Stay Motivated to Exercise with These 9 Tips
Some days it's hard to get off the couch. These easy mental tricks will help you stick with your workout routine.
- Never use the fact that you missed some workouts as an excuse to not workout. (That is, never say to yourself, “Well, screw it, I haven’t worked out for two weeks, so what’s the point—I’ll just quit.”) This is one of the single most important tips. Viewing your workout as a lifelong practice, not as a temporary thing to “get in shape” helps with this.
- Set a weekly goal for number of workouts and keep it in your mind as you map out your calendar. Say you want to workout four times a week. By Thursday night, if you’ve only worked out once, you know you have to workout three more times by Saturday at midnight—you have to. In talking with others I know who have made fitness a part of their lives, this idea of a week-by-week goal that starts anew each Sunday is a shared idea.