Let me guess, at the beginning of the year or at the end of 2017, you made a New Year’s Resolution to go to the gym more and on January 2nd you marched into your gym of choice and signed up for a membership. The true test is, 3 months later, are you still in the gym? Or is that gym taking that monthly payment of your account for no reason or you canceled your membership on February 1st once you realized you in fact were not about that gym life?
Normally, this is the part where I’d say me too, right? Well no, not me too. I’m actually an avid gym workouter (haha, I believe I just made up a word, but who’s checking for me?) In January I worked out 26/31 days. In February, I was a little burnt out from working out so much in January, so the first couple of days in February, I didn’t work out, however I did workout 23/28 days. In March, I worked out 28/31 days and so far this month of April, I’ve worked out everyday. Below are ways that I’ve stayed motivated to continue working out and to workout as hard as I do:
Document your progress. I took pictures one a month so that I could see my progress. When you see the progress you’ve made through pictures, it is a motivation to keep going and keep pushing. You see that the working out that you’ve done, has been working and you want to keep going, so you do. You don’t have to take a picture every month, but taking a picture every couple of months and seeing the transformation is also encouraging!
Find a Gym that Fits You. I got to Planet Fitness and sometimes I’ll go to the gym at my apartment complex. Sometimes, Planet Fitness is too crowded and my anxiety doesn’t allow me to be around a plethora of people and sometimes my gym at my apartment complex can be filled with people and I need to go to Planet Fitness. I know I’ll workout harder if I actually go to Planet Fitness. However, outside of Planet Fitness or maybe if you don’t have a home gym or your apartment complex doesn’t have a gym, there are a lot more gyms to choose from. You have to decide what is best for you, is the price right? Do they have the machines you’re looking for? Are they 24/7, 24/5, etc.? Make sure you do research and visit different gyms to see what is right for you. Your surroundings will definitely play a big part in how often you’ll go to the gym.
Pick a schedule. Pick a schedule and stick too it!!! I go to the gym after work 5 days a week. I get off at 3:30pm and I usually get to the gym around 4:15pm. That is my time and I stick to it. A couple of times, I’ve gone home to take a nap and then ‘try’ to go to the gym. Sometimes I go and sometimes I don’t. However, when I pick and stick to my schedule, I know that I’ll continuously go! Some people are morning people or have more time in the morning before work to go to the gym, if that works for you, stick to it!!
Find a eating plan. MEAL PREP! MEAL PREP! MEAL PREP! And I say this, because it is so easy to get off track or not feel like coming home to cook so you end up stopping by a fast food restaurant. However if you meal prep, you won’t be tempted to stop somewhere because you know you have that meal prepped at the house. I typically meal prep breakfast and lunch and I’ll cook dinner and have the leftovers for the next couple of days. This was definitely hard, especially since I loved myself a 4 for 4 at Wendy’s!! But I’ve winged myself off of it and have not had fast food since February!
Get you a gym playlist. Find songs that gives you the motivation to workout and create a playlist. Spotify is a really good app for creating playlist. I have my very own gym playlist that you can listen to here and sometimes I’ll find playlist that others have created for the gym on there! But a good playlist will always keep you motivated and going in the gym.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SLOW PROGRESS IS BETTER THAN NO PROGRESS. Always remember that everyone’s body is different. Some people lose weight faster than others, etc. It’s also all about trial and error. Trying out a meal plan routine and/or workout routine may not work the first time, but a different plan may just work for you. Keep trying and keep pushing.
What keeps you motivated in going to the gym?