Monday, September 2, 2019

7 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Go To The Gym

Can’t seem to find the motivation to go to the gym? These 7 tips could help to give you the incentive that you need.
Choose the right gym
First, you need to be certain that you’ve chosen the right gym. A lot of gyms have free tasters or tour options that can allow you to tell if a gym’s facilities and clientele are right for you. There are gyms catered to young people and gyms catered to older people, gyms dedicated to serious gym-goers and those that are more basic. Only by trying different ones can you decide which one is best for you.
Stick to a schedule
It’s good to establish a weekly training schedule in which you train on certain days at certain times. Without this, you may find that you’re more likely to put off going to the gym. Choose days and times that suit your lifestyle and that motivate you (some people find it much easier to work out in the evenings, whilst others are more motivated in the morning).
Wear the right clothes
It’s important to feel comfortable as you exercise. For some people, this can involve looking good, as well as feeling good. Consider buying some sportswear to help motivate you. Having the right sports bra and footwear could also be important for keeping comfortable.  
Find an exercise buddy
Some people feel more motivated when training with someone else. It can be a chance to socialise, plus you could feel that you’re letting your buddy down by not going. Try to find someone of a similar fitness level as you.
Consider hiring a personal trainer
A personal trainer can also help to provide motivation. They may also be able to put variety into workouts whilst still helping you work towards your fitness goal. Most gyms have personal trainers working there who you can talk to. Every trainer is likely to set different rates and some may specialise in certain areas of fitness such as weight loss, strength training or endurance running.
Record your progress
Recording your progress allows you to see how far you’ve come, whilst also helping you to set micro-goals each week. Apps are a convenient tool for recording progress and may even allow you to time workouts and measure steps (using wearable tech you can also measure your heart rate). Alternatively, you can keep a written personal diary or blog. Some gyms may even have machines that record your progress for you.
Reward yourself after exercise
Giving yourself something to look forward to after the gym could also spur you to go. Some gyms have spa facilities such as a sauna or pool – you could treat yourself to this after your workout. Alternatively, you could allow yourself a foody treat (providing it doesn’t contain so many calories that it undoes your workout).