Even the most ardent exercise enthusiasts will struggle with motivation from time to time - and if you do feel that your interest is waning a little, it’s important to remember that everyone will feel like this at some point.
There are lots of little tricks you can employ, however, that will help you fight through the mental block you might have about exercising to get to the gym, even on days that you don’t feel like going. Once you’re there, you’ll likely find that your motivation returns and you get a great workout in - but often the hard part is actually getting there in the first place.
First of all, decide what you’re going to do the night before you plan to go. This will help you ready yourself mentally for your training session and will help you keep your focus. You may even find yourself looking forward to it, able to get going as soon as you hit the gym floor.
If you’re not sure what you want to do upon arrival, you may procrastinate while there and this can have a big impact on how you feel after your workout. A clear idea of what you want to do and what you want to achieve can help you feel motivated and on point.
Another top tip is to invest in some lovely gym clothes that you enjoy wearing, that you feel good in and which you look forward to putting on in the morning. Laying your clothes out the night before can also make it easier for you to get up and get going.
Training as early as you can in the morning is another really easy way to stay motivated. The earlier you can train the better, in fact. By getting it done first thing, you set yourself up for the day and you don’t have to worry that you’ll be too tired after work to train effectively.
And, of course, you can really help yourself stay on track with your fitness goals if you find yourself a gym buddy. A friend to train with means there’s someone there who can encourage you on days where you simply don’t feel like going - and you can return the favour.
It can also help give you more confidence if you’re new to a gym environment, as gyms can be a little intimidating if you’ve never really trained in one before.
Finally, you may also want to consider finding yourself a personal trainer. This is a particularly good tip for those of you new to gym training, as you may not know how to use certain pieces of equipment or how to practise good form.
Signing up with a trainer for eight weeks will give you more in-depth knowledge about how to train safely and you’re more likely to stick with it if you know what you’re doing and feel confident. When you start to feel stronger and more in tune with your body, you’re sure to want to carry on exercising more regularly, even when you really don’t feel like doing it.
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