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It’s often easy to talk yourself out of doing a workout – even when you have every intention of doing it! The weather is bad, you’re too exhausted or you just don’t have the time. Does this sound familiar? Use these tips to keep you feeling motivated when it comes to fitting in a workout!

Do it for yourself

If you’re constantly looking for validation from others for being a gym freak, you won’t end up sticking with it. Being internally motivated, instead of externally, will motivate you to keep working out because you will be doing it for you.

Take baby steps

No one is going to wake up and run ten miles when you’re only just starting to exercise properly. Don’t overdo it – you’ll end up feeling discouraged which stops you from wanting to carry on.

Keep pushing through

Every single time you step on the treadmill or go running around the block it requires a lot of stamina and practice. If you stick to your fitness routine, it will feel like it’s getting easier every time and you’ll get the hang of it.

Make it interesting

The key to exercising consistently is to keep things interesting by switching up what you do and by working the various muscles in your body.

Don’t be hard on yourself

Work within your limits and gradually work your way up to make yourself stronger. Don’t be too harsh on yourself when you’re working out – it will start to feel like a chore and you won’t get any satisfaction from it.

Bring a friend

Having a workout partner can steer you in the right direction when you’re starting to lose focus and motivation. It’s easy to say you’ll go to the gym tomorrow instead if you only have to take yourself there, but if a friend is meeting you, you won’t bail out.

Show the clock who’s boss

We should all be trying to exercise for the recommended 30 mins per day, 5 times a week. However, if you can’t do 30 minutes in one go, try breaking up exercise into smaller chunks throughout the day.

Get used to it

Exercise should be a habit just like brushing your teeth or eating your breakfast in the morning. When something becomes an everyday habit, it is a lot harder to avoid – start working out every day and you won’t even be thinking about having to work out by the second week as you’ll just be doing it!

Live in the present

If you had a difficult week or you lost track of your diet over the weekend, don’t worry! Think of today as a chance to start a fresh. Never think that just because you have had a few naughty treats that you can’t get back on track.

Be realistic

Realistically, you won’t lose 20 pounds in a week. When you put too much pressure on yourself to lose a certain amount by a certain time, it can prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals as you will be disappointed with what you haven’t lost. Be realistic with your workouts. Instead of working out for just two days, try working out for three and build up from there.

Track it

Keep track of what you have achieved no matter how big or small. When you can visually see your progress and how far you’ve come since starting your fitness journey, it will motivate you to keep going.

Celebrate!

It takes time to notice a difference or change in your body shape. Even if you only lose one pound or gain one pound of muscle, celebrate it all! Go out with friends or go shopping for a new outfit! Anything to put an extra spring in your step after a great workout.