5 Surprising Things That Are Holding You Back from Working Out Every Day

5 Surprising Things That Are Holding You Back from Working Out Every Day

Taryn Williford
Jul 11, 2016
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Ask anyone who frequents the gym in January: It's really easy to stay on track with your fitness plan... at the start. The hard part is sticking to your workout regimen day after day after day.

If you're finding it hard to get back on the treadmill, it might not be your fault! There are some bad habits that could be holding you back from being a lean, mean gym-going machine.

Things like...

Taking On Too Much

Don't jump into the deep end when it comes to workouts. Start small, talking yourself into just 20 minutes of bike riding, to start. Once a week or two have gone by with a perfect attendance record, then amp up your workout plan.

Sticking to the Same Routine

To establish consistency in your workout plan, you might actually need a little variety. Avoid getting burned out with one activity and switch it up on occasion, like taking a Taylor Swift-themed spin class across town one afternoon a week.

Not Scheduling Your Workouts

If your plan is to work out during your lunch break or when you leave the office, pencil it in as an appointment on your calendar (especially if your colleagues can see when you're free or busy). Scheduling your workout makes you much more likely to stick to it, and keeps other tasks from getting in the way.

Blah or Worn Out Workout Clothes

Looking good means feeling good. If, every once in awhile, you need a new tank top or patterned leggings to get you excited about showing your face at the gym, that's a small price to pay for a motivation boost.

Working Out Every Single Day

Follow me here: The idea that you have to work out every single day might actually be holding you back, in a way. Inevitably, you're going to miss a day – because you're busy or sick or because your best friend snagged Beyoncé concert tickets – and when that happens, you shouldn't let it throw you off the wagon. Realize that working out most days is enough.

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