanks! I need to do thsi more. Those little minutes add up to calories burned.
HYATTI1 8/12/2012 12:33:00 AM

    Well said we have to get up and at least make an attempt rather than sit around complaining that it can't be done. The first step is always the hardest after that the steps will just follow in succession. You made a good point lets just hope we can all take it to heart and get er done.

CHERYLSBUTT 8/10/2012 2:22:00 PM

    If I dont have a scheduled workout...I am sure to do the exercise of the day presented to my email by spark. It is a way to insure I do something!
RUTHDEN1 3/23/2011 4:28:00 PM

    Stretching first thing in morning starts the day for exercising the rest of the day. emoticon emoticon
QUEENCAT25 5/13/2010 2:21:00 AM

    Just keep MOVING! =D
GAL2202 11/2/2015 6:32:00 PM

    You are so right. I went for a 25 minute walk today. Also if shop at stores that gives you walking exercise.
1STBUCKETITEM 12/18/2014 4:31:00 AM

    Gotta keep emoticon emoticon
BANNERMAN 12/18/2014 1:05:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
PREPAREMYTEMPLE 12/17/2014 10:53:00 AM

    I have been putting off exercising because I don't like how I feel when I finish but I need to concentrate on the benefits more instead of my feelings. Thanks for the reminder.
DELLMEL 12/17/2014 8:53:00 AM

VAINVT 12/17/2014 7:00:00 AM

    Everything counts - even little bits of exercise. And it makes you feel good to do something.
IDLETYME 12/17/2014 6:18:00 AM

    Super - thanks for sharing! emoticon
LEANMEAN2 12/17/2014 6:02:00 AM

SPARKLESKIP 4/4/2014 11:45:00 AM

    On days I don't feel like walking, I get out and go anyways and then convince myself to go a bit further than last time with "C'mon, just one more song!", when the tunes are playing that is!
2BDYNAMIC 3/17/2014 10:05:00 AM

    Absolutely!! Get that body moving .......... sitting around eventually causes more fatigue! emoticon
RJNICHOLS 10/7/2013 8:38:00 AM

    Since I have started exercising on a regular basis, I can not sit still as well as I use to. Such a great feeling and so many UFOs (unfinished objects) are getting completed. Simply amazing when you get up and DO something.
PATGROV 8/28/2013 8:16:00 AM

    I put on a CD and dance through it - keeps you movin and is fun; try to do couple times a day.
ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/14/2013 11:55:00 PM

    You're right. That does work...and I'm always glad later that I listened to myself.
SHANNONY84 11/28/2012 7:30:00 AM

WOMANATWORK1 11/14/2012 5:59:00 AM

    HA! OMG!! I'm sitting here this morning, just about to rationalize myself out of doing SOMETHING because I did SP Pilates two days ago and KILLED my inner thighs! I am about to do some UPPER body strength exercises! Just 20-30 minutes and I can still be on time to work!!! Thank you all for your comments and thank you SP!!!!!
ICANIWILL18 10/15/2012 9:48:00 PM

    I'm glad I came to this page tonight. I totally loved many of the comments. I feel that I can slip and return, exercise while doing other options, and if I feel like sitting I can at least DO SOMETHING to make my body better.
FIT4MEIN2013 9/16/2012 1:32:00 PM

    I have found that I need to "do something" every day, even if I don't get my good workout in. I feel so much better!
BERRY4 8/31/2012 3:01:00 AM

    Sometimes, once you start, it's all you need to keep going!
LESLIE56 8/20/2012 10:09:00 PM

    I didn't do as much as I wanted to do, today, but I got out with my dog, for about 30 minutes. I'll try for more tomorrow.
Keep your body moving, even if it is for a short time.
LEANMEAN2 8/11/2012 7:31:00 AM

LEANMEAN2 8/11/2012 7:30:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
HIGHNOON 8/10/2012 8:46:00 PM

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NAOLEE 8/10/2012 7:00:00 PM

    Walk the dog. emoticon
DNRAE1 8/10/2012 3:15:00 PM

    The 10 minute Challenge has really jumpstarted me. Knowing that I only have to do 10 minutes (which so far has turned into a minimum of 30 each time) keeps it all manageable!
FITWITHIN 8/10/2012 2:00:00 PM

