I’m actually super excited to talk about this topic. Many of you know over a year ago, I started working out home but I’m not sure I ever dived into why I workout at home.
I also want to touch on how to motivate yourself with home workouts. I know how incredibly tough that sounds because when you’re at home, you just want to sit on the couch but it’s actually easier than you think — trust me! I was there before.
- Why I Workout at Home
- Tips to stay motivated to workout at home:
- Have I actually seen results from working out at home?
- 23 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
- How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
- 1. Surround yourself with motivational quotes.
- 2. Get a workout buddy.
- 3. Think about how working out makes you feel.
- 4. Set reachable goals for yourself.
- 5. Treat yourself to some new workout clothes and equipment.
- 6. Put your workout gear in a highly visible area.
- 7. Create a playlist to get you moving.
- 8. Tell yourself that you’ll do just a warm-up.
- 9. Imagine pictures of you when you don’t look your best.
- 10. Choose an exercise that is fun to do.
- 11. Strap a fitness tracker on.
- 12. Book a non-refundable fitness class.
- 13. Place your alarm clock away from the bed.
- 14. Lay out your workout gear the night before.
- 15. Take it one day at a time.
- 16. Make technology your friend.
- 17. Tap into your competitive self.
- 18. Follow a specific fitness program.
- 19. Join a 30-day challenge.
- 20. Develop a positive self-image.
- 21. Work out with a personal trainer.
- 22. Read stories of people just like you who succeeded in their goals.
- 23. Stay active by finding a hobby.
- 11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Go to the Gym
- Avoid the peak hours
- Purchase gym clothes
- Create a workout schedule and stick to it
- Pushing Yourself to Power
Why I Workout at Home
I was a studio workout whore. Plain and simple. I tried almost every studio workout there is out there. Pure Barre, , SoulCycle, OrangeTheory Fitness, Zengo Cycle, Barre Method.
What was the problem?
- I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted; each studio workout didn’t seem to offer anything that my body needed.
- They were EXPENSIVE.
- I hated leaving my house. Traffic in Northern Virginia sucks and if I can do anything to avoid it; I will.
Prior to moving to our new house, I signed on for a monthly Pure Barre membership. I had quit barre to try other studio workouts but then came back to barre.
What made me quit it altogether was when we moved to our new town, the barre studio I had wanted to go to wouldn’t honor the rate I was receiving at my old barre studio. I totally get it because they’re each franchised/owned by different owners so I wasn’t mad about it.
I was certainly bummed but I think it was a blessing in disguise because it resulted in me saving $169/month.
I crave exercise. It has always been something in me that if I don’t workout for a day, I feel like a lump. It’s also amazing for my mental health. I feel so good after every workout; even if it’s only 15 minutes.
I exercise to stay fit and I exercise because it truly puts me in a good mood. Plus, I exercise so I can eat more 😉 half kidding.
I have done Fitness Blender workouts here and there. They’re 100% free.
In our old house, there wasn’t really space for me to workout. I could have made it worked but I didn’t motivate myself enough to do so and since I still had a membership at barre, I just went to barre.
When we moved to our new house and I was forced to figure out a new workout plan, I decided to give working out at home with Fitness Blender a shot.
I gave myself a schedule; I’d workout four days a week. I worked from home three days a week so on lunch breaks, I would go to the basement to workout. Then I would jumpstart my week by working out on Sunday afternoon.
I invested in Powerblocks because I loved the idea of saving space and not having 2340987 dumbbells lying around. That was the only investment I had made. I already had a yoga mat and many of the exercises that involve a bench, you can use the floor.
Day after day, I would force myself to go into the basement to workout. I told myself I had no other choice and what was I going to do anyway during lunch hour? I mean, yes, I ate but other than that, I was just wasting time doing nothing.
They say you get into a routine after X amount of days and it’s true. It became routine for me and I loved it.
The workouts on Fitness Blender go by extremely fast and they’re fun. Like, half the time I don’t feel like I’m truly working out because I love a good challenge and when something is challenging and I’m pushing through, it makes everything go by so much faster.
If you sign up for a Fitness Blender account, you get access to use their calendar which is super helpful. If you’re anything like me, if something is on the calendar, YOU DO IT.
