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by DavalosMcCormack on July 9, 2008

What do you do when you really don’t feel like doing anything. The other day I really just felt like taking a nap. Getting through the afternoon without falling asleep was tough and I certainly didn’t feel like going to the gym or going out to a formal dinner afterwards. But in the end I did. Why? Because on Mondays I always go to the gym.

Now, I really don’t think that being a creature of habit is always a good thing. But there are times when it does come in handy, and scheduling exercise is certainly one of those times.

First, by making it a routine you take some of the guesswork out of when you’ll do it; you
don’t wake up every day thinking “shall I go to the gym today?” you just know that on certain days you go – regardless of whether you feel like it or not, because let’s face it, most of us never feel like going to the gym, and certainly never on a Monday night after a long, fun-filled
weekend.

Second having a routine gives it a sense of importance and priority. It shows you have carved time out of your day to do something valuable for your health. It’s not just a ‘might do”, it’s written in ink in your diary.

Now there are going to be times when you either really don’t feel like doing it, or you can’t because other things come up that you can’t get out of. And that’s ok, because you know those are only occasional things and they show you have a degree of flexibility. So, if you can’t make it on a Monday then go another night when you normally just hang out at home.

I’m clearly not the only one who does this because on Monday night’s the gym is packed. There are lines to get on the treadmills. The free-weights area is just a zoo and virtually every workout machine is being used.

If you go there on a Wednesday there are fewer people. Thursday fewer still. Friday is almost a ghost town and the weekends are generally more casual too. People who work out regularly have their routines. They know what works for them.

So, all you need to do is find a time and routine that works for you. The easiest way to start is pick the night that has the crappiest TV shows on – that alone should give you seven days to choose from!

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