We all know working out is important and something we should do regularly. But it isn’t not always easy to stick with it. Here’s a few tricks to help you stay motivated.
1. Join a gym
… But not just any old gym. You have to find the right one for you. It may take you a few [free] classes to figure out what works for you. There are so many gyms out there and several apps to help you find them. A lot of places will offer a free class, or even a free week of classes, so you can get a feel for it before you make the commitment. Test out a few, or join class pass to have access to a ton of gym choices! By joining, you’re making a physical commitment, but also a financial one. That monthly auto-draft helps to motivate you to get in and get your money’s worth! Speaking of money motivators, most gyms also have a cancellation policy. If you cancel within a certain time-frame or just straight skip your workout, you’ll be charged. I don’t know about you, but I’d much prefer to burn calories and not my hard-earned money!
2. Make friends
By building friendships within your gym, you’ll have built-in accountability partners. Whether it’s just you and a friend joining a gym together, or making friends with someone who is always in the same class, or even if you just getting to know the staff and trainers better, cultivating your own fitness community is huuuuuge. These are the people who will text you, “What classes are you going to this week?” or “Let’s do the Saturday morning class then grab a coffee after!” These are also the people who are going to kindly and playfully tease you with a “Where have you been?!” when you’ve fallen out of your routine.
3. Track your workouts
If you have an ounce of competition in your bones, any type of fitness tracker is the a must. Similar to choosing the gym, you’ll have to find the tracker that’s best for you. There’s plenty of options out there, each with their own benefits. I have previously used a Fitbit, but have become a big Apple watch guy. I’m certain I haven’t learned of all it’s bells and whistles yet, but I absolutely love what my Apple watch has done for my workout motivation. I am able to set goals and track my calories burned, exercise minutes, and standing hours each day. As someone who sits at a desk most of the day, I love the feature that reminds me to stand up. Another favorite Apple watch feature, competing with my friends! We have a little too much fun with the hilarious reply messages, but it is also so motivating to keep up with my active friends. Last but not least, tracking your workouts will help you set future goals. Burned 378 calories in today’s class? Cool. Tomorrow’s goal is 400.
4. Dress to impress
Deion Sanders once famously tweeted, “U look good u feel good,u feel good u play good,u play good they pay good,they pay good u live good,u live good.” Find a flaw in that… I’ll wait. Now, I’m not saying you have go out and buy the most expensive workout clothing. What I am saying is wear something you feel good in. I know you’re probably thinking, “Why would I care what I look like if I’m just going to get sweaty?” But, I promise you, if you put together a great outfit, you will always feel better no matter what the occasion. I love putting on my favorite leggings, a cool tank, and some fresh kicks and walking into the workout like I’m going to own it. I don’t know why, but IT WORKS, people.
5. Remember why you started
Each of us has different whys, but we all have at least one. Remember that why. Say it to yourself every day. Write it on your mirror with lipstick. Post-it note it to your car, your desk, your gym bag. Whether you started to lose weight, gain muscle, build your confidence, find a hobby, combat an illness, get a revenge body (yes, that’s a real thing), something motivated you to begin your fitness journey. Remind your self of that reason on the days where you’re just not feeling it. You will regret skipping a workout a heck of a lot more than just getting in to the gym and sweating it out.