So, I would plan out my weeks: 1 day upper body, 1 day lower body, 1 day core/HIIT, 1 day total body. They have a plethora of workouts on their site (again: FREE) and they have awesome search filters that you can search by duration, intensity level, target areas, etc.
They also have programs that you can pay for. It’s basically them putting together a whole fitness program for you with existing videos they already have but it’s effective because they’re the professionals. They have a once yearly sale and I snagged most of them and I have been doing programs for a while now. It’s just easier than me sitting at the computer putting together a schedule for myself.
The programs are cheap too. $9.99 for some, $7.99 for others. And they’re either 4 or 8 weeks long. My favorite one so far is FB Strong. I just finished up FB Booty and I’ve done FB Abs and FB Sweat before, too.
I LOVE their “busy people” workouts. They’re usually 30 minutes or less. In fact, most their workouts are under 42 minutes which is so ideal.
Strength training is absolutely my favorite. It is such a myth that you need to do HIIT/cardio in order to lose weight. By building lean muscle while strength training, you burn fat, get more tone, AND you work up a sweat because you’re literally breathing so hard and working so hard. It’s basically like a cardio workout.
Omg, I honestly could talk all day long about Fitness Blender (and this actually isn’t a sponsored post whatsoever. I just LOVE them so much) but basically, I work out at home because 1. it’s free, 2. I don’t have to leave the comfort of my house, and 3. I love it!
I’m lucky enough to work from home four times a week now and I’m still doing workouts during my lunch break. Honestly, nothing has changed from a year ago in terms of my workout routine. I strictly adhere to my workout calendar and some days, if I’m extra sore or not feeling it, I just move it to another day. The calendar in Fitness Blender makes it so easy to reschedule workouts.
I started to do Tone It Up workouts because after a year and half of doing Fitness Blender, I was getting a LITTLE bored of the same routines/format.
So I decided to change it up a bit and I started working out with Tone It Up. I do their daily workouts and then find a complimentary workout. Sometimes it’s what they suggest at the bottom and sometimes I find something on their YouTube channel or in their app.
While I don’t absolutely LOVE everything about them (they move way too fast and they don’t really give you pointers and educate you and their workouts are a tad short), their workouts are a challenge and that’s what I love.
I’m always dripping in sweat and out of breath by the end of them; even if they’re short. Sometimes I double up on workouts because they’re *too* short.
I also feel that because I have body image issues, TIU kind of gives me unrealistic expectations because my goal whenever I see the Karena and Katrina (or one of the other TIU Studio workout girls) is, “I want to be as skinny as them.”
I really should rephrase that to be, “I want to be strong and tone” but it’s hard when you’re staring at perfect bodies.
So I will say that I would highly suggest you start out with Fitness Blender. I’m glad I started out with FB because it gave me the foundation to be able to do TIU workouts.
Like, I’m able to modify moves on my own and I’m able to swap in certain workouts for other ones. TIU doesn’t really give you that knowledge.
For example, if I don’t want to do single leg deadlifts, I can do regular deadlifts or if I don’t want to do tricep pushups, I switch to tricep dips.
They also don’t talk much about weights and whatnot and I feel that is a very important thing that FB always talked about.
I did end up buying a subscription to TIU to use their on-demand workouts in their app. It’s $83/year and that’s still cheaper than a gym.
However, I do recommend starting with Fitness Blender completely free workouts first and gaining knowledge of strength training workouts and everything before you move forward to something paid.
That’s just how I look at it. I’m more than happy to pay TIU now because I already have a base knowledge of working out. If I had done it the other way around, I don’t feel I’d be getting my monies worth.
Tips to stay motivated to workout at home:
- Set up a calendar/schedule with workouts for each day that you want to do.
- Make yourself adhere to that schedule. No excuses! You took the time to create the schedule…so go actually do it.
- Block off time in your real life/work calendar. If you don’t block out time, you’ll never make time to work out. You’ll just end up doing the other thing.
- Make time. 30 minutes is 2% of your entire day. If you can watch a Netflix show for 30 minutes, you can workout for 30 minutes.
- Create a dedicated space to workout. Kind of like having a home office; make space for you to workout so you’ll enjoy going in there. If it’s amongst cluttered things, you will less likely want to go in. Additionally, just because you live in an apartment or small place doesn’t mean you can’t do these workouts. Within every workout, they have modifications for these very things!
