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7 Ways To Beat Workout Procrastination

We can all admit that there are certain things we ‘put off’ doing in our lives. Whether you’re a frequent gym user, or new to working out, we all have those days where we just can’t be bothered.

Here are seven handy tips to keep you motivated and help overcome workout procrastination.

  1. Set small achievable goals

    A great way to keep motivated is by setting achievable goals. Trying to achieve a massive, unrealistic goal in your first week of exercise can be incredibly overwhelming and quickly lead to a feeling of failure. Whatever goal you set, keep it small and increase it gradually week by week. This way, you’ll avoid overdoing it and burning out.
  2. Stick to a schedule

    Make a habit of working out at a specific time and day. Making exercise a non-negotiable item in your schedule is an easy was to crush your workout procrastination. Treat your workout as if it were an important business meeting that you must attend.
  3. Just start with 10 minutes

    The ultimate workout procrastination excuse is “I just don’t have time”. On those days that you feel time-poor, simply commit to a 10-minute session. You’ll often find yourself going beyond this and before you know it, you’ll have smashed out a 30-minute session.
  4. Find something you enjoy

    We all have different workouts and exercises that we enjoy. There’s no point in planning a 40-minute session on the rower if it’s your least favourite form of exercise. You’ll spend the entire week putting it off. Instead, incorporate something you really enjoy into the end every workout. It’ll give you something to look forward and help beat procrastination.
  5. Find a personal trainer

    Training with a personal trainer is a great way to eliminate those procrastination excuses. They’ve heard it all before, and know how to motivate you to push past those self-imposed limits. Working out with a trainer provides accountability, so even when you don’t have a session, you know your trainer will be asking if you’ve completed your workouts for the week.
  6. Exercise with a mate

    You can’t hit the snooze button if your mate is already waiting for you at the gym. We all have those days when we just can’t be bothered, but if you have a friend to keep you accountable, you’ll be much less likely to skip the session.
  7. Reward yourself

    It’s important to recognize your achievements no matter how small. Did you workout as often as you said you would this week? It’s time to celebrate! Try to avoid food-based rewards by choosing something that compliments your goals. Book yourself in for a massage or go buy those new training shoes you’ve been eyeing off. 

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