Working out is not hard. It can even be fun. And we are well-informed of the health risks of retaining an excess amount of weight, but what if prevention doesn’t carry enough weight to help you finally get to the gym? We have found 5 different effective ways to get motivated to hit the gym and reap the benefits!
1. Find the Purpose
This is going to be different for everybody. It could be because you want to have more energy, feel good about yourself, know that you look good all the time, or even the health benefits. After you find why you want to lose weight, write it down. This is important. People generally have a significantly higher chance of remembering something after writing it down. We would add that you write your main goal, and why, in a place where you will see it every day.
2. Set Buffers
In other words, find a way to help yourself to not give into the temptation to eat more or unhealthfully. This one piggybacks on our first tip. Write down your best argument on sticky notes to combat your temptation to give up and strategically place them around your house. For example, if your vice is ice cream, then think of a reason that you shouldn’t eat it, write it down on a sticky note and put it on the ice cream lid in the freezer. The purpose is to force yourself to go the extra step and second-guess your reason behind indulging in the habits that you know are unhealthy.
3. Birds of a Feather
You know the phrase, “birds of a feather stick together.” Find, or develop, a small circle of people who are on the same journey as you are, but make sure that they are just as disciplined as you are. The positive peer pressure will help you find the motivation when you are lacking it. Plus, if you reject it, you will see your friends getting to where you want to be sooner than you are getting there. It also will help you to see that it is very doable and is worth doing!
4. Be Honest with Yourself
If you aren’t enjoying some parts of your workout, then that partly defeats the purpose of working out (unless, of course, that is the purpose that you defined in tip 1). If you know that you dislike a certain workout, that’s fine. Find one that you do like that works that area of the body if you want results there. For example, if you dislike heavy cardio, swap out jogging for a power walk or a HIIT workout (High Intensity Interval Training).
This one will be easier for some than others, but let’s be real. We all mess up sometimes. We fall off the track, but it is just as easy as a change of mindset to get right back on. Forgive yourself and move on. And a poor dietary choice sometimes is not damning to your progress. Most things in moderation, that includes your emphasis too.