- Stop with your excuses. I honestly believe anyone can do anything if they set their minds to it. I challenge you to give working out at home for 45 days. If you absolutely hate it or cannot do it, then stop. But it’s seriously one of the most invigorating things once you’ve got your groove on.
- Do it with a group friends. Meaning, create a small group and make each other accountable. Share what workout you are doing that day or are going to be doing. Ask if everyone has done their workouts, etc.
- Push yourself. Part of the problem with working out at home is that you have no one there to actually push you harder so you might just half-ass it. If you make it a point to lift heavier, push yourself, and also have clean form…then you’ll definitely see results. I know it’s easier than that sounds but I’ve actually been able to lift heavier because I pushed myself and I’m gaining strength! A good check that Kelli always says is, “if by the end of one set you think it’s easy then you’re either lifting too little or not pushing yourself.”
Have I actually seen results from working out at home?
YES. 100% yes.
A lot of it also goes hand in hand with what you eat so everyone’s results will obviously vary but if you have a clean diet and eat relatively well, then you will definitely see results. If anything, you’ll be more tone, fit, and stronger than when you started out.
As most of you know, I also started working with a nutrition coach in February. This is by no means me saying that in order to see results, you need to hire a nutrition coach.
With hiring a nutrition coach and thus eating better, I’ve seen gains all around and I’ve lost inches in my waist.
This was just a personal goal of mine though so whatever your goal is, I’m positive that if you incorporate working out and eating better, you can achieve whatever it is you want to achieve in regards to your health and body.
I needed a nutrition coach to guide me further to achieve my goals and it has certainly paid off!
23 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
Last Updated on January 20, 2020
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Are you searching for ways to stay committed and motivated to working out? Or are you trying to figure out how to make exercising a permanent habit?
You are not alone.
Many people usually start with an exercise program all excited and pumped up. However, as time goes by, their enthusiasm for working out dwindles. They start making excuses for not showing up for workout appointments.
No matter how seriously committed they are to their fitness goals, there are some people who end up feeling deflated and unsure how to stay on track with their workouts.
No matter how seriously committed they are to their fitness goals, there are some people who end up feeling deflated and unsure how to stay on track with their workouts.
They begin to think that they’re just too lazy to keep their commitment to personal fitness. Some even develop gym anxiety and steer clear of gyms and other fitness hubs all together, out of a perception that they can’t stay on track.This post details other challenges that can prevent you from exercising.
Perhaps, like these people, you need inspiration to keep going.
In today’s post, you will discover 25 ways to motivate yourself to work out. These techniques are guaranteed to develop your self-discipline and establish a pattern that will help you build a solid, healthy habit of working out.
Several of the tips we’ll be discussing today are designed to help you establish an exercise habit. This begins with creating an ideal environment for you to stay on track, whether or not you have the will power to do so.
There are also recommendations that truly give you that extra jolt of awareness to keep you motivated and enthusiastic about moving towards your goal—that is, to become a healthier version of you.
I hope that the techniques I’ve listed here can help you experience the joy of coming home after a workout session and knowing that you’ve done something that positively benefits you.
Let’s get started.
How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
1. Surround yourself with motivational quotes.
You can use different colors of Post-Its to stick quotes that motivate you everywhere. They will serve as constant reminders for you to get going and just do what you have to do.
You may want to visit this post and choose from 83 quotes about never giving up to find the one that best resonates with you.
2. Get a workout buddy.
Having the right person stand next to you and cheer you on as you do your sit-ups is an excellent way to get hyped up about keeping fit. A good workout buddy helps you become accountable for your progress in achieving your workout goals.
3. Think about how working out makes you feel.
When your interest in working out is flagging, envision the outcome of your exercise routine and how good you’ll feel. For most people, this is motivation enough to not throw in the towel.
Other benefits you’ll get immediately after a workout include feeling more relaxed, your brain cells are renewed, and your blood sugar levels return to normal. Now, who doesn’t want that?
4. Set reachable goals for yourself.
Sometimes we begin a workout with the intention of toning our muscles, getting rid of body fat, and having the most beach-worthy body before summer arrives. And we want to achieve these goals all at once. When we don’t immediately get the results we want, we get discouraged.
To keep yourself pumped up about getting fit, try setting small goals that you are able to do constantly. In this way, you’ll end up feeling that you’ve accomplished something every time you hit the gym or go for that run.
