Working Out When I’m Lazy

I openly admit that I am lazy most days when it comes to working out. I hate to do it and the fact that I’m overweight shows it. I’ve never been the girl who likes to exercise, go outside much, play sports, etc. I go outside now more than I did, but most days I have to force myself to work out. Not enjoying it so much means I have to have a plan to get myself motivated.

It’s simple. I get up and get started before I have a single moment to think about it. If I gave it any thought, I wouldn’t do it. I have plenty of people at my house who have no problem giving me excuses not to work out. If they had a moment to do it. I quickly put on my workout clothing and head out the door. I do my yoga out on the back porch and then do my running or whatever I’m doing for the day. They I just proceed down my list until I am dressed and ready to work for the day. Doing it this way means I have no excuses. Although if it rains and I have to go back into the house I shut down completely and be finished for the day. 

Those days I head to the gym or the YMCA and get my workout done. For me, working out when I’m feeling lazy means pushing through it no matter what. Anytime I have to skip a day for any reason such as I am too sick or have an appointment that is too early to actually workout throws my whole week off. If I miss one day, I tend to not workout again the rest of the week. I know that I could just work out later int he day or even skip one day and pick it back up tomorrow. Yet, for me, that just doesn’t work. 

My particular mental illnesses hinder me in that regard sometimes. I’m not just battling my body and it’s love of food. I’m battling my mental illnesses that tell me I should just give up and eat all I want. I will never be skinny or even thin and will ultimately fail. The other illness tells me how awful it is to have my schedule messed with. How much it has thrown my entire week out of balance and order. It’s a struggle on a daily basis but one that I refuse to give up fighting.


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    1. Me too! Although I will admit that once, long ago, my brother ran in front of me holding a candy bar and kept yelling “Don’t you want it?” At the end I didn’t want it as much as I wanted to punch him in the face for doing it. However we did complete a five mile walk/run.

  1. I am just going to admit it, I hate working out and to tell you the truth I get bored. I laughed out loud when I read the title to this post I love it. I find I do better if I exercise by going on a long walk or a bike ride.

    1. I love that you laughed at the title! I’m not one of those people who love working out either. I do it because I have to which is probably whats makes it so hard for me. Walking and bike riding are both great exercises. In the fall I will be much more active because we will hike more. Right now it is just too hot to do that.

  2. Walking is always a good thing, even if it’s just around the neighborhood. Working out shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun; so when I’m in the mood I dance or do aerobics that I enjoy.

  3. When I’m lazy I try to go for an hour long walk during the day, and just my night stretches at night. If i’m not in the mood I just try to do something relaxing!

    1. It’s so hard when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to do it. Although I admit it is not hard to find a reason not to workout some days.

  4. Me too! Me too! I have to do my workouts first thing in the morning – before my brain wakes up and starts making excuses!! I have started just jumping out of bed to go workout WITHOUT looking at my phone! (phones are such a time-suck for me!!) Also, we live in a 1-bedroom apartment, the living room is my workout space AND my husband’s office in pandemic life, so I HAVE to get my workout done BEFORE he starts his work day in the same space. That’s a good motivator for me!

    I like to mark my workouts on a calendar – it lets me see what I’ve accomplished and have a visual reference of all the time I’ve committed to it. The last two months, my goal has been to workout every weekday (because I already know weekends are rare for me to workout). And THAT goal kept me going some weekdays that I might have felt lazy. I DID miss 2 weekdays – around my period – but I have to listen to my body (when it’s not just whining and complaining in general).

    I like seeing how far I’ve come even this year. January and February – I had ZERO workouts. ZERO. ZIP. ZILCH. I couldn’t find my motivation and was just blobby and lazy. In March, a friend and I agreed to workout 3 days per week – which was a reasonable goal and on those days that I wanted to skip, I knew I had committed to her and didn’t want to let her down.

    Also, I found workouts I love! I mostly do home workouts via youtube – and there are SO many choices. I did for years because I loved that I could search by time, body part, intensity, etc. Then I tried a few others – some I loved, some were blah. Then I found Sydney Cummings and her youtube channel – and she’s more athletic and it pushes me now. But the times I am most consistent are when I LIKE the trainer, know the workouts will be challenging but not crazy impossible, and when I PLAN the workout ahead of time! Currently, I’d doing a 90-day workout plan and she adds a new video each day, so I just go find it and do it. When I used Fitness Blender, if I wasn’t doing one of the programs (which I recommend because they’re great) – then I’d at least go schedule my video for the next day so I could just wake up and do it (not wake up and try to figure out what to do).

