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5 WAYS TO STOP SKIPPING WORKOUTS

Thursday, 9 February 2017


How many of us swore at the start of the year we'd start getting fit and working out? And how many of us did the same the year before? And how many of us are actually making good on that promise? Chances are that percentage dropped from the first to last question. Getting yourself to start moving and get your sweat on can be really hard. It's much easier to stay at home on the sofa binge watching your favourite show (not gonna lie, I do that too) than to whack on the lycra and hit the gym. So I've made a list of tips to help keep you motivated to workout and meet those fitness goals!



Turn Up The Tunes


Sometimes you're just really not in the mood to workout. You're tired, a bit grumpy, and just not feeling it. My advice? Crank up the music. We all now how good music can make us feel, so make yourself a workout playlist of your favourite up-beat tunes, and turn up the volume when you're having one of those 'I really can't be bothered' kind of days. More often than not, you'll improve your mood and feel ready to lace up those trainers. Keep up the music if you're trying to get yourself to the gym, and by the time you get there you'll feel pumped and ready to go. Music is also a great way to keep you going throughout your workout, and can make your session fly by, so be sure to keep the tunes going to see you through.



Buddy Up


Okay, I know this isn't exactly a new concept, but it's definitely one that works. Having a friend there with you makes working out more fun, and really keeps you motivated (one of my friends and I usually spend the whole time talking about where we're going for lunch after the gym and what we're going to have, which definitely helps the motivation). It's also a great form of support, as your friend can help push you to the end of that difficult set, which you might have given up on if you were on your own. Not only that, but having a workout buddy will help keep you coming back for more time and time again. Often, I'm the more motivated one who keeps dragging my workout friends back to the gym. If your friend rings you up excited for the workout session you're going to have, you're less likely to cancel and spend the day in bed instead. You won't want to let them down, and they won't want to let you down, so you'll keep each other going.



Create a Routine


Just like I know when I'll be having my morning coffee, I know that, at a minimum, every Wednesday and Thursday evening I'll be hitting the gym. I find that creating a workout plan is a great way to make sure I get my exercise done. Now if I skip those workouts for one reason or another, it feels quite odd. Setting up a time and day for your workouts can help to make sure you get them done. It's especially useful if you've got a busy schedule, as you'll know that the 2 hour slot you have free on a Friday afternoon is going to be your only chance to squeeze in that workout. Do this often enough, and when it comes round to your workout time, your body will be ready and raring to go.



Set Realistic Goals


If you know that there's no way you're going to hit the gym 3 days a week and go for a run on the days in between, then why are you telling yourself it's going to happen? If you know you're not going to be able to do it, there's no point in pretending you are.  If you're not doing regular exercise already, then start by aiming to do one workout session a week. Then when you're consistently smashing your goal, up it to two times a week and/or increase the intensity of your workouts. Set realistic fitness goals, and you'll feel good about achieving them, rather than feeling down because you haven't managed your impossible ones.



Reward Yourself


Sometimes I just really can't be bothered to workout, so I use this little trick, and it's great motivation. Telling myself that if I get through this workout I can have some of that ice-cream in my freezer or curl up in my pyjamas and watch an episode of one of my favourite shows really pushes me over that finishing line. So the next time you're thinking about skipping that workout or quitting halfway through, give yourself something to look forward to when your workout is done. Don't do your workout? No reward for you! Step away from the freezer...




Hopefully these tips will help you guys start meeting your fitness goals and getting on top of your workouts! How do you keep yourself motivated to workout? Let me know in the comments...
23 comments on "5 WAYS TO STOP SKIPPING WORKOUTS"
  1. Such a great post idea, Charlotte! February is definitely the month when motivation to work out starts to dip, but with these top tips, everyone will be feeling super inspired! I definitely agree that blasting the tunes and having a friend to encourage you are really motivating!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Abbey! And I totally agree, February seems to slow everyone down again! Thanks for the comment 😘

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  2. Love this post!

    I've struggled a bit this year, as my daily life is jam packed and have only found my motivation for the gym is in the morning. I need to find my rhythm again for sure.

    Great post and welcome to the blogging world! x

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    1. Thank you! I can never get myself to the gym in the morning, I love my bed too much! I'm a bit of a night owl so find I have more energy for it in the evening. Thanks for the warm welcome!xx

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  3. I really needed this. I haven't worked out this whole week because of lady business, and I feel so blah now. I find what really gets me going is the rewards. I have so many beautiful things I want to buy myself, but I'm only allowing it if I achieve fitness goals. Solid advice here!

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

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    1. Lady business always brings my workout plans to a halt! Hit it hard next week and buy yourself something pretty after 😘 thanks for the love!

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  4. I need all of the tips in this post right now! My motivation to hit the gym is waining most days. Love the rewarding idea - I've told myself that if I manage to go to the gym 3 times a week for the next 4 weeks I'm going to treat myself to a new pair of Lululemon leggings. Double win because when I get new gym kit I'm so much more motivated to go. Great advice!!

    Jess xx

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    1. I'm always more motivated to hit the gym when I buy new gear too! Hope you smash your goal so you can get those leggings, and thanks for the comment!xx

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  5. These were so helpful - I really need to get my butt in gear and actually start working out! It would be so beneficial to me but I can just be so lazy. My issue is definitely setting unrealistic goals, which I'm going to try and change!

    www.loulabellerose.com

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    1. I can be super lazy too, sometimes I physically have to drag my butt to the gym 😂 thanks for the comment, and good luck with the goals!

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  6. Hi, some great tips here. For me my routine has not been good lately as a result attendance at gym classes has reduced. I find having a gym buddy helps a lot because you can't have an excuse when someone is relying on you, Chloe #TeacupClub

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    1. Thank you! I think having a friend to workout with is definitely one of the best ways to get motivated

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  7. This post is exactly what I needed! I haven't been to the gym for a really long time! And even when I was going, I was always looking for an excuse to skip it. Great tips! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

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    1. I know the feeling about looking for an excuse to skip the gym, my car was out of action for a week so I just didn't go to the gym instead of walking or getting the bus there 😂 thanks for the comment!xx

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  8. I always say I'm going to but never do. I used to and I agree inused to turn up the tunes and buddy up

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/21st-birthday-haul.html

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    1. I literally can't workout without some tunes blaring! Thanks for the comment xx

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  9. My life's pretty packed this year, but I'm quite proud to say I've been keeping my gym routine going for over a year now. It's still often a struggle, I don't think it ever gets easier, but doing classes with other people definitely helps my motivation.
    There are definitely benefits as I think I'm generally happier going to the gym and like you say, treats don't make you feel so guilty 😉

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

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    1. Well done you! I think you're right, no matter how long you've been doing it you're always going to have those days where you really want to stay home and be lazy. Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Absolutly love this post! I always think rewarding yourself is the best and to buddy up for support and motivation. I also think maybe getting yourself new gym wear can work 😊
    www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. Totally agree about the gym wear! Thanks for the lovely comment!

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  11. I absolutely hate working out but I do it because I need to. I think cute workout gear is a great motivator, too!

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. I hated it when I first started but now I actually really enjoy it 😂 thanks for the comment!xx

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  12. These are some great tips, especially about partnering up with someone. I find that really helps in getting you to leave the house in the first place.
    I only tend to go a few months of the year to the gym, when I have an event or holiday coming up! Terrible I know but it works out alright.

    Lovely post though (:

    Alys
    www.alysgeorge.co.uk

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