How to Get Motivated to go the Gym

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I am a lazy slug, so it gets quite difficult to be motivated to go to the gym. Everyone is a lazy slug with his or her own reason to why he or she won’t go to the gym; some have a better reason than other. For example, I don’t want to go to the gym because it’s cold outside – yeah not so much a good reason.

Here are the hacks of gym lovers that allow them to enjoy exercising.

I am not a gym lover, but these tips push me to go to the gym.

1. Determine Why:

There’s no right or wrong answer with this, but let’s admit it – some people have a better response than others. I recommend you to sit down and honestly ask yourself why and don’t make up something that sounds good to the ear – genuinely give your sincere response.

For me, I go to the gym because my doctor told me my bad cholesterol level is rising – that’s all.

Asking why is more crucial then why not.

2. A Friend…Pal…Chum…Chip:

Find that one friend of yours who actually likes going to the gym or maybe another slug! You guys can pester each other to gain that motivation to go to the gym even when your mind yells at you to “Stay home and eat chips!” Once you get into that routine with your friend, the process gets really easy!

3. Realistic Goal:

So, I told myself I would get a six pack within a month – possible?

Perhaps.

However, let’s be real unless I have nothing better to do for the month and work out like nutso than I probably will get those packs – and I’m not talking about sodas…Get it?

Reader: “The crickets are extra annoying tonight.”

Me: “Anyways…”

Set smart goals for yourself works, where setting short-term goals may be better than long-term ones. I set goals for only that particular week – such as running a treadmill for at least 15 minutes. Simple, straightforward, and easily accomplish. For the rest of the hour, I can stretch if I choose to. You can’t walk into the gym and expect to run for a straight hour comfortably – build tolerance.

Set a realistic, timely and measurable goal; you will know that you will achieve that goal and feel positive emotions during the progress.

4. Join The Gym You Like:

Before you embark on the deadly journey of joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer, it’s important to peek past its wonderous gym barrier. Different gyms have a different environment and special offers. Famous gyms may not necessarily be the best gym for you. Reviews and recommendations from friends are great, but in the end it is up to you to choose what you feel comfortable with before making a long-term commitment because it can get expensive.

While you’re there, check out the equipment and ask how to use it. Speaking with the trainers at the gym can give you a significant insight on how that particular gym behaves.

Every gym I’ve ever encountered offered at least one free session with a personal trainer who will walk you through the equipment, answer any questions you might have, talk about your goals, etc. I highly recommend you take advantage of this free session. Ask as many questions as you need to, and don’t worry about asking “stupid” questions because there’s no such thing – maybe.

5. Reward Yourself:

Reward yourself for work well done, because it gives you something to look forward towards. I’m a big advocate of rewarding yourself when you reach a goal. I don’t care if it’s short or long term, big or small – rewards should come after!

It can be a new pair of running shoes, massage, jewelry…anything!

I recommend placing a jar aside then put in a dollar every time you go to the gym. At the end of the month, make it rain…or sprinkle.

6. Join A Club Or Class:

Fitness and clubs hold you accountable to your workout routine, increasing your motivation to attend, help you enjoy the act of exercise, along with maximizing effort and intensity. Joining up with like-minded people who share similar health and fitness goals are powerful – plus you have something in common to chit chat about. Perhaps, make some new friends. When you’re working out at home, you’re set on your own schedule where you’re more likely to slack off.

7. Enjoying your Workout:

It’s surprising how many people work out with equipment they dislike. You don’t have to do an interest work out for it to be effective.

8. Exercise At Different Times:

If you’re fortunate to have enough flexibility in your schedule where you can experiment different times of the day – I say, go for it. Majority of working adults have to work out either before or after work during the work week. For me, I work out at 7 pm after a brutal 12 hours shift 4-5 days of the week. During weekends, I do a light workout at home with weights and yoga. If you can, work out at different times increases your motivation to go to the gym, plus you’re body doesn’t get used to the same old routine.

9. Clothing:

When you look good you feel good – period.

If you want to wear those tight yoga pants because it motivates you to go to the gym more, then I say go for it!

See you at the gym – on a good and bad day!