5. Treat yourself to some new workout clothes and equipment.
It is so easy to skip a workout because your one and only pair of yoga pants are still in the laundry. Buying yourself some new items of workout gear can make you excited to exercise.
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6. Put your workout gear in a highly visible area.
Having bought exercise clothes and gear that make you happy, the next thing to do is to place them somewhere conspicuous. Put them on a table or chair, or near the door. This way, you’ll always be reminded of your workout goals, and make them a priority.
Put your gears in a highly visible area such as on a table chair or near a door.
7. Create a playlist to get you moving.
Science has shown that music that’s between 120 and 140 bpm (beats per minute) encourages us to move. Songs that contain this tempo are great for working out.
So prepare a playlist of your favorite jams. Some recommended songs include Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz, Who Knew by P!nk, and Viva La Vida by Cold Play. Get moving!
8. Tell yourself that you’ll do just a warm-up.
When you feel like skipping your workout, go through the motions of preparing for it. Tell yourself that you will just warm up and then you can go home. Chances are, after doing the warm-up, you’ll want to do one set of your workout. And then maybe another.
Tell yourself you can stop and head home after each set. Before you know it, you’ll have done the entire routine.
9. Imagine pictures of you when you don’t look your best.
We all have those photos when we don’t look our best. We wish they never existed. But since they do, you can use yours as a motivation to work out. Then you can look at those photos next time and see how far you’ve progressed in becoming a better version of yourself.
10. Choose an exercise that is fun to do.
Oftentimes, when people think of workouts, the activities that come to mind are running and weightlifting. Most people think that these exercises are hard work, so they’d rather keep to their old sedentary habits.
To keep yourself motivated to move, choose something that you have fun while doing. For some people, having a fun workout means enrolling in a flying trapeze class, doing capoeira, or just dancing around in the comfort of your own room.
11. Strap a fitness tracker on.
Many people get motivated to exercise when they can track their progress. A wearable fitness tracker, such as FitBit, can help you keep going.
Maybe you’re doing a fat-burning cardio workout, enrolled in a spin class, or into walking or running. A fitness tracker provides all the necessary information you need to keep you informed about your progress to better health.
To know which FitBit is right for you, I’d suggest checking out this review that will give you the low down of the best fitness tracker for your needs.
12. Book a non-refundable fitness class.
If the thought of throwing away money makes you queasy, then use that to keep you motivated in your fitness goals. Sign up for a non-refundable fitness class.
This can help you get up and just do it. There’s no sense in paying for the class and then pulling a no-show.
Book a non-refundable fitness class. This can help you get up and just do it.
13. Place your alarm clock away from the bed.
Putting your alarm clock away from arm’s reach forces you to get up. And once you’re on your feet, it’s often difficult to get back to sleep.
Now that you’re up, why not use the time to work out?
14. Lay out your workout gear the night before.
People often have excuses for not working out. One of the most common excuses is that it takes a lot of time to prepare for the gym or to go outdoors for a morning run.
Stop procrastinating by preparing your workout gear the night before a scheduled workout. It’s also good to put your prepared gym bag near the door so you can just pick it up when you’re ready to go.
15. Take it one day at a time.
Again, this goes back to the premise that you are not going to have six-pack abs overnight, or even in a week. Don’t rush out and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see the results immediately.
Just think that every burpee or push-up you do is going to bring you closer to your goal. You’ll get there eventually.
16. Make technology your friend.
You can use technology to add an interesting twist to getting fit. Some people use Wii Fit to work out. Others use apps compatible with their smartphones and other gadgets to get their daily quota of fitness moves.
In addition to keeping you motivated, these apps and tools allow you to track your progress, and provide you with extra information about your health.
17. Tap into your competitive self.
Sometimes it takes the spirit of competition to get motivated. One feature of fitness trackers and apps is that you can see your contacts’ workout progress, in addition to your own.
Get into the spirit of friendly competition and try to top a friend’s fitness results for the day.
Be competitive. Get into the spirit of friendly competition and try to top a friend’s fitness results for the day.
18. Follow a specific fitness program.
The biggest advantage of doing a specific fitness program is that there is a set training or workout schedule. This helps you stay on track and prevents you from backsliding on your goals.
With a specific workout routine, you can optimize your fitness in the comfort of your own home. You might want to read this post on creating effective workout routines for more details.
