Keeping Yourself Motivated to go to The Gym
the decision to commit to the gym, working out, and bettering yourself is huge.
Being motivated is a key aspect of this process, and keeping that motivation is
half the battle. When starting out, that initial fire and drive are enough to
keep you going for the first few weeks. So here we're going to try and keep
that passion alive and that drive going.
of all, it's important to acknowledge that this is a transformative process.
Your body (and your health) is going to be changing, for the better, as a
result of this. So an effective technique for maintaining your motivation is to
set yourself fitness goals and track the progress you make. Since it provides
an objective record of how you have improved and what you have achieved. Set
short and long-term goals, making sure they are realistic. Upon hitting these
targets set new ones to keep both your motivation and progression going. Most
people do this by regularly weighing themselves, however, this is not always an
ideal means of tracking your progression. For example, when your workouts
involve strength training, your weight might not drop very quickly, or at all.
Even though your percentage of body fat drops.
superior method for tracking your body's transformation is to keep a record of
the changes to body fat percentage; as well as changes to measurements of
different areas of your body, such as the waist, arms, hips, and chest. Not
only does this show fat loss, but also allows you to observe your muscle mass
development. A simple and productive manner of illustrating these changes, and
their impact, is by routinely taking pictures of yourself and your body. The
effectiveness of comparison between the past and more recent pictures cannot be
overstated; it helps to provide tangible evidence of how far you have
progressed, and how different you look. You see yourself every day, so it can
be a struggle to pick up on the subtle changes that occur from day-to-day.
easiest way to do this is by taking pictures using a mirror and the camera on
your phone, make sure to get both front-on and side-on viewpoints. Initially,
you may not want to like doing it or looking at these pictures, that is
perfectly understandable. As you take more pictures and put together a timeline
of sorts, the pride you feel in your achievements will more than outweigh these
feelings. However, if you have, for instance, two months of week-to-week photos
to look back on, you will be able to tell how your body is changing, and just
how drastically it has done so.
good way of keeping yourself motivated to go to the gym is to go with a friend
or colleague. Failing that, you could make a friend at the gym and organize
your workouts for the same time. By partnering up with someone else on your
fitness journey you are less likely to skip workouts, as will not be just
yourself that you are letting down. Making the gym a social commitment, as well
as a workout, is a great way of keeping yourself motivated to go (particularly
when you really don't want to go).
are also a few things you can do around having a partner at the gym; like if
you are aware that you are someone of a competitive nature. This trait can be
harnessed to help keep you driven, by making your progress - or the rate at
which you progress - a competition between the two of you. Working out and
getting fit leaves you feeling good about yourself, adding the satisfaction of
winning on top of it is unmatched. Another method you can integrate is to
schedule other things, such as eating together or having a drink, around your
gym sessions. Not only does this further the social commitment aspect of
staying motivated, but it can also provide a basis of support for your efforts.
up your workouts is widely recommended as a strategy to help prevent your
progress in the gym from stalling. However, it is less commonly advised as a
method for keeping yourself motivated. By changing different aspects of your
routine, it helps to keep workouts fresh and interesting. You can do this by
changing basic things like the order of your training routine, or what
exercises you use when training. Adopting more drastic alterations such as
signing up for classes, or taking up a sport also provide a great basis for
motivation (especially if you do so with a partner).
as we are sure everyone is aware, you can help motivate yourself whilst you are
at the gym by listening to music. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, songs
that pump you up and get your blood rushing. Music can be a great source of
inspiration, let it inspire you to greater levels of performance in the gym.
This, in itself, is motivation to keep going to the gym, to feel those highs
this article helps you to keep on working hard at the gym. These are just a few
of the strategies you can make use of to motivate yourself. Try mixing it up
and seeing what works for you, the end results will definitely be worth it.
Thank you to Sam Socorro who wrote this
article. Sam is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and
expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of
writing under her belt.
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