Once you accept yourself for who you are, you can start to work past it. “I’m lazy. I like being lazy. I will probably always be lazy, but I can still be healthy. Lazy people deserve fitness too.”
Bribes are amazing — just ask anyone who owns a dog or a toddler — and the effectiveness of bribes isn’t limited to those with as-yet-undeveloped brains. If I know anything about lazy people (and I think that I do), it’s that the right bribe can get just about anyone to the gym.
Take coffee. Coffee and lazy people are like a match made in heaven, which, in turn, makes coffee the perfect bribe. The process is simple: don’t let yourself drink your morning mocha until after you exercise. Finish your workout? Get a coffee. See? Couldn’t be easier.
Make it a quickie
Shorter may not always be better, but when it comes to the length of a lazy person’s workout, short is good. In fact, it’s perfectly fine to stop aiming for a 30- or 60-minute workout.
Instead, carve out a few 10-minute “fit breaks” throughout the day.
Go for convenience
Not everyone is cut out for home-based workouts. If you know you have to head out the door to break a sweat, the gym you choose absolutely must be convenient. If you’re already having a hard time convincing yourself that a 45-minute cycling class is worth putting on pants for, in what world do you think you’ll be more likely to attend if you have to drive 30 minutes to get there? There’s no way any lazy person worth his or her salt is going to add an hour-long drive to a class that’s over in less than 60 minutes.
If all else fails, just stand up. Seriously, your couch isn’t doing you any favors.
Some people say dog owners start looking like their dogs; I say there’s a direct correlation between how much time someone spends on the couch and how much she looks like it (i.e. big and a little fluffy).