It’s the start of a brand new year and you know what that means, right? It means that for many people, it’s a start of pumped up gym workout sessions full of excitement and anticipation. Too bad it doesn’t last for most people. Getting fit is again in the top 3 of this year’s list of resolutions. It’s not surprising since exercising is good for your health.
You know the routine, get motivated and excited to get on your new fitness regimen, religiously workout for a couple of months as your motivation starts to drop due to lack of expected results or getting bored of the same routine, and then one day, you decide to skip a workout which eventually leads to skipping an entire week, then 2 weeks, then a month and before you know it, it’s the end of the year and you reset your fitness goal and start all over.
Not everyone does this of course but many people do. But why? A big part of it is a lack of motivation. Reasons come up. So what do you do? Here are 3 tips to help you out.
1. Have a Workout Partner
Having someone to help keep your accountable can give you that extra motivation you need to get to the gym on those days where you’d rather just do something else or stay in bed. If you’re a competitive person, having someone to compete with can also help. If you don’t have anyone to workout with, having a trainer can help as well.
2. Commit to Going for 3-6 Months
Instead of aiming to workout for the rest of your life, set a goal of working out consistently for 3 to 6 months. Here’s why:
Solidifies the habit of working out
Easier to mentally accomplish than “forever
Short term goal to reward yourself when completed
If you want to be able to go to the gym without much motivation at all, you need to go often enough that it becomes a habit. When it becomes a habit, you don’t need much motivation to get to the gym. If anything, NOT going to the gym will be the struggle. That’s the key to going to the gym and working out without constantly having to motivate yourself.
The people who have been going to the gym for years don’t need motivation to get to the gym. They may need motivation to hit that last rep on that last set but to get to the gym is a piece of cake for them since they’ve been doing it for so long. That’s where you eventually want to be. When it’s time, you just go. Excuses don’t even have the time creep into your head and even if they do, they don’t have the strength to stop you.
3. Change Things Up
Even if you don’t have much of a problem getting to the gym, workouts can often become boring and this can cause you to lose interest in working out all together. This is why it’s important to change your workouts every now and then. Not only will it keep things refreshing and interesting, it will also help give you better results since your body tends to adapt to exercises quite quickly and buy changing up your workouts here and there, it’ll prevent your body from stagnating.
If you’re only focused on having enough motivation to make it to your next workout, here are some other motivation tips.
Music – Play your favorite motivational songs to help get you in the right mindset.
Log Book – Keeping track of your workouts and the progress you make can help motivate you to get back to the gym in order to beat your personal records.
Get Plenty of Rest – When you have enough sleep, it’ll be easier to want to workout since you’ll have the energy. Lack of sleep can cause you to feel tired and unmotivated.
Eat Healthy Foods – In order to reach your fitness goals, you can’t neglect your diet. In fact, it’s more important than working out. Not eating right will only slow down your results as well as make you more tired and unmotivated.
Watch motivational video like this one
No matter how much you plan or how determined you are, there are going to be days where you just won’t feel like going to the gym. Skipping a day every now and then won’t do much harm, just don’t let it become a habit. On days where you just can’t seem to find the motivation to go to the gym, at the very least, you can do some exercises at home. Do some push ups and jumping jacks. Or, plan to go to the gym and only do a half workout instead of a full workout.
The key is to get your mind and body to compromise. Okay, so you don’t want to go to the gym and do a full intensive workout, how about just doing half a workout or maybe doing light weight today or doing some home exercises? Anything is better than nothing.
When all is said and done, whether you follow through on your fitness goal or not, you’ll be the one who will live with the consequences. If you’ve been okay with quitting and starting over, stop being okay with it. Demand more from yourself than you’ve been demanding in the past.
Pretend you’re your own employee and you have to pay yourself a high salary. Are you going to let yourself slack off and not get the work done? If it helps, treat your fitness goal like a job where if you don’t follow through, you’ll get fired. If the thrill of success doesn’t help motivate you then use the fear of failure and pain.
You know what motivates you and what makes you lazy. Do more of what motivates you and avoid getting into situations that make you too lazy to take action when the times comes to follow through on your fitness goals.
Make this year the year where things start to change for you.