We have all been there and it’s ok to miss a workout here and there but if you are really struggling to get to the gym consistently (and I mean at LEAST 3 times a week) I have come up with ten tips that will help get you back on track and more importantly KEEP you on track! 🙂
1- MAKE IT FUN! If you are someone who DREADS going to the gym it is hard to get motivated to go. I know a million different ways to exercise so why not try something you enjoy…there are a variety of classes and programs that your gym has to offer, or book an appointment to come see me and I would love to introduce you to some “fun” new exercises and help you set up your workout routine! 🙂
2- Schedule your workouts- You never miss appointments when you write them in your planner so make your workouts just as important! Write it down and you will get to the gym! It works for me and my clients (they rarely miss their scheduled appointments with their trainer…or else!)
3- Find a buddy to work out with- I find that not only having scheduled my workouts but planning to workout with a friend is a fool proof way to get my workout in..plus it is fun and who knows, maybe you will work harder with someone watching you 😉 Right Courtney??
4- Create a routine- Decide whether you are going to go before or after work and stick to it! No excuses!! If your workouts are random it is harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual…
You should also create a weekly workout routine (Mon Weights Tues Cardio Wed Weights Thurs Cardio Fri Weights Sat Rest Sun Yoga as a simple example) and this will also ensure you get to the gym!
5- Stress Relief- What do I do to relieve stress? WORKOUT!! Try it! Exercise is the best way to relieve stress as it releases endorphins which will improve your mood. Next time you feel stressed or tired try doing an exercise routine you love…it could be weight lifting, dancing, running, yoga, etc…
6- Start Small- Doing 1 hour of cardio or a 5km run or maybe doing 1 hour of weights may not be reasonable for everybody so start with what you know you can do and build the habit from there. Remember doing too much too soon could lead to injury which will set you back even more!
7- Commit to 30 days- Challenge yourself to go to the gym for one month (even if you only go for 20 minutes somedays). This will almost guarantee that you will have created a habit of working out. It will also take the pressure off of you in the first few weeks of deciding whether to go… you have no choice YOU HAVE TO GO EVERYDAY FOR 30 DAYS!!
8- MAKE TIME to workout- We all make time to check our emails/facebook/text messages, watch tv, meet up with friends for coffee/dinner/drinks, talk on the phone, plan trips etc so why not make time to workout! This is so important and cannot emphasize it enough…MAKE A POINT TO DO SOMETHING ACTIVE EVERYDAY!!! Even if it is only 20 minutes…and it is so much healthier (and cheaper) to meet a friend for a workout instead of a beer don’t you agree?
9- Reward Yourself- The hardest part of creating a habit of working out is making the effort to get to the gym…so when you are successful thank yourself…and not with a chocolate bar or a muffin! I am sure you can think of many other ways of rewarding yourself that will not negate the calories you burned during the workout…
10- Ask yourself why? -Why are you having a hard time getting to the gym? Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Are you feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? Are you not getting the results you want? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
After a long day at work (7am-7:30pm-trained 9 people plus 2 meetings) I still managed to fit in my workout. Yes, I know, I work at the gym so how could I ever miss a workout, well, sometimes I get tired and busy too but guess what? I MADE TIME, HAD A PLAN, MADE IT FUN AND IT GOT DONE!! AND I felt GREAT afterwards…my reward?? Catching up on the phone with my mom and dad in Arizona and then calling my boyfriend before bed 🙂 What’s better than that???
Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Please feel free to share with me any tips you have for getting yourself to the gym!