Yesterday I went to my usual fitness training…but I had no, and I mean NO mood for exercises. I was pretty surprised that I found myself staring at the mirror, reading magazines, drinking LOTS of water, but still, no mood for fitness training. I get home and started reading…well, doing some web research.
And I came up with this: a fascinating article about how to be motivated in the gym. Marc David wrote an article about the things that will keep you motivated during a fitness training, and I want to share it with you, because I am sure that you found yourself at least once in my situation.
What can you do to keep motivated to work out?
This list is not all inclusive but it does have some things you can use to keep yourself going to the gym long after the New Year’s crowd has quit.
Photos: Pictures can be very inspirational! Regardless of what you think of those magazines, having a picture to look at is helpful in letting your mind capture an image of what you want. Once your mind has the image, you will start to take actions in life to accomplish that.
Set small goals: Sometimes it much easier to think of getting around the next corner then it is to look at the big picture. A technique you can use at the gym. Set weekly goals (1 lb a week) rather than looking at what you want to accomplish in a year from now.
Music: A classic motivator. If you like music and it doesn’t bother you at all, and then consider it for an extra boost when you don’t feel like working out. Music can easily put you into the mood.
Workout partners: The best motivation is somebody else with a like goal that wants to accomplish what you want as well. When you feel down and out and not really into it, this person might pull you along. When you can’t get that last rep out, they are there to give you a spot. It’s so much easier to have a training partner you can trust that motivates you.
Classes: Many people want to workout but feel without structure, they just get lost and bored. Being in a class can really help focus in on your goals with structured objectives in mind. If you don’t like working out alone, a class might be an idea option. Especially when you don’t know where to being and you like the idea of instruction.
Personal trainer: Some times they get a bad rap, but if you find a good one, then paying for a mentor is precisely what you need. They can help push you and adjust your program for progressive resistance and growth. Not only are you accountable (spending money) but a good personal trainer can help design you a program and nutritional plan that meets your needs. Everybody should have a personal trainer at some point. Their watchful eye on your exercise form is critical as well.
New routines: When your routine becomes boring and stagnant, there’s nothing like trying new stuff to spice it up and keep you interested. You are engaging in fitness for life. That doesn’t mean you have to do the same old boring routine for the rest of your life! Having a new plan of action can keep you mentally fresh and your body challenged.