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How to work out when you really don't want to

How to work out when you really don’t want to

We all know we have to work out a few times a week. Sometimes it’s just so easy to spring out of bed, run round the block, go to the gym after work, all armed with a green smoothie, protein bar, and a smile on your face.

There are also days when all you want to do is lie down and catch up on Netflix. It’s all about balance.

Lucky for you, there are tons of lazy workouts moves and mini routines you can have up your sleeve for such spells. A shorter workout, or a low-intensity one, is WAY better than skipping it altogether. These tactics aren’t for everyday exercise, of course the best results come from a proper routine. They are super handy for those lazy days when you simply can’t be bothered to workout, but you might as well.


What’s best for lazy workouts? Cardio or strength?

When you think of your best workout, it was probably a session leaving you red, sweaty, and feeling thoroughly accomplished. If you aren’t really feeling it, high-intensity workouts or cardio classes completed half-heartedly can be detrimental to your progress and motivation. When you’re feeling like this, it’s best to do a routine that’s low-intensity, but gets that whole body burning.

A great way to do this is to practice your push-ups. Most people think push-ups are solely working the upper-body. Actually, a push-up works your core and lower-body way more than you realise. You work your pecs and triceps as well as your abs and glutes. To do the perfect push-up, you should concentrate on engaging your core, pulling your belly button up towards your spine.


The same idea applies to planks.

This pose is the move for firing your core, as well as engaging your shoulders, arms and back. Try a 60 second plank on a lazy day, and you’ll reap the benefits when you come to your full-on routines.

If you aren’t a plank fan, try out yoga or wall sits. Your goal here is to find a pose that engages your core and hold it for as long as possible. This is actually a pretty solid workout as it stretches your muscles and helps to increase blood flow. Check out our community group for some handy form perfecting videos.

What if cardio is more your thing? Apply the 10 minute rule. Go for an easy pace run – if you feel motivated after 10 minutes, carry on for another 10, and so on. If you’re not, turn back and go home. At least you’ve done 10 minutes of cardio, and you haven’t bummed yourself out over a bad session!

These techniques for lazy workouts are ideal for days when you aren’t really feeling it. Need more motivation? Try our new fitness plans – we’ve got everything from race prep, toning up, building strength for any level. Check it out!