Do everything you can to make exercise nice for you. Do not beat yourself up. Do not berate yourself.
I make my workout joyful. I don’t count reps, I just turn on music and do some weight lifting. I say to myself, “Okay, do squats for this song.” I listen to a song I love and start the move. If I am miserable because it ended up being too long of a song, I stop. I might stretch a little while the song finishes, or I may just sing along or whatever.
I don’t workout to the point of misery because I want to workout for the rest of my life. And I know my human nature, which I value, will rebel against that misery and I won’t want to workout at all anymore. So, instead of punishing myself, I congratulate myself for working out.
And some days, I feel stronger than others- don’t you? So why would I predetermine reps? I workout with weights a couple of times a week and every time I do, I go with the attitude of- work hard, but not so hard that I am unhappy.
I taught aerobics and spinning for 15 years- I understand the value of working out and pushing yourself, so don’t get me wrong. I just noticed that those who work out at reasonable levels work out consistently. Those who go crazy working out, burn out.