Staying Motivated at the Gym

Staying Motivated at the Gym
Can you believe it’s March already? This year is flying along and with most people back in full swing, your 2020 News Year’s resolution of hitting the gym may seem like a distant memory. If you can feel your motivation for getting to the gym slipping, you’re not alone. But don’t get disheartened, there is hope! Follow these simple tips and you will be back on track and on your way to achieving your 2020 fitness goals!  

Get the support you need

Find a friend, family member or even a colleague to work out with. Working out with a friend can be a huge motivator when you’re not feeling up to hitting the gym or exercising. Knowing that someone is counting on you to show up can really help you stop hitting the snooze button or get you off the couch. Having a workout buddy with similar goals can help you stay motivated in the long-term. You can motivate each other, share tips, push each other and celebrate your progress together. A little friendly competition can also be a great motivation boost. Whether you are trying to catch up to your friend or stay in front, a little competition can help get you out there and continue working towards achieving your fitness goals.  

Consider changing your routine

Doing the same exercises and routine over and over can become boring very quickly. To spice up your routine, ask a trainer for some good alternatives to swap out. This way you’re still working towards your fitness goals but your routine and exercises will become more varied and interesting. Plotting out your routine ahead of time can also help you stay motivated. Try alternating routines and substituting new, fun exercises. It also helps to review your routines and check off what you have achieved. This way you’ll get a better sense of what’s working for you, what you enjoy and keep track of what you’ve accomplished. It’s also great to have a fitness plan. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining muscle, increasing your fitness or a combination, it helps to have a plan on how to get there. Reviewing your progress and monitoring your success can be a powerful motivator to keep you going.  

Cut back a bit

If you’re really dreading your next gym session, it’s okay to cut back a bit. Try something new and reduce the amount of time you’re spending at the gym to avoid dropping it completely. And when you’re feeling better you can always start to build up your time again. You can also try different exercises outside the gym like bike riding, running, swimming, tennis or joining a group class. This can help put the fun back into your workouts. If you’re feeling tired and sluggish before a workout you can also try a pre workout, like Optimum Nutrition - Gold Standard Pre-Workout and Cellucor - C4 Original, and if you’re feeling burned out, try protein after your workout to help with recovery and muscle growth, like EHP LABS – OxyWhey or Scivation - XTEND PRO Whey Isolate.  

Consider getting a trainer

While getting a personal trainer might add to your costs, it can really help you achieve your goals. Trainers can be great support and can encourage and motivate you when your enthusiasm is waning. Trainers are also excellent for teaching you the safest ways to use equipment, staying injury free and avoiding burnout. A trainer will also provide you with a variety of workouts, a personalised plan and challenging routines to help you achieve your fitness goals faster without you losing interest or getting bored. If you are struggling to get to the gym a personal trainer is a great way to reinvigorate your workout, and you can schedule them for as long or short as you want.  

Change into your workout clothes

As simple as this one sounds, changing into your workout gear as soon as you get up in the morning or when leaving work can really help get you to the gym. Research has shown that looking the part can have a positive impact on your behaviour. So if you are in your workout gear already, even if you don’t feel like going, you are much more likely to get to the gym, just try it!

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