1. Give yourself permission to be less than perfect.
There is no such thing as a perfect record of exercise.
2. Know that tomorrow is a new day.
Just because you didn’t exercise today doesn’t mean you’ve blown the day or the week.
3. Focus on what you have done instead of what you haven’t done.
Congratulate yourself for going to the gym yesterday instead of beating yourself up about not going today.
4. Remember this quote:
“Perfectionism doesn’t make you perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.”
5. Be your own best friend.
What would you tell your best friend who was frustrated because she didn’t make it to the gym today?
You’d probably say something like “It’s ok. You can go tomorrow”. Tell yourself the same thing and get to the gym tomorrow.
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