19. Join a 30-day challenge.
Entering a group challenge to work out for 30 days can be a great fitness motivation tool. When you accept an exercise challenge, you’ll be forced to report to people who will check that you’re staying on track.
This can be a good way to jump-start your new habit of keeping fit. Use this tool correctly and you’ll reap the benefits.
20. Develop a positive self-image.
There are people who think that viewing their bodies in a negative way can motivate them to work on improving themselves. However, a study on the effects of negative beliefs and attitude about weight shows that this behavior actually lowers people’s interest in exercise and makes them prone to unhealthy eating habits.
Develop a healthier attitude about your body. Learn to recognize moments when you’re putting yourself down. Find ways to appreciate and love yourself more. This post has tips on how to develop a sense of healthy self-love.
21. Work out with a personal trainer.
If you can afford it, hire a personal trainer for a few sessions. A good trainer can help you overcome your negative perceptions about working out.
How do you find the right trainer? These three indicators help you know if you’ve found a keeper: a) you feel that they hear you; b) they are knowledgeable in their field and are able to explain why you’re doing a specific exercise for your fitness goals; and c) their field of expertise matches with the goals you have for your fitness.
22. Read stories of people just like you who succeeded in their goals.
Sometimes, the biggest roadblock to getting fit is your own preconception that it will be impossible. Reading about someone else’s success in their fitness journey can be the very solution you need to get excited about working out.
Look for stories of people who are in the same boat as you. Stories of real people allow you to connect and relate with what they’re going through. These make you believe that it can be done, because others like you have already walked that path.
23. Stay active by finding a hobby.
If you really can’t muster the energy to work out in the traditional sense, I would suggest finding other ways of staying active. One way of doing this is to find a hobby that encourages you to move.
Hobbies and leisure activities will not only improve your health, but they’re also proven to increase your overall feelings of happiness about life. You might want to check out this post to see the other positive benefits of a hobby.
Before we part for today, let me congratulate you on your interest in your own health.
I hope that you’ve found a couple of tips from the ones above that will work to kick-start that enthusiasm for working out once more.
One other way to keep your motivation high is to reward yourself after you’ve reached certain fitness goals. You might want to check out our extensive list of suggestions on how to reward yourself after completing a goal or a task.
One quick reminder: Stay hydrated during your workouts. I’d suggest checking out this post for some tips on how to increase your water intake.
Let’s face it: it’s much easier to motivate ourselves to do things when someone else tells us what to do.
That’s why so many people have jobs with bosses, instead of striking out on their own. Or why someone pays tens of thousands of dollars for a grad school degree instead of reading books from the library.
Heck, that’s why people paid upwards of $120 an hour to hire me as a personal trainer when I was working at a gym in NYC. It wasn’t because they couldn’t figure out how to do the exercises I assigned them. It was because they wanted—and craved—the accountability.
Because there’s no doubt about it: doing things on your own can be hard.
And sticking with a fitness habit is no different.
You’re no longer in gym class
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably tried the 12 Minute Athlete workouts (or intend to) at some point or another.
And most likely, you’re not doing the workouts in a group environment. If you’re like me, you’re probably not even doing them at a gym. Without a doubt, most of you are working out at home, in your garage, or maybe (if you’re lucky enough to have nice weather this time of year) outside in a park.
But wherever you do the workouts, most of you have one thing in common: you do them completely alone, without a coach, a trainer, or even a friend to cheer you on.
And that’s tough.
So how do you keep motivated to keep working out and pushing as hard as you possibly can, when there’s no one there to force you to do it?
Here’s how I stay motivated:
1. Make a schedule, and stick to it
How many days a week do you want to work out? Get really clear on this ahead of time—then actually schedule your workouts in your calendar, just as you would with any other appointment.
It may seem unnecessary, but when you start planning your workouts beforehand, you move them from ‘optional’ to the ‘must do’ category.
And if you know things are destined to come up, you can always build in a buffer day or two in case something happens and you’re forced to reschedule.
2. Find a community
Just because you don’t belong to a gym doesn’t mean you can’t find some like-minded people to help keep you on track with your workouts.
Whether it’s just a few people you meet with once a week or even once a month and do a workout in the park, or an online community (like this awesome one at Nerd Fitness), finding a community of some sort can give you a huge motivational boost.
