You want to lose weight, tone up or add exercise into your weekly routine. You set your New Year goal, and go sign up to the gym. On the first day, it’s tough to get through the workout, but you leave feeling good. But by the time week one is over, you already are struggling to go back.
So how so you stay motivated to keep going to the gym?
Know that showing up is half the battle. Getting off the couch or heading back out after a long day of work is the hardest part, no matter how hard the workout is you have planned.
Once you are physically there, start by warming up. Even if this means extending it to be a longer, 15 minute treadmill brisk walk, by the time you are finished you just might be pumped up and ready to go.
There are some ways that can help you make it to the gym. These include:
- Packing your workout clothes to take with you for after work
- Waking up early to get your workout in first before you start your day
- Making plans with a “gym buddy” at least once a week for accountability
- Checking out the free classes that may be included in your membership
Simply adding some new workout clothes to your wardrobe is enough to boost motivation. If you are excited about and feel good in a new gym outfit, chances are you will head to the gym to go show it off—even subconsciously.
Set up a reward system like splurging on a new pair of Nikes if you keep up gym attendance up for one month.
Plan in advance what days you are going to the gym to avoid giving yourself an excuse not to go when something comes up. This also means that you won’t have to feel bad for hitting up that happy hour if you know you worked out the day before and have plans to workout the next day.
Also have set days for set body parts of parts of the gym. For example, Monday is arms, back and abs, and Wednesday is legs, butt and abs. Or maybe you will use the elliptical one day and the stationary bike the next time.
Give Yourself A Break
There will be times when you just can’t or don’t want to go to the gym. It’s okay to have a day off or few. Just make sure that you get back at it. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you do need a break. Give it to yourself, especially if you earned it for two days after a killer sweat session.
Getting fit is a journey and a lifestyle. It’s all about healthy balance.
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