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6 Ways To Get Motivated Again To Go To The Gym

Posted by Mike Yuen on

 

1. Commit to Your Schedule

Say you want to work out 4 times a week. Look at your calendar for that week and see where those workouts will fit in the best. Then, make a commitment to sticking to it!
An exercise study showed that a big obstacle to maintaining regular exercise is being able to fit it into your schedule. Make these commitments with yourself unbreakable.
You can have some variety, so one day a week you might have an early morning workout. Another day that week, you might fit it in after work.

2. Update Your Gear

Maybe you’re not up for working out because your workout sportswear is from the dark ages. If you go to pull out a t-shirt for your gym workout, and it’s full of holes or from a college party, it’s time to re-do your sportswear wardrobe.
Think of getting new sportswear as investing in yourself. How often do we make sure our living room is state of the art, but we don’t put any time, energy, or money in our personal effects?
And if you get a new workout outfit, it can make you more motivated to get moving.

3. Expand Your Horizons and Seek out Variety

Your brain craves variety. If you are stuck in the same old workout routine, it might be time to stretch yourself.
When it comes to exercise, many of us are creatures of habit. We head for the same class at the gym, log the same workout on the elliptical trainer. Sure, regular exercise is good for you, but it’s also important to vary your fitness routine. Your body — and brain — will reap benefits when you try new activities.
There are numerous benefits to mixing up your workout routine. It’s the key to stimulating different muscle groups and preventing boredom.
Even if the new thing you try is challenging, give yourself some time to stick with it enough to see if it might be for you.

4. Make Small Commitments

A lot of people struggle to exercise because they choose big, massive, overwhelming goals. It’s nice to be ambitious, but when you throw too much at yourself at once, you’re only setting yourself up for failure.

Instead, start with smaller goals to build momentum and confidence, and then give each one 100% effort. 

Other great bite-sized goals include:

  • Running at a certain pace
  • Losing your first 5 pounds
  • Lifting a certain weight
  • Cooking a certain number of meals per week at home

 

5. Use Music to Motivate You

Spend some time creating a great workout playlist. Think about what songs make you want to kill it in the gym! If you hear that song, you just can’t sit still. Use those. You can create multiple theme playlists to spark more creativity and fun in your workout. 

6. Reward Yourself

You probably know smaller goals are better than trying to move hypothetical mountains. Once you actually achieve those small goals, it’s important to reward yourself for your hard work. Treat yourself with some cool new workout clothes or watch your favorite Netflix series.

Just make sure your reward doesn’t undo the health improvements you just made (That means limiting the candy reward after each tough workout!). Rewards make fitness more fun, positive and motivating. Plus, the right incentive might be all you need to achieve incredible results.

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