How To Motivate Yourself Not To Skip Workouts

One element in your quest for better fitness that most people will struggle with at some point in time is learning how to motivate themselves to stick with it.  When you first begin, your motivation might be sky-high as you’re excited about all the positive changes that you’re about to undergo.

But as time passes on and results start to slow, that motivation may fall by the wayside.

Fortunately, with a few quick techniques you can increase your motivation back up again and see the results that you’re after.

Let’s have a quick peak at a few tips that you should know with regards to how to motivate yourself for your workouts.

Set Mini Weekly Goals

The first thing that you can do to motivate yourself to stick with those workout sessions is to make sure that you have some mini weekly goals in place.  When all you have is that long term goal at the end of the tunnel, it may seem like each individual workout really serves no purpose.  It doesn’t seem you’re moving that much closer and in a society where we’re all motivated by instant gratification, this proves to be a problem.

Setting weekly goals will give your workouts new meaning as each session counts.  Once the week is up, evaluate your progress and set some new goals for the week ahead.

Find A Workout Buddy

Another great way to learn how to motivate yourself for your workouts is to make sure that you find a workout buddy.  A workout buddy is someone that you can lean on during the difficult times as well as share the excitement when you do reach an important milestone.

Plus, having a workout buddy there with you will add a nice social element to your sessions, which definitely proves to be motivating for some.

Just be sure that you and your workout buddy are of similar fitness levels as this will allow you to connect on a much deeper level.

Ask, ‘What If I Don’t’

Finally, the last thing that you can do to help increase your motivation to continue is to ask the question, ‘what if I don’t’.

What if you don’t do the workout, what will be the price you pay?  Will you still feel self-conscious of your body?  Will you still be battling with high blood pressure or an increased risk of heart disease?  Will you still get winded each time you climb a flight of stairs?

Sometimes asking this question can help you put things in perspective and see just how important it is that you do get that workout session on.

Many of us know why we ‘should’ do it, but never bring to mind what will happen if we don’t.  That may just be what you need to do to get yourself motivated and moving forward again.

So there you have the main points to remember to learn how to motivate yourself to maintain your workout sessions.  Keep these in mind next time you feel like skipping the gym and doing something else instead.

[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”About the Author”]Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology.  In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 8 years now.[/stextbox]

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  1. Joey Monger March 25, 2012

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