A workout at the gym is a great way to get in shape, improve mood, and lose weight. Going to the gym, however, can feel overwhelming and motivation may be lacking certain days. Carving out time within your schedule, pre-planning gym wear, and pairing up with a companion are ways to maintain motivation to work out. Setting goals as well as communicating these goals are additional ways to keep you heading back to the gym.
A workout at the gym is a great way to get in shape, improve mood, and lose weight. Going to the gym, however, can feel overwhelming and motivation may be lacking certain days. It is often easier to turn on the television set or computer than to head to the gym. When an extra surge of motivation is needed, there are ways to get the energy boost.
Take the time to pre-plan gym time into your regular schedule. Set aside chunks of time within your week, according to how many times per week you want to exercise. If you keep a day planner, write the time for the gym into specific days.
You may find it beneficial to schedule the gym time for certain days and certain times. After a few weeks, you will begin to associate the specific days and times with exercise. A routine will be created and you will be less likely to skip the sessions.
Treat workouts like regular appointments in your schedule. Give the gym as much importance in your day as any other written appointment. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of cancelling your gym time.
Pick Out Gym Gear Beforehand
The day before you plan to embrace the gym, pick out an exercise outfit for yourself. Put the clothes and runners in a place where you will see them the following day.
The task serves as both a reminder and motivator for the gym session. As the outfit is already chosen, the act of getting to the gym is now one step easier. Pack a gym bag along with the outfit if you normally carry other items with you as well.
Write down your end goal. What do you want to achieve by going to the gym regularly? For instance, write “to lose fifteen pounds” on the sheet of paper if that is your ultimate goal.
Plan out the steps to achieve the goal and include gym time in the plan. An example would be “go to the gym twice a week.” Be realistic in your goals as you are likely to become overwhelmed and less likely to stick with the plan if you make steps that are not easily attainable. The steps can be revised as you increase your athletic ability and increase your motivation along the way.
Post the sheet on which you have written your goals onto a wall in your home, the refrigerator, or other area where you will see the paper often. The paper will act as a reminder of your end goal. The words will help you stay focused and motivated to go to the gym as a way to help reach the goal.
Tell Someone Else
Tell a friend or family member about your goal. Show that person the paper on which you have written your goals to demonstrate that you are serious. Talking about the gym will motivate you as you are now kept accountable to somebody else.
Ask that particular person to check up with you regularly to ensure you do go to the gym. You will be less likely to skip a gym session if you know your friend will be phoning you that evening to inquire about the day. Avoid disappointing both yourself and your friend by going to the gym and you will be glad you did so.
Pair up with a friend or family member who also wants to work out at the gym. Perhaps the person you choose has similar goals to you. Motivate one another to keep with the goals and go together to the gym at the scheduled times.
If your friend shows up at your house Saturday afternoon ready to go, it is a lot harder for you to cancel the session than if you go alone. Gym time with a companion can also be more fun than working out alone. Motivation comes easier if you enjoy your time at the gym. Encourage one another to keep going to the gym.
Motivation can be lacking when you are faced with the decision of whether to go to the gym or do another task instead. Carving out time within your schedule, pre-planning gym wear, and pairing up with a companion are ways to maintain motivation to work out. Setting goals as well as communicating these goals are additional ways to keep you heading back to the gym. Achieve your goals and be proud of yourself with each accomplished step.
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