    Best wishes on lazy days, strong days, and all the days in between!!

    1. Thank you so much Liz! The lazy days are the worst but the good days are so worth it. I listen to my body as much as I can and I’m certain this is something I will always struggle with but I won’t give up.

  5. I am so lazy to work out too. My dog helps me walk more though because I know she loves to walk so I go to make her happy and in the end its best for both of us.

  6. I have always felt like this. There are days where I do not want to workout so I just stay in bed. I am always like, well I can do it another day, but then that.. even throws off my days. I get up and push myself. I try to be the better person I was yesterday or 5 minutes ago.

  7. Honestly, I almost never WANT to do it, and I almost never feel up to it. I feel a heck of a lot better when I do it and finish it. Discipline, and sticking to a routine, are important. Here’s Jocko Willink’s take, from Discipline Equals Freedom:
    “I don’t like procrastination. But if you feel like you need a break — that is one thing you should procrastinate.
    Taking a break is the one thing I put off until tomorrow.
    And if — when tomorrow comes — you still feel like you need rest or you need a break — then go ahead: Take it.
    Chances are you won’t — you won’t need that rest.
    Chances are you will realize that the desire to rest was just weakness — it was the desire to take the path of least resistance — the downhill path — the downward path.
    And by going through the motions, you overcame that weakness.”
    (For the full chapter, in Jocko’s own impossibly hyper-tough-guy voice:

  8. Such a great post — and it really speaks to me. I find motivation the hardest thing! And you are so right, if you think about it, you can always come up with tons of excuses! So a schedule and no thought works for me too. I also tell myself I’ll regret it more later if I don’t do it and that is usually true because I feel guilty then.

    1. I am so thrilled that this post has resonated with others. It truly makes me feel like less of a failure knowing that other people are int he same boat as me.

  9. When my gym was open it was easier to push myself to leave the house and get to it, now that everything’s been closed since the end of March with no end in sight I’ve found it harder and harder to stay motivated. Taking a walk with a friend or doing a weight lifting challenge has helped a lot. I know it’s not the best for my mental health but scrolling fitness gals on instagram definitely motivates me to get off my butt!

    1. They help motive me as well. Here we have a walking trail that cuts through town. Prior to Covid you would not believe the number of people who complained about how much the county spent on it. It was barely used. Now, the busiest thing in town is that walking trail. Doesn’t matter what time of the day it is there is always someone on it now. If possible set a daily or weekly walk with that friend. Get out into the fresh air and remember that while things seem bleak at the moment they will get better.

  10. I have Hashimoto’s disease which gives me major fatigue most days so it’s always a struggle for me. Luckily I have my daughter as my motivator. Even though she’s only 13, she will suggest we go on a walk around the neighborhood or do some light yoga together because she knows I need it but wouldn’t do it without her.

    1. It is wonderful that you have her to help motivate you. That is certainly something special and I am so happy for you. Just take it one day at a time and keep doing what you are doing.

  11. I normally do cardio and HIIt workouts but when I feel too tired to do them I just walk for about 30 minutes. I think that’s better than skipping a day.

    1. I do my best to walk everyday but some days I struggle more than others. I love that you manage to get something in each day rather than skip. That is my goal.

    1. That is a great attitude Richard! Sometimes we focus too much on what we didn’t get accomplished that we fail to see all the other things we did. Three days a week is better than none and those three days mean you were out there giving it your all.

  12. My daughter really helps keeps me motivated when I’m feeling lazy. We often go walking together and it makes staying active a lot more fun for me.

    1. I love that you have that Donna. I go out and walk with the kids some days so they can get out into the fresh sunshine but I do the biggest portion of walking on my own. It’s a little easier when I don’t have to chase them down.

  13. I need to work out but right now I just do not have enough energy or so I think, to get myself off the couch. I did walk on the beach yesterday but that was rare. Need to motivate myself.

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