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by Casey McIlvaine

Working out is something we all have struggled with from time to time. If we’re too tired, or “don’t have enough time” we simply run through our heads the millions of excuses to try and make ourselves feel better.  You have probably heard them all yourself. These are struggles many deal with when trying to maintain an exercise routine. Falling off the bandwagon a few times is nothing new, so in an effort to avoid the spiral downfall and abandonment of all your hard work here are some suggestions that will get you back in the gym, accomplishing your workout goals.

Make sure you are realistic. Set goals that are achievable, if you set unrealistic goals you are setting yourself up for failure. This can cause your motivation to be thrown off therefore affecting your whole workout regimen. Let’s say the scenario goal is weight loss of 50 pounds. This goal may seem very steep, especially in the beginning, so break that goal into smaller ones. This way it makes it more feasible to accomplish and a whole lot less overwhelming.

To begin, start by establishing your goals, and try to work out in the morning. “Studies show that morning exercise gives our mind and body a boost, keeping us active for hours after our work out.” Statistics show that 90% of people who work out in the morning stick to their exercising regimen. Working out in the morning will also give people that sense of accomplishment because they have achieved their goal before the start of their actual day.

Planning your workouts in advance is a great way to save time. This way you are prepared for what is about to come and know exactly what to do. Having the mindset of knowing what needs to be done and accomplished will help you become focused in your daily exercise routine. Also, when planning your workouts, you want to make sure you have a full variety of exercises. It is normal to become bored with your workouts, resulting in a lack of commitment. Repeating the same exercise allows your muscles to become “immune” to the workout. This makes it very difficult to make your trained muscles become sore and this decreases the challenge. So, mix up your workouts, not only for your sanity but to continue to challenge your muscles.

These are just a few tips to help overcome your workout obstacles. Your mind is your biggest enemy to the success of your health. Be sure to focus on that half hour or hour a day you workout and give it all you got. Motivation can come from within so constantly remind yourself how important your well-being is and start overcoming your workout obstacles today!


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