Every New Year’s Eve, millions of people tell themselves that they’re going to start the new year off right with exercise. Every year by January 10th, a majority of these millions have already given up on their goals. Working out isn’t easy, and with busy work schedules and social lives, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get to the gym on a regular basis. Some of us may go for a few weeks at a time and then take months off before we dust off that old gym membership again. Exercise works best as a lifestyle choice, not as an occasional event. If you’re finding it nearly impossible to get yourself to work out, follow these 5 simple tips.
Start a Progress Log
Before you even make it to the gym for the first time, get yourself a notebook or planner and start an exercise progress log. Write down your goals for the day, week, month, and year. You can even write down the workouts that you plan to utilize to achieve these goals. Once you have an actionable plan to review, you’ll feel guilty if you don’t make it to the gym. If you can stick it out just one week, writing down your progress as you go along, you’ll gain the confidence and motivation that you need to keep going back. You can even add progress pictures to help inspire you. If it’s been a long time since your last workout, you’ll see noticeable results pretty quickly and this will be very encouraging.
Sign Up for Classes
Classes are a great way for beginners and fitness gurus alike to stay in shape, and nothing with motivate you more than knowing that you signed up to a commitment, especially if it is a paid class. Once you have a class on your schedule, you’ll be more likely to go, and chances are that you’ll enjoy it.
Find a Workout Buddy
This can be a friend, family member, or even a personal trainer. Having someone else to hold you accountable, and vice versa, will inspire you to get out and root each other on. If you have a commitment to go to the gym with someone, you are less likely to back out because you won’t want to feel bad that you ditched them. You can also help each other with new workouts and go out for some healthy food afterwards.
Get Some Home Equipment
While gyms are recommended because of the large quantity of equipment and amenities they offer, they can sometimes be inconvenient due to commute times or large crowds. If you invest in some basic workout equipment, it will be much easier to get yourself to exercise on a regular basis. There are even some excellent body weight workouts that only require, well, your body. If you can workout at home at least a few days a week, there is no excuse for failing to do so.
Give Yourself Rewards
No, we aren’t talking about eating an entire meat lover’s pizza directly after your workout (unless your workout was running a marathon). There are plenty of small, inspirational rewards that you can give yourself for completing a workout or reaching a new milestone. Maybe you’ll let yourself buy that new shirt you want or binge on your favorite Netflix series. However big or small the reward, there is value to be found in allowing yourself some simple pleasures.