Many of us know that working out can benefit both our mental and our physical health in so many ways, yet we still struggle to actually go to the gym. Don't get yourself down, though. We have come up with a few handy tips on how to get motivated again and make the journey to the gym and utilise it to the max.
Working out with someone isn’t simply more entertaining – it’s also much more motivating. It is harder to skip the gym when you’ve agreed to go together with a friend. Moreover, the workouts will most likely seem less hard too when you do them together with someone, as chatting can help time fly.
If you are unable to find yourself a gym buddy, consider hiring a coach instead. Sure, this might seem a bit pricey, but a coach can check on you and if you decide to skip training - you’ll have to explain the reason to them. So if this motivates you to show up to the gym without skipping a day, this will be totally worth the price.
It’s hard to imagine something more discouraging than the inability to reach a certain goal for months. However, when it comes to workouts, this sometimes happens - not because we don’t try hard enough, but because we set goals that aren’t very realistic. It’s impossible to get a six-pack after two months of training if you aren’t fit enough already, but not all of us actually know that when we start working out.
Consult a coach or a more experienced friend to make sure that you set realistic goals and don’t get discouraged.
Working out is a process. Your body does change, but it does so slowly, and sometimes it’s impossible to notice these changes when you see yourself in the mirror every day. That’s why it’s so important to track your progress in a way that seems the most suitable to you.
You can take before and after pictures, track weight and measurements or simply install a habit building app that will require you to track each day spend in the gym. Everything is fine as long as it keeps you motivated.
While the little details of a workout aren’t always enough to motivate you, they still matter a lot and can become a source of additional inspiration. Create a nice playlist filled with your favourite workout songs or buy yourself new gym clothing. Most likely, this alone will help you feel much better and anticipate your next workout a bit more.
Not all of us actually choose a gym because they like it – some make their choice because they want to save money and some simply pick a gym because it’s close to their work. However, when you don’t like the gym you have to go to, you’ll most likely end up skipping your workouts more and more.
Remind yourself that your health is worthy of a proper investment and pick a gym you’ll enjoy going to.
Sometimes it could be hard to find time for a workout when other plans pop up. Moreover, it could also be hard to keep track of how many gym days you skip when you don’t have a clear routine.
Making a gym schedule will help you set your priorities right, planning your gym days in advance.
If you don’t like working out, every gym day might seem like a struggle to you. You have to balance this struggles with rewards to ensure that you’ll keep your motivation up high.
Reward yourself with something big for reaching another fitness goal or for not skipping the gym for a month. Or, if every gym day feels like a small victory to you, settle for smaller and more regular rewards instead to make the process more bearable.
Remember that motivation is not only about getting yourself to go to the gym – it is also about building the right attitude. Hopefully, if you follow these tips, you’ll find it easier to work out regularly and start enjoying the whole process much more!