Heck, you could even do a group workout over Google Hangouts or talk to other fitness-oriented people on Twitter—whatever it takes to get the support you need to keep working out.
Isn’t technology cool?
3. Keep a workout log
I can’t stress the importance of keeping a workout log of some sort.
Using a physical book or just an ongoing note in Evernote to track measurements like weight and body fat percentage as well as progress made in your workouts will keep you much more motivated than looking in the mirror every day.
Just being able to see in print (or on the screen) that all your hard work has paid off can be the motivator you need to keep you working out on a regular basis.
4. Create goals
When you work out day after day on your own with no coach or trainer to push you, it’s easy to fall into a slump. That’s why you have to create goals for yourself.
Fitness goals can be anything, small or big—you might have a goal to be able to do 10 burpees in a row without stopping, or a goal of doing a handstand push up without a wall (my goal for the first part of this year).
Signing up for some type of race or event can also be a good goal and motivator. I’ve done a triathlon, which was awesome, and a lot of people enjoy challenging themselves with half marathons or marathons. Whatever sounds fun to you.
Goals will keep you motivated, because you’ll always be working toward something tangible rather than just exercising because you know you should be.
Ideally, you’ll combine this step with step #2 and share your goals with others to keep you even more accountable.
5. Give yourself rewards
No, you shouldn’t eat a candy bar every time you get yourself to the gym (an easy way to halt or reverse progress), but giving yourself a tangible reward for exercising can be a great motivator.
Try setting a number of days you want to exercise for and give yourself some kind of reward when you meet your goal. This could be a nice dinner out, a new piece of home exercise equipment you’ve been eyeing, new workout shoes, or something different entirely.
Just make sure your reward is motivating enough that you really, really want it. A kale salad at the end of your desired workout period probably isn’t going to do it for you.
You can do it
Yes, working out alone can be hard at times.
But as Woody Allen famously said:
“80% of success is showing up.”
So show up. Get out there. Work your ass off.
I know you have it in you.
11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Go to the Gym
Being active has many benefits, everything from heart health to sleep quality to brain function, but knowing it’s good for you doesn’t always mean it’s easy to go to the gym. If you’ve been having trouble getting into a workout routine, take a look at a few proven methods for getting off the couch and breaking a sweat.
1. DRESS FOR A WORKOUT, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING UP TO IT.
In many ways, pulling on a sweatshirt or a pair of yoga pants is even more important than heading out the door to go to the gym. Research has suggested that our brains are susceptible to “enclothed cognition,” a technical way of saying that dressing for the part can help fuel your ambition to complete a chosen task. If you’re in full workout gear, you’re far more likely to head out the door.
2. MAKE A COMMITMENT WITH A FRIEND.
It can be helpful to have an accountability partner, so make plans to have a joint workout with a friend. Feeling that someone else is counting on you to attend will make it less likely you’ll skip the session. Even better, seeing your friend perform—running a longer distance or lifting heavier weights—may also give you the motivation to push yourself, and you can share tips and celebrate each other’s progress.
3. MAKE A PLAN.
If you’re just looking to get active, there’s nothing wrong with going to a gym and investing time in whatever equipment or activity strikes your fancy. But the downside of those aimless visits is that skipping them doesn’t feel like you’re impeding progress toward a goal. After a break-in period, it’s best to imagine a finish line—losing weight, increasing endurance, adding muscle, or a mixture of each—and focus your energy on working toward it.
4. GO EARLY.
By getting up early in the morning and heading to the gym before you start your day, you’ve successfully avoided the eight to 10 hours you’d be able to talk yourself out of going. Exercising can be energizing, making it an ideal morning routine—but if you wait, you might feel too tired to go. Getting out of bed may be tough those first few mornings, but once you’ve established a rhythm, you’ll be glad you did.
5. CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE.
Even if you’re a creature of habit, repeating the same exercises over and over can become monotonous. To avoid boredom, try re-arranging their order or substituting alternatives—an incline bench press, for example, instead of a flat bench. By switching things up, you’ll keep both your body and mind invested in the activity. (And you can always return to your regular routine later.)
