Whether you’re sweating it out in a hot yoga class, beating feet on a long distance, or powering through a high octane spin class—the urge to quit will likely crop up if you feel like you’re hitting a hard brick wall. But rather than simply throwing in the towel, it is possible to see your workout through if you scale back your speed and intensity until you get your mojo back.
Here are eight effective tips for beating the urge to call in quits on your workout…
1. Ban Negative Self-Talk
It’s easy to get down on yourself if you feel exhausted 10-minutes into a run. In fact, Tamar E. Chansky, psychologist and author of the book, Freeing Yourself From Anxiety, claims that negative self-talk over the long-term leads to heightened stress levels and depression. When we use negative self-talk (i.e., “I’ll always be out of shape”), our mindset and attitude toward the activity at hand suffers. Luckily, the opposite is also true—if you ban the negative and focus on the positive (i.e., “This makes me feel great”) you’ll stay encouraged and be less prone to calling it quits.