All that stands between you and the body you deserve is your motivation. But when you’re tired, hungover, feeling a bit grumpy, or just not feeling it at all, how do you force yourself to go to the gym, for a run, or to your class? Trying to push yourself over that lip of inertia can be really difficult, especially if you’re just starting out on your journey. But as time goes on you find ways to motivate yourself, and in turn, motivate the people around you. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to stay on your fitness journey, here are a few things people turn to to give them the push they need.
Get a gym buddy
It’s easy to let yourself down and justify it to yourself with excuses of tiredness, stress, or feeling under the weather. The thing is, those excuses just don’t fly with your friends, and the feeling of letting someone else down is just too great for some people. Which is why you’re far more likely to keep your gym date if you’ve got someone to go with. Not only are they great for helping you get over the inertia, but they’re perfect for pushing you that little bit harder, and giving you someone to natter with while you’re slogging away on the elliptical. If you don’t have a gym buddy yet, start putting those feelers out – it could completely change your fitness experience.
Set a routine
One of the hardest things to do is to create a routine, but once you’ve got it, it’s almost impossible to break. So whether you want to start running two mornings a week, or do yoga every day before breakfast, the only motivation comes to formulate those routines. Once you’re used to them, you’ll feel like you’ve lost a limb if you miss a session. So factor your workout into your morning or evening routine, and you’ll never miss another session again.
Try a personal trainer
Sometimes, you just need someone telling you what to do in order to push yourself into it. Personal training is one way to guarantee you’re not allowed to slack, even if you’re not feeling it. They’ll want to talk to you before you start your sessions with them about what you want to get out of it. They’ll want to know how you want to look, how hard you want to be pushed, and what limitations you think you have. But the point is, motivation is so much easier when you really don’t want to disappoint someone else.
Give some classes a go
If you’re struggling to motivate, sign up for some classes at your local gym – it’s a bonus if you can pay in advance too. That way, you’re definitely not going to miss the class if you’ve already had to part with your hard-earned cash.
Motivating yourself can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. Try some of these things out and see if you find it easier to get yourself to the gym or out for a run.
How do you keep yourself motivated? Let me know in the comments below!