Do you know the feeling when you just don’t wanna go to the gym? When you would much rather just lay on the couch and watch Netflix, maybe eat some chips? Well, I do and it’s totally normal to feel this way sometimes.
However, in times like this, it’s really important to stand up anyway and to work towards your goals. Therefore, I will give you my personal tips on how I get myself motivated to workout and kick ass in the gym.
1. Set yourself goals
Numero uno is to set yourself goals. There are 2 kinds of goals:
- Short-term goals
- Long-term goals
Short term goals will provide us with instant motivation. It just feels so good to have a goal in your mind and working towards it.
Whatever goals you might have, here are my strategies to accomplish them:
- Write down your goals and set yourself a timeframe
- Create a plan on how you will accomplish them, writing down exactly when, how long, how and what you will train
- Update your goals every few weeks or months
- Say “no” to opportunities that don’t serve your goals (too much partying, etc.)
While it is good to have short-term goals, like losing XY weight in 90 days, we have to concentrate on our long-term goals, as well. This way you will make sure that your motivation lasts longer. My long-term goal, for example, is to feel good and be healthy even when I am 50, 60, 70 years old. I want to be able to do my headstands and all those weird yoga poses, take my grandchildren out in the park and play with them. Therefore I am training almost every day because the daily habits and values we create now will stick with us for the rest of our lives.
2. Plan, plan, plan
This is my favorite one and probably the biggest tip I can give you. So, before actually starting to workout, create a workout program, which suits your goals.
To give you an example, I will quickly show you my workout plan. As my short-term goal is primarily to tone up my whole body for summer and my long-term goal is to stay healthy and fit, my workout plan is as follows:
- Monday – Booty and Hamstrings
- Tuesday – Active rest day (Yoga)
- Wednesday – Shoulders and Back + ABS
- Thursday – Rest day
- Friday – Booty, and quads + ABS
- Saturday – Yoga
- Sunday – Arms, and ABS
Depending on what my weekly schedule is, I will create my workout plan the way it suits my appointments etc. However, there are certain guide points I stick to almost every week.
- I have 1-3 leg days a week
- I train abs with every upper body workout
- I do yoga almost every day
3. Schedule your workouts
As soon as you have created your workout plan, it’s time to schedule your workouts. Don’t just say that you will go to the gym today at whatever time, but be precise.
Schedule the exact time of your workouts in the calendar. Because once it’s in your calendar you can’t miss it. Moreover, plan exactly what exercises you are going to do. This way you won’t be confused and frustrated once you are in the gym.
4. Make it a routine
Once you have figured out what your goals are and you have planned your workouts, there is only one thing left to do. Stick to your plan for a few weeks. Because it takes a few weeks to get used to new daily habits, which will then turn into a routine.
And, do you know what’s so good about routines? You repeat your routine day after day, without a lot of effort. So, once you have implemented working out into your routine, you will know exactly when, how, what and how long to work out, without much effort.
5. Find inspiration
The thing, which helped me the most with my motivation was my inspiration. My biggest inspiration has always been my brother. He used to go to the gym with me, show me everything and coach me. Also, I have a lot of fitness youtubers etc. which are very inspirational.
You could, for example:
- set a photo of an inspiring woman as your wallpaper on your phone
- Create a vision board with all of your favorite fitness inspiration photos
- Follow my Fitness Inspiration board on Pinterest for daily fitness motivation 😉
This way you are constantly reminded of your workout inspiration and ready to smash a good workout.
6. Find workout buddies
Even though I prefer training on my own, it is always so much fun and motivating when I am working out with my gym buddies. They encourage me to do those extra reps, we can do fun partner exercises together and overall it is much more relaxed when you aren’t all by yourself.
7. Reward yourself
Sometimes you just have to be proud of yourself and of what you have accomplished. Reward yourself! But pleeease don’t do it with junk food, haha.
Personally, I like to buy myself cute gym clothes. Why? Well, because I am a girl and we like to look good and feel confident. And I am kinda obsessed, I have to admit. Whenever I feel freaking amazing in the gym, that’s an extra motivational kick for me. Who agrees with me?
8. Just do it
Are you coming home from a long busy day at work? Is the last thing you want to do work out? JUST DO IT.
Have you been sitting all day in a classroom and you simply want to relax? Just go to the gym, anyway.
Sometimes you have to push all emotions aside and just go to the gym. Once you are working out, you will feel like a totally different person, I promise. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a sweaty workout after a long day of work. In fact, I have had some of the best workouts in my life after tough days, where I thought the only thing I want to do is to sleep.
It clears your mind and you will feel the instant happiness after the gym session.
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Thank you for reading this blog post! I hope you have found some motivation to smash your workouts and achieve your goals.
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- Mine: @Gymshark workout clothes – Ombré seamless set