How To: Stay Motivated At The Gym
First year of high school first semester, I went to the gym almost daily because it was less than a 5 minute walk. But as I got older in the school and moved further away from the gym, I began to make more and more excuses as to why I couldn't go on a regular basis.
Honestly, those excuses were total BS.
And in the past 2 months, I have consistently been going to the gym (except for special occasions) and have found a way to stay motivated in always pushing myself to go.
So if you are in the same boat as me, whether you want to be healthier or just lose weight, check out the tips below!
Have something interesting to keep you preoccupied.
I used to watch Netflix TV shows while I worked out. But then I discovered podcasts and realized that podcasts held my attention better, especially because I didn't have to keep looking at my phone.
After switching to podcasts, I realized that going to the gym became a lot more exciting, because I was looking forward to listening to my podcasts every day.
Have small goals but...
keep the bigger goals in mind.
Starting to go to the gym with just the mindset "to lose weight" is too broad, and you will realize soon enough that losing weight isn't as easy as you think it is. In previous times, I would begin to feel more and more discouraged as I realized that going to the gym wasn't getting me anywhere.
But then this time around (which, by the way, is about the 3rd or 4th time I've told myself to become a gym rat :P), I realized that I gotta find smaller goals to fix on.
Of course, the ultimate goal for me is to lose weight. But for me, the smaller goal is to go to the gym every day and make it a habit. Having that goal in mind pushes me every morning to get out of bed.
Slowly build up.
If you haven't been to the gym in awhile, don't suddenly tell your body to do an hour on a treadmill with no breaks.
I had previous experience of occasionally doing the elliptical for one hour periods, so it was easy for me to go back to that habit immediately. But even then, I had to take it slow.
Slowly build your stamina up, and then add more and more machines/exercises. For me, after about a two week period, I started adding the treadmill to my routine, and found that I could run for longer periods of time after that initial build up.
Drink cold water.
I don't care what anyone says, drink water. But drink cold water.
I've tried drinking warm/hot water, and it doesn't work. When you are working out, your body is already hot and sweaty, and having cold water available will make you want to hydrate more because it will cool you down.
Everyone's body deals with working out and losing weight on their own, so don't compare to what other's are doing, or how quick they are doing it.
For me, it took almost an entire month for me to see any physical difference, and another month to see a bigger different in my strength.
Don't look at your numbers.
This is very similar to the goal thing in the top, but slightly different.
If your goal is to work out at the elliptical for an hour, don't stare at your timer. The more you watch, the less you will feel motivated, because time will start to feel very slow.
While I say don't look at your numbers, I think there is a benefit to looking at it occasionally to see how you are progressing.
For example, in recent days I've tried to burn 10 calories/minute on the elliptical. In order for me to achieve that goal, I have to pay attention to time. Because I'm personally setting myself a smaller goal (10 calories/minute), even though I'm looking at the time I'm not looking at it in a way that makes me ask 'why is it going so slowly?!' but instead in a way that pushes me harder.
I am by no means a health nut, or a gym rat. But I do know that I want to feel great, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally.
So these are the tips I've been using myself to keep up almost two months worth of daily gym going, and it's been great. I have no intentions of stopping anytime soon either.
If you are a regular gym goer, what do you do to stay motivated?