How to Motivate Yourself to Go to the Gym
Ready to pump some iron and sweat it out?
A lot of people never feel up to it, but going to the gym benefits your overall life. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes a week of exercise. By making a plan—and following through—you’ll feel better, sleep better, and live a happier life.
Here are 10 tips for keeping yourself motivated to go to the gym.
Weigh it out before sweating it out with this guide.
1. Dress for Success
Even if you don’t feel like going to the gym, dress for it. After all, the clothes sometimes make the woman. Our beautiful brains even recognize when we’re wearing certain outfits and react with corresponding motivation.
If you’re lacking the motivation to go to the gym, grab those yoga pants or sweats and your favorite “Namaste in Bed” tank top.
Your favorite fitness outfit will fuel your ambitions to get off the couch and hit the gym instead.
2. Use the Buddy System
Choose someone reliable to hold you accountable. Making plans to hit the gym with your best gal pal will make you feel like you have to go. A joint workout with a friend is more fun, anyway.
When you associate working out with a fun experience, you’ll feel motivated to hit the gym in the future.
Knowing someone’s counting on us also makes us less likely to skip a day.
The buddy system can motivate you to give your workout a little extra push, too. Seeing a girlfriend choosing heavier weights or trying new equipment will give your next workout the drive you need to succeed.
After your workout, head to a juice bar and catch up. Reward yourself after a hard workout to celebrate each other’s progress.
3. Plan Ahead
Aimless gym visits can make it difficult for you to track your progress and achieve your goals. Instead of walking through the gym, unsure of what to do, plan it beforehand.
First, determine your goals. Are you trying to bulk up or improve your overall health?
Do you want to increase your endurance to prepare for a marathon?
Once you know your goals, you can create a workout regimen to achieve them. Having a plan in place can motivate you to work up a sweat specifically for the purpose of achieving those goals.
Sweat never sounded so sweet.
4. Go Early
It’s easy to talk yourself out of going to the gym after a long day of work, frustrations, and exhaustion. Instead, lace up those sneakers first thing in the morning.
Exercising in the morning can give your body a jolt of energy to get through the day.
We get it; getting up early to workout doesn’t sound appealing. Remember your goals, set your alarm, and establish a rhythm. Once it’s part of a routine, it won’t feel like a challenge.
5. Break the Routine
Okay, so we just told you to establish a routine. That’s to get you to go to the gym. Once you’re there, mix up your workout.
The same exercises over and over again can get boring fast. To avoid the monotony, change the routine.
You can switch between arm and leg days, but you should also change the exercises, too. Ask someone at the gym to teach you some new moves or try a class. If the new workout doesn’t work out, you can always switch back to your old routine.
6. Imagine It
Close your eyes, take a breath, and imagine your goals becoming a success.
Whether it’s changing your appearance or improving your running time, picture it. Imaging it can prepare yourself mentally and physically before you set out to make it a reality.
If you’re having a difficult time motivating yourself to go to the gym, imagine yourself there. Before bed, picture yourself getting dressed, lacing your sneakers, and pumping those weights.
Remember, every time you go, you’re one step closer to achieving your goals!
Come on ladies. You’ve got this. Pretty soon, you’ll see the reality of your goals staring back at you in the bathroom mirror.
7. Remain Realistic
Yes, it’s important to set goals to give yourself direction.
Setting the heights too high can stress you out.
Dropping 30 pounds in a month isn’t healthy. You also won’t fix every health issue after a week at the gym. These goals will only leave you feeling disappointed.
Make sure you set achievable goals (and healthy ones, too). Instead of overwhelming yourself, break your larger goal into smaller ones.
These milestones can keep you on the right track and set for success!
8. Remove All Obstacles
What distracts you or impedes your decision to workout?
Maybe you don’t like the class instructors or the drive to your gym is way too long. These problems are all excuses you can easily get rid of.
Start removing these obstacles and resolving any problems. Once you obstruct the path, you can go to the gym and achieve your goals.
9. Consider a Trainer
Sometimes we lack direction when working out alone. If you’re new to gym workouts, you might not know what you need to achieve your goals.
Consider hiring a certified instructor. Some gyms give you free access to trained professionals.
A trainer can teach you how to use the equipment, which exercises benefit different areas, and nutrition tips, too.
Ask about adding strength training to your gym routine. The Mayo Clinic suggests strength training at least two times a week. Try for 12 to 15 repetitions for each exercise.
10. Keep Track
You won’t know if you’ve accomplished your fitness goals without keeping track.
If you’re not feeling motivated to go to the gym, check your progress. Recognize how close you are to achieving your goals. Then, stick to it!
Sweat It Out: 10 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Go to the Gym
Ready to work up a sweat, ladies? With these 10 tips, you can motivate yourself to go to the gym and get a running start on achieving your goals.
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