The hardest part of exercising is not doing the activity; more often than not, it is getting started. Physics dictates it takes more energy to put an object that is at rest into motion than it is to continue the action once it has begun. It is only natural this applies to exercise as well.
Is it because of motivation (or lack of motivation) exercise is so difficult to get stuck into? To be more specific we are talking about the long-term. Anybody can go for a walk or a run, or a one-off workout without much difficulty. Advising people to exercise because it will burn fat and make them feel better, can often be enough incentive to get them moving. But getting them to repeat this, and exercise at least three times a week, every week – now that is a task easier said than done.
Is it challenging, however, to make time to exercise at least three times a week? Unless you are part of a minority of individuals, you most certainly have the time and the ability to do this. But you may still struggle, despite this being your intent and something you are fully capable of doing.
Could your struggle be due to lack of motivation? You may think you do not have any motivation, or what you do have is insufficient. Perhaps: but it could also be for other reasons. Motivation is a big one, though.
If your drive to exercise is at a peak, you are going to make fewer excuses. When you do make excuses, however, you will be quick to overcome them. You will go out of your way to workout – even unreasonably so at times. But at least you will be exercising. You can always dial it back a notch if it begins to overwhelm you or take over other parts of your life.
In contrast, not exercising at all poses serious consequences. If you feel your motivation is lacking, you need to ask yourself why you want to exercise, to begin with. In reality, this is an unnecessary question. You ought to exercise for your well-being. It is a necessity. Maybe you don’t realize it yet, or don’t want the benefits of physical activity badly enough.
We cannot convince you to exercise. But maybe we can assure you it is wise not to wait until it is too late to realize you should. It needs to be a part of your life, albeit a small part. Again, three times a week is enough for most people. No need to get crazy.
Build some motivation for yourself by realizing the necessity of exercise. You have more to lose than to gain by being inactive.