A personal trainer may be able to whip your muscles into shape, and a psychologist can help you work through your body image issues. But if you struggle to stay motivated to exercise, a few sessions with a sports psychologist may offer the most bang for your buck. Sports psychology is a specialized field that focuses on how to improve athletes’ well-being, training and performance from an emotional and mental standpoint.
As the saying goes, a large part of success is simply showing up. Yet some days just lacing up your sneakers can feel like a chore. Sports psychologists understand this; it’s something they even deal with themselves from time to time. We asked four of them to reveal their top tips for sticking with an exercise regimen despite feeling tired, pressed for time or (enter your excuse here).