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5 ways to motivate yourself to go to the gym

It's impossible to stay motivated to exercise year round. Even the most avid exercise fan will have times when they just can't be bothered. This is completely normal. It’s how do you deal with these lulls that will separate those that get results and those that drift back into old habits. In this article, I give you my top 5 tips to get motivated to go to the gym.


Tip 1 – Write it down

Write down how you feel after every workout you do. Keep a note on your phone and jot down how great you felt after training each time. Whenever you feel low on motivation, whip your phone out and see how training gave you all the feels.

I don't think I've ever heard of someone regret a gym session. I've conducted many training sessions with clients who have turned up tired, disinterested or unmotivated, only for them to look at me at the end of the session and tell me how much better they feel.


Tip 2 - Train with a friend

Despite what all the fitness bunnies say on Insta, they're not always motivated to train. No one is. It's natural you'll have peaks and troughs. So why not start training with a friend? It's unlikely you'll both be unmotivated at the same time, so you can coerce each other into going when the other one is feeling low. Plus it's nice to have a common goal and interest with one of your mates. Training becomes more fun and much less of a chore. 

Want to spice up your training session a little? Have a friendly wager with your training buddy at the end of the session. It could be....

  • Furthest distance rowed in 60s
  • Pull up bar hangs. Who can hang from the pull up bar the longest? 
  • First to 15 burpees

Or you could make your own one up. Either way the loser pays for coffee or dinner. You can choose how high you want to go with the stake! 

Don't have a mate you can train with? Then why not join a class or club. Hate running alone? Join a running club. Hate doing HIIT alone? Join a spin class. 


Tip 3 - Create mini goals

If you're trying to lose weight, give yourself mini goals that aren't weight related. Maybe set yourself a new Deadlift target. Or give yourself a goal of doing a certain amount of pull ups. It could be something as simple as hitting a certain amount of steps per day. Most phones have pedometers built on these days, so it's easy to track your daily activity levels. Just make sure that it's a mini goal within the main long term target. 
Or you could give yourself a long term target and do it for charity. Your motivation then becomes the people you're raising money for. 


Tip 4 - Remind yourself of why you started

Stick post it notes up with your goal written down to remind yourself of why you started in the first place. Revisit the notes when you're feeling unmotivated. 


Tip 5 - Forget your goal completely

OK so I know I literally just said focus on your goal, but for some people this becomes too all consuming. We're all different after all, so what motivates me may not motivate you. Instead of focusing on your weight loss target, try to focus on the things you need to do to get there and write a little checklist that you keep daily. Every time you complete a period of time with a full check list complete you reward yourself with something (not food). You might complete 2 weeks of workouts and keeping a food diary, reward yourself by getting your nails done or by buying a new top. 

 



Nikki Clarke

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