4THELOVEOFDOLLS 8/10/2012 12:02:00 PM

    Thank you. good incentive. emoticon
PYNETREE 8/10/2012 9:11:00 AM

    You are so good...I need to start moving more!
CMORISAK 8/10/2012 7:15:00 AM

MRSTAZMAYO 8/10/2012 6:31:00 AM

    When working on a "trained-monkey" project at work (working on something I don't have to think about), I try to step in place. My co-workers think I'm nuts, but they thought that before!
GARDENSFORLIFE 7/3/2012 8:22:00 PM

    Good tip!
Just get up and move!
BAPSANN 5/25/2012 10:36:00 AM

    Any movement is better than the couch and will at least elevate the resting heart rate.
SPARKPERSON2012 5/24/2012 10:16:00 AM

    Good advice
TRESA7 5/10/2012 6:38:00 PM

    I find that if I don't exercise, I truly regret it!

If I don't feel well physically or mentally or whatever, I sometimes let that be an "excuse." But, NOT doing something almost always makes me feel worse! I've even fallen from slightly sad to downright depressed because I didn't exercise!
2BDYNAMIC 4/15/2012 5:59:00 PM

    Today I am really feeling in a 'slump.' ....... Just don't feel like exercising, BUT I WILL!!!....... I have always believed, commitment to something is doing it anyway, even when you don't feel like it! ......... Excuse me now ......... I have to get moving! LOL ........ (thanks for sharing all) .... emoticon
HOSTESS3 3/1/2012 8:20:00 AM

    I love this idea...It's a challenge to remember to just keep moving!
LAMBIERABBIT 2/3/2011 11:00:00 AM

    excellent advice
KPARKS21 10/2/2010 2:59:00 PM

    When I don't feel like exercising I usually just push myself to go ahead and do it. You feel better knowing that you did after you finish anyway.
SOFREKENCUTE 9/16/2010 11:30:00 AM

    i try and move every day and even if i do not lose any i might not gain any so i try and move every day
SPIRALELLA 6/22/2010 7:41:00 AM

    My mother and doctor always tell me the same thing! Good one. emoticon
GLSRRT 5/18/2010 9:36:00 PM

    Every time I am preparing to workout I look for excuses fortunately I'm running out of excuses because when I finally start & finish my workout I feel so much better. emoticon
ALMAGGIE 5/12/2010 6:34:00 AM

    True. Just Move move move...
1LADYBELLE 5/11/2010 9:32:00 AM

    knowing that I am getting out in fresh air,moving around,even at the gym,but that I'm productive and that I will get to lay out for a bit(my little reward);but I don't stop there,because when I'm done laying out,I come back and clean the house,just a little,so that everyday I have something to do...even watering the plants and sweeping the porch... emoticon
NANALD 5/6/2010 5:55:00 PM

    Ah moment....I have given up the cell phone while driving. I find walking boring and yet I need a very low impact exercise and walking is perfect. It never occurred to me to do some checking up with people while walking to pass the time until I saw the comment about exercising with the cordless phone. Thanks for the idea!
SYIETA@0 4/29/2010 2:00:00 PM

    i am a nurse so i walk the halls all day checking on patients that to me is exercise then go for a walk for lunch 10 mins emoticon
SHEWRITESMEMOIR 4/22/2010 2:25:00 PM

    I love this tip! I like to dance before getting in the shower or if I don't feel like dancing, I always feel like stretching and moving around for a few minutes; it makes me feel leaner...more centered.
ONELOVEJENN 4/15/2010 10:02:00 AM

    I've found that if I don't go to the gym or get exercise in, I feel guilty. I can't even enjoy my day because I KNOW I should have worked out. I don't see this as a problem, I'm happy because I feel I've made exercise a habit, and I know how good I feel after a good workout. emoticon
ANTCOF 4/9/2010 2:58:00 PM

    SOOOOOO True
SBOYKIN 3/27/2010 8:23:00 PM

    whatever I do in the morning, I try and turn it into some kind of exercise or stretch . . . then my day is started 'right' and I can often keep the momentum going all day long
SEEHOLZ 3/26/2010 1:00:00 PM

    Totally agreed and if you just dont' feel it, at least you did your body some good!
WANNABWITY 3/25/2010 9:45:00 PM

    I love the idea of the exercise ball for a chair at the desk.

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