Skipping a workout every once in a while is okay. When you’re hurt, ill or feel fatigued, it’s best to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. But making excuses to get out of every other sweat session may be an indication that your motivation has lost steam. Try these strategies to reboot your mood.
Skip the all or nothing thinking. Doing something is better than doing nothing at all—it doesn’t have to be either/or. On the days when you’re just not into exercising hard, go to the gym and run at a slower pace, or lift lighter weights. You’ll feel good about yourself afterward. It works for me.
Be a Role Model. Accountability is one of the best ways to stay motivated. By vowing to set an example for your family and friends, you’ll stay focused and dedicated long-term. And be sure that they hold you to your word.
Map Out a Plan. Another way to keep your head in the game is to set a series of goals for yourself: Run an extra mile, lift heavier weight, or make it through an entire aerobics class without stopping. By moving from one accomplishment to the next you set tangible markers of your success and remain encouraged to keep going.
Alfonso Moretti, Jr., aka “The Angry Trainer,” has been a certified personal trainer for 20 years. He is also a nutrition consultant. You can follow him on Twitter at @AngryTrainerFit.