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How Should I Get Motivated To Hit the Gym Every Day?
Getting motivated to get off your butt and go to the gym every day is not always an easy task. The excuses to not go are virtually endless. It was a L-O-N-G day at work. I am tired. I lost my headphones. I have nothing to wear. I have house work to do. The excuses, however, never get you the one thing that you really know you want, and that is RESULTS. Once the excuses stop, however, and the action begins to be taken that is when the results come in. Sadly, getting there is easier said than done for most of us, no matter how good our intentions it’s hard to get motivated to hit the gym. However, the good news is, for those of us who are excuse-prone, there are solutions.
The best solution might be the most ridiculous sounding one of them all, but it is what many fitness fanatics swear by. They make it easier to get motivated to hit the gym every day by not going to the gym every day. Is that even possible, you may ask? The answer: It sure is! While some people swear by going to a proper gym every day to get their workout in, to others it just seems like another “chore” rather than an enjoyment of everyday life. When something seems like a cumbersome “chore”, you are a lot less likely to go do that activity, even if you know it really is good for you in the end. That, sadly, is all the deterring most people need to decide that going to the gym just isn’t even worth the hassle.
The key for many people to get motivated to hit the gym is to find something they enjoy doing. That is different for everyone, and often takes place outside of the gym. Oftentimes these chosen activities are done in a variety of other places. If you are an avid runner or biker take to local trails in your area to enjoy some outdoor scenery and get in some cardio to boot. If you are an avid weightlifter, use items in nature like rocks or logs to some training away from the gym. If you love swimming go join a local indoor/outdoor pool to enjoy some laps. If you love a sport join a recreational league or pick-up schedule at the local community center or playing facility. If you enjoy yoga, pilates, or Zumba join some local classes to meet other people who enjoy the same fitness activities you do.
Doing what it is that you love will make workouts seem like a lot less of a chore. However, if you have paid for a gym membership and feel that it is where you must go to get a workout in then make it a more positive experience for yourself when you go. The more enjoyable it is the more often you will use it and take advantage of what you have already paid for.
How do you make that gym trip more bearable you may ask? That is different for very person depending on what motivates each individual to go get their movement in. However there are some common practices that help make it easier for most people to get their motivation up, which is more likely to guarantee success in the end.
First, remember that unless you are a professional athlete or a bodybuilder or figure competitor you do not have to go the gym literally every single day. For most people 4-5 times per week is a sensible target to help keep yourself fit and healthy, without letting it run your life. Take those other few days a week off to enjoy personal activities for yourself. Spend the time with the kids and the family or friends you want to catch up with. Remember that missing one or two workouts is not the end of the world. Try to stay consistent as you can, but remember that life does happen and things come up that sometimes just can’t be helped.
Second, get concrete goals in mind rather than general ones. Replace “getting in better shape” with “going to the gym five times per week”. Goals that you can measure progress against are goals you are more likely to stick to in the future.
Third, find some music that pumps you up to work out. Whether its country, rap, hip-hop, heavy metal, blues, or any combination thereof. For every month in which you stick to your goals reward yourself without packing on the pounds. Then you have a new CD to listen to while you workout for the next month.
Ultimately, remember you are doing whatever workout you choose for you, and no one else. You have to want to do what you are doing to be a better, healthier, happier you. Do it to feel good about yourself. When you do that a lot of intrinsic motivation is sparked, which makes it a lot less of a “chore”, and more of something you don’t mind doing. Consider your workout personal time because you are doing it to better yourself. It’s a commitment you deserve to make to yourself.
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