7 Effective ways to stay motivated to work out, backed by science

People who don’t exercise may be hindered by many factors. The good news is that even if you hate working out, it’s not hopeless.

Losing weight is one of the most common and most compelling reasons why people begin and continue to exercise. But despite wanting to lose weight, you may still find many reasons not to: the weather is too hot or too cold, you don’t have workout clothes, you’re too busy or too tired, and so on.

How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Only one – but it’s really expensive, takes a really long time, and the lightbulb has to really want to change. This is one of my favorite jokes from my days as a substance abuse counselor. It’s a playful way of illustrating the plight of affecting change in people and holds true with getting in shape. Think about how much money you’ve spent on diets, fitness classes and gym memberships. How many months or years have you dedicated to programs and routines only to yo-yo up and down or make no change at all? Are you waiting for the right trainer, workout or nutritional program to change your body without you truly needing to change yourself?

Breaking Through Those Dreaded Plateaus

There are two types of plateaus you can hit when in a fitness routine - weight loss plateaus and workout plateaus. Weight loss plateaus, while frustrating, are the easier of the two to overcome. Thus, let’s talk about how to break through a workout plateaus when your strength has stopped increasing altogether.

Reviving Your Workout For V-Day

The time of chocolate hearts and giant stuffed teddy bears has arrived. You may be struggling with how to keep your figure when so much temptation surrounds you. Getting and staying fit during this time of year can be difficult but with a little focus and determination anything is possible.

Monday Motivation

When I was a little kid, my dad had a coffee mug with a bunch of clever and silly sayings all over it. The one I most remember was “eat a live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” I remember thinking that was quite a funny albeit horrible way of making sure you had a good rest of your day! As I got a little older I began to realize it was more of a metaphor for not procrastinating.

You Can Do This

"In a recent goal setting session with a client I was reminded of one of the biggest reasons people fail to achieve their goals. As I was telling him about some of the things he would need to do in the coming days and weeks, he began questioning whether it would be possible for him to do those things.