If you workout at the gym, you undoubtedly have had mornings or after work experiences just not having the get go to find the motivation to get out the door and make it. Guilty!
It always feels worse when you skip a workout and feel guilty you did not go. Or you are now stressed with finding the day or time to get in the missed workout. That is the pits. So why put yourself through the guilt? Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to break a habit. If you have 27 dedicated successful attended workouts you will set yourself up with a good fitness regime from the start. Check out this article for more information on habits at https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/02/how-long-it-takes-to-form-a-new-habit/
With 3 simple tips, you can set yourself up for success and keep your fitness goals in check.
- Layout your workout gear the night before. Sounds simple right? It is. However if you don’t you might find excuses like not having clean socks to wear or not finding your earbuds and so on to keep you from going to the gym. Trust me this works!
- Fill up your water bottle or coffee maker. Sometimes just knowing I can have a cup of coffee waiting for me when I get ready is motivation enough! Fill your water bottle the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.
- Have an accountability partner. Yes. This person does not have to workout with you ( although that is even better) but someone who will check in and be sure you are out the door and encourage your fitness goals.
I know once I actually get there I am so much more motivated and ready to get it done and always feel more ready to start the day once it is over.
That being said, we all have days when skipping the gym is a good idea. Those would be when you haven’t had enough sleep, you are emotionally drained from a personal issue or experience or when you don’t feel like you will have enough time to make it obviously. Self care should always go above your ab workout!
Having a back up plan is also good. I have some pieces of equipment at home such as free weights and a heavy bag for days when I don’t have as much time or prefer just not to leave the house. Whichever kind of day you have, keeping good habits and utilizing tips as I have shared can help you stick to your fitness goals and reap benefits.
These are just 3 quick ways to help get you to the gym but I know their are many more! What tips do you use to motivate yourself to get to the gym?