7 Tips of Motivation to Get in The Gym
When it comes to fitness, there are tons of excuses we can make that, unfortunately, hold us back from excelling.
I understand that it can be extremely difficult to find the motivation to show up several times a week to put in the work.
If you’re married, you may think you have no one to impress. If you’re rich, you may think you’re going to live longer than someone poor. If you’re busy, you may think fitness won’t affect the way your days go.
Here are 10 tips to motivate you to go to the gym:
1. Schedule your workouts.
It all starts with writing it down on paper and developing a plan. Without a workout plan in place, you’re never going to be consistent (I know from experience).
Start with one day, then two days a week, and gradually increase until you can find your perfect balance.
2. Watch motivational videos.
YouTube is an excellent resource for workout motivation. A lot of the life lessons said in these videos come from a place of love and inspiration.
Without motivational videos, I would have never been motivated enough to work out at 6 am.
3. Set some goals.
It doesn’t have to just be a weight loss goal. There’s so much that goes into losing weight so I stay away from that. Instead, set goals for being consistent with your plan weekly. You can set benching goals, dumbell goals, and squat goals.
There are so many ways to set goals and measure your progress. Without progress or results, you’re going to feel far less motivated to continue going.
4. Work out with a friend or family member.
The fitness journey can be really lonely when you do it alone. Many people perform better when they’re held accountable. Showing up to the gym with your friend makes you accountable to him or her.
If you don’t show up, you not only let yourself down, but you let them down, and nobody wants to do that.
5. Purchase workout apparel you’re proud to wear.
No one needs to spend more than $200 on workout apparel. I have found that when I look my greatest (apparel-wise) I work out much more confidently and consistently.
It’s like the saying in sports, “when you look good, you play well”. Reward yourself by gaining muscle, cutting weight, and purchasing solid workout clothes you’re proud to rep.
6. Share your fitness on social media.
Although there are some rude individuals on social media, it’s a great resource for motivation and inspiration. Many people have been in your shoes and know what to say and how to keep your head up.
Surround yourself with as much positive energy as you can to keep the fitness goals rolling and the results coming.
7. Avoid comparing yourself to anyone else, especially at the gym.
It’s so easy to have low self-esteem at the gym when you aren’t in your best shape. But isn’t that the point of going to the gym? To get in shape and improve your health?
So the next time you see the strong male or female absolutely killing it, remember that it’s a journey and you have to put in the work. It’s not a competition. You’re on your own path, not theirs. Focus on you and only you.
Fitness can be a daunting activity to add to your schedule. But I’m telling you, if you can practice patience and consistency, you’re going to experience life in a whole other light.
The little things stop bothering you as much. Your energy levels will be much higher. You’ll look better, feel better, and perform better in anything that you do.
As long as you stay the course, you’re going to get everything you want and more.