7 Tips for Gym Motivation
GYM MOTIVATION TIPS
Thinking of skipping a workout? Or maybe you haven’t made the last couple of sessions at the gym? We’ve all been there. Sometimes, the hardest fitness struggle you’ll face is those moments of lethargy before a workout. When it comes to making that commitment to your fitness and health, motivation is the key. But before you skip that date with the gym, try some of these helpful tips for finding your motivation.
1. Set Goals
Start by setting personal goals. Write them down; it makes them feel more real. What do you want to see out of your fitness journey? Are you building strength? Speed? Endurance? Weight loss? Your goals should reflect the results you want. Start small with micro-goals. Each one you meet will motivate you to keep going!
2. Use Social Media.
Don’t be afraid to share your workouts and goals on social media. Posting when you’re at the gym or just finished an intense workout is a good way to increase your accountability for getting in that workout. (Who knows when someone might ask you about your gains?) It’s also a great place to track your progress. Positive feedback doesn’t hurt either!
3. Bring a Friend.
It’s cliché but it works. Studies show you’re less likely to skip a workout if you’re exercising with a buddy. Some people enjoy exercising solo (and that’s great too!) but for many, knowing that skipping a scheduled workout leaves a friend in the lurch is great motivation to show up.
4. Stop Focusing on How You Look.
It’s easy to get trapped in how we see ourselves. If you make your exercise routine about how you look, falling short of your own expectations often means losing motivation. Instead, try focusing on those smaller micro-goals along the way: a certain % of body fat, the first time you run an entire mile, or hitting a new max reps on a difficult lift.
5. Track Your Progress.
As we said above, a lot of times you can’t see the day-to-day progress in the mirror. That’s why tracking your workouts (and your measurements or body fat %) can be a much more comprehensive way of seeing the big picture. Keep a log. One of the best ways to motivate yourself is simply to see the difference from where you started to how far you’ve come!
6. Change It Up.
If your motivation is lagging, you might be getting tired of the same routine. If you dread doing a certain activity or exercise, find something that you do enjoy that achieves the same results. Hate running? Try an alternative for cardio! By switching things up, you keep your mind and your body invested in activities.
7. Reward Yourself.
Treat yourself! Maybe you’ve just finished an intense workout or you made a new milestone. You’ve worked hard so it’s time to reward yourself for it. It could be a smoothie after your workout or a long soak in the tub when you get home. Your reward doesn’t have to be food-related. What about some new workout clothes? Giving yourself a little treat after you’ve earned it isn’t a bad thing. It’s all about balance.