I really want a nap. Several nights of less than stellar sleep or less than a few hours of sleep has caught up with me and I'm TIRED. And when I'm tired, my defenses are down and I eat like crap. Sugar....run, I'm heading your way! I need to put my son down for a nap right now and I'm actually procrastinating because I know I'll probably fall asleep with him and waste the afternoon.
What does ANY of this have to do with you? We've all had those days. We're tired. We're stressed. We don't feel 100%. Motivation is LOW. Whatever the reason, these are the days we have to dig deep and PERSEVERE.
I'm going to get my little monkey down and go running. It may not be the best run ever but any run is better than no run. And even though I'm tired, I am way MORE stressed and I know the run will feel good and I'll have more energy when I'm done.
Give yourself a 10 minute workout. It will boost endorphins, get your blood flowing and WAKE YOU UP. Then a few hours later, do it again. Repeat this all day. YOU'LL FEEL BETTER. And tackling several little workouts is not daunting when you're not feeling it. You're making a little deal with yourself - "Just 10 minutes. That's all you have to make it through."
I try to get up early (5a - 530a). It doesn't always happen (kindly reference the above mention of NO SLEEP). But when I do, the first thing I do is a stair workout. I don't run them (no coordination in the AM, I'd break a leg) but I do get my heart rate up. And climbing stairs burns twice as many calories as running because you're lifting yourself. So I read news, bookmark articles to blog about and share, send client communications, answer questions that came in overnight and start a little social media marketing. All while burning some calories. I go until I hit 300 calories. Why 300? Because it takes about 25 minutes. It's my deal with myself - it doesn't to be all out, heart pounding, muscles screaming cardio but my heart rate is definitely elevated and all I have to do is 300 calories. Plus I'm multi-tasking for work. Double bonus.
When I'm done with a workout, I feel GOOD. OK, mostly.....some of the long runs or really hardcore workouts kinda hurt. But those have a purpose too. I digress....I feel GOOD after a workout. Energized, awake, ready to go. Even the little short workouts that don't seem like they're doing much help. I'm actually more productive if I take a few minutes, run some stairs, then get back to work.
So go try it. Particularly if you're having one of THOSE days. Let me know how it goes. I'll be back after my run!