5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Hit the Gym
Everyone falls into the rut of being too tired or too busy to make it to the gym every now and again. Life happens to everyone, we all understand, and it is completely normal. That being said, too many days of being too tired or too busy can easily turn your 4 day training regime into hitting the gym once every other week. Before you know it, you have now fallen deep into the hole of a motivation rut. While your mind may think you want to stay in that hole and spend your free time catching up on good ole fashion sleep, in the long run it is so important for health and well-being to crawl out of that black hole, no matter how hard it seems. Easier said that done? You’re right. But I’m here to share with you my five best tips and tricks to get motivated, and more importantly, stay motivated to hit the gym consistently. If you have read this far, congratulations… you are already one step closer to getting back into routine, and have earned yourself a chance to win a complimentary personal training session. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
Tip # 1 Remember the reason WHY you started with your active lifestyle in the first place. What was your goal when you began your routine? If you don’t think you had a goal, think again. There was definitely some very good reason why you wanted to join a fitness center in the first place. Was it for a sport, your physical healthy, your mental health, more than one? What was your drive that got you to walk through the doors on that first day? Now that you remember what that initial goal was, THINK about it. Did you accomplish that goal? Do you still have more work to go? If you’ve accomplished that initial goal, what could you do to go even further? Remembering the reasons why you started with your fitness lifestyle in the first place can be an eye opener and automatic inspiration to get back at it.
Tip #2 Try a new workout and have FUN with it. Nothing is worse than dreading your typical 30-minute run on the treadmill followed by the same weight lifting circuit you complete on a day-to-day basis. ACAC offers a huge variety of free group exercise classes every day, with everything from cycling and boxing to yoga and Pilates. The instructors always offer modifications and progressions to movements to accommodate those at different athletic ability levels. Everyone gets a great workout! If group classes aren’t your thing and your prefer exercising alone, find someone in a black or green shirt on the fitness floor and ask them to show you a new movement or two to add to your workout.
Tip #3 Find your time. If you’re anything like myself, I am a morning workout fanatic. Ask me to workout and be active in the morning and I am all about it. Ask me to workout in the afternoon or evening after a long day… not a CHANCE. Finding the time that your body is at its peak for exercise performance is crucial and may also help you to schedule your workout times more efficiently so they don’t pass you by.
Tip #4 always be prepared. Sleep in your workout clothes or have a gym bag packed and ready to go with all of your essentials for after work or school. Do whatever is takes to be prepared ahead of time. Being prepared eliminates the ‘before workout window’ which includes contemplation to workout at all, or to blow and off and “go tomorrow.” You are far more likely to workout if you do not have to think about it. Just get up, and GO.
Tip #5 Track your workouts. Take time to track your workouts so you can visually see when you have worked out, what new goals you can set based off of your current progress, and what you have already accomplished. When you are feeling a lack of motivation, you can flip back a few weeks and notice how far you have come along. Nothing is more motivating than self-accomplishment. You may not even realize how much stronger you have gotten until you have taken a peak back 3-4 weeks to see what you are doing now vs. then.
I hope my favorite tips for being motivated to hit the gym consistently have helped you find a way to motivate yourself. For a chance to win a complimentary personal training session, email me at Kaitlinj@acac.com with your number one tip to getting and staying motivated to workout consistently. A lucky winner will be selected at random to come in for a free training session to learn some new exercises to add to your routine.