6. VISUALIZE SUCCESS.
Visualization is an athletic tool that’s been used for decades. By closing your eyes and imagining what it would look and feel like to achieve a goal or to complete an exercise, we can prepare ourselves physically and psychologically for the task at hand. If you’re dragging your feet or considering skipping a workout, try sitting down for a few minutes to visualize how you’d feel if you went to the gym and how it would bring you one step closer to your goal.
7. DON’T OVER-PROMISE.
Having goals, even lofty ones, is key to anything you want to achieve in life. But if you decide you want to have the proportions of a fitness model by August or jump from a 5K to a three-hour marathon time, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Make sure the bar is reachable—even if it means aiming for just 15 minutes on a bike—so you’re not overwhelmed. Don’t forget to celebrate the smaller milestones along the way!
8. GET RID OF OBSTACLES.
Maybe something is impeding your gym trip. Is the coffeemaker not working, sapping you of the crucial caffeine jolt you like before a workout? Do you not like your gym’s location or their fitness class instructors? Don’t wait until you can use roadblocks to excuse a missed session. Take action to resolve the problem so you have a clear and unobstructed path toward your goals.
9. CONSIDER A TRAINER.
Certified fitness instructors add to the cost of your workout, but they can also add a lot of tangible value. An expert can design a program based on your goals, show you how to use equipment, and provide tips on nutrition. You may find you don’t need their assistance for long, but having them present while you start out could compel you to stick with it.
10. LOG YOUR WORKOUTS.
By recording distances, weights, and other objective milestones in your fitness journey, you’ll be able to see progress on paper. That record can come in handy when you’re feeling uninspired or lethargic. Referencing a time when you could only run a half-mile, for example, might motivate you to stick with it because you’re now accustomed to running two or three.
11. TAKE TIME TO RECOVER.
You may feel like hitting the gym every day leaves no room for laziness. Eventually, you’re going to discover that your body’s desire for rest will trump your iron will, and you may find yourself going days or weeks without breaking a sweat. It’s better to build in some recovery time, whether that means doing nothing or just temporarily turning your activity level down. That way, you’ll avoid being too tired to tackle your next session.
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A lot of people go to the gym solely because they join your friends and have a great time working out together. But what happens when you want to train more than your friends? The best thing you can do is to try and motivate yourself to go to the gym alone. While it seems hard at first, getting the right fitness motivation is not that complicated. Here are some great tips to help you with that!
Avoid the peak hours
By doing that, you will get to work out on your own, with fewer people around. This means you get to be yourself and maybe enjoy your music. It helps you stay pumped up, motivated and ready to go for your daily workouts. This makes a lot of sense, and it can offer you lots of amazing benefits.
Purchase gym clothes
If you find it hard to go to the gym, a good idea would be to acquire gym clothes. It’s a great motivator! Of course, another way to motivate yourself is to try out some of your older clothes that don’t fit anymore. Your primary goal will be to make those close fit once again. This will encourage you to go to the gym alone and complete this mission as fast as possible!
Create a workout schedule and stick to it
Ideally, you want to work out at home, but you also want to have a gym schedule too. Sometimes your friends may be able to join you, other times you will work out on your own. Not matter if you have any friends with you or not, make sure that you stick to your schedule. This is the best way to achieve great results in the long term, and that will motivate you to go to the gym even more often!
Go to a gym close to your location
This way there will be no reasons to back down. The gym will be so close to you that you won’t have to drive there, you can just walk for a few minutes. Yes, having a gym nearby and enrolling in its fitness program can be a huge motivator. There’s no reason to avoid joining a gym just because you work out alone. You can easily talk with a fitness trainer there and hire him to offer some assistance if necessary as well!
Keep a workout log/diary
A lot of people stay motivated by trying out new workouts all the time. Even if you work out alone, there are plenty of challenges to impose on yourself. The idea is to identify what type of workout suits your needs the most and stick to it. In the end, you want the workout experience to be fun. Create new goals, be active and always switch things up. That way working out on your own will never be boring, so try to keep that in mind!
Things like getting some workout equipment for your home, a nice meal or anything like that can be a great reward if you want to celebrate a fitness achievement. This will keep you motivated, and it will help boost your focus for the upcoming workouts.
Remember, sometimes the fact that you don’t want to work out with other people can be a good thing. You get to be more focused on your workout routine, you can set up goals and celebrate achievements, Working out on your own is very fun, even if you don’t have any competition. In the end, it all comes down to staying healthy and fit, so try to keep that in mind!
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