Going to the gym is be one of the biggest worries of a lot of a lot of people. Many may feel like they are going to be being judged, that they won’t be able to perform the workouts, or that the gym may not be the best solution for their health concerns. I’m here to present to you 5 ways to defeat these doubts and to encourage you to take the first, or next, step in living a healthy and active life.
1) Make it the first thing to do in the morning:
It’s very easy to procrastinate in going to the gym. From “I’ll do it later” to “I just don’t have enough time,” we always put off exercising as if it is unnecessary and irrelevant. If you are lacking motivation to exercise, then get your workout out the way, first thing in the morning, so you don’t have to worry about it all day.
2) Set low expectations:
This may be a controversial advice, but, think about it, if someone is finding it hard to go to the gym, and they keep imagining doing some crazy workout(s), they will be more afraid to go because of the added pressure they’ve put on them self by raising their expectations. Now, if this person just told them self that they were going to do a simple workout, then it will be much easier for them to go because they will be confident that they can actually complete it. We must remember to take things one step at a time. No one is going to be squatting 400 lbs. their first day at their gym; we must remember to start simple and go at our own pace.
3) Get an accountability partner:
The good thing about accountability partners is that they can be pretty much anyone; it doesn’t matter if it is your friend, parent, spouse, or trainer, as long as this person is encouraging you to be as healthy as you aim to be, then they are eligible to be your accountability partner. Remember, this is a valuable resource to have. Not everyone has a person who is pushing and encouraging them to be healthy, so when in this situation, take full advantage of it.
4) Do an activity that you actually like:
I know this article is about the staying motivated to go to the gym, but there are so many workouts that can help burn calories, which don’t include lifting weights or running on a treadmill. If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, then maybe go walk a long walk, or hike. If you prefer to stay indoors then you could try doing some workout videos, or maybe try a product such as the Wii Fit. There are so many options besides going to the gym; we must remember to take advantage of these opportunities.
5) Keep track of your progress/regress:
If you have been spending a lot of time at the gym and you’ve noticed that you have made some gains, then this will encourage you to keep going back because now you are starting to realize the importance of exercise and why it’s crucial to stick to your gym routine. On the other hand, if you haven’t been hitting the gym frequently, and you’ve noticed the regression on your health, then this should remind you to be more consistent when it comes to going to the gym.
A simple workout, for 4-5 days a week, can leave an outstanding improvement on our health. The process (going to the gym) is always the hardest, but the end result (losing weight/gaining muscle) is worth all the sweat, aches, and soreness. We must remember to treat our bodies with the best care that we could, before it’s too late. As the saying goes, “Use it, or lose it.”
Thanks for reading my post. Have a great week!