Like it or not, we’ve all been here before…whether it’s sitting in your car or on the couch with your gym clothes on trying to talk yourself into working out. Bottom line, going to the gym and getting into a routine can be hard, so I’ve made a list of easy ways to stay motivated.
Set a Goal
This may seem like a no brainer but often times people skip this step. Setting a goal will help you stay accountable to yourself. Goals can be as simple as “I want to work out 3 times this week” or “I want to lose 10 lbs. by June”. Trust me on this one!
Create a Playlist
Music can make or break a work out people. I suggest downloading Spotify or Pandora to help spice up your boring workouts. You can even search certain people or playlists if you don’t want to create your own. Basically you can choose music from a wide range of genres. Some playlist examples include country, throwbacks, rap music, and so many more. Spotify recently launched “Spotify Running” which match the music tempo to your running pace -every beat matches every step.
Try Something New
We recently blogged about Classpass which a great way to try new fitness classes in your city. If you like running try joining a running club, if you are into yoga switch it up and go to a barre class. You can also participate in charity 5K’s or walks with your company or friends.
Well this is obviously my fav on the list. If you meet your fitness goals you deserve to be rewarded! Buy some new workout gear, treat yourself to a nice dinner, or book a vacation. You aren’t pushing yourself in the gym for nothing so make it worth it.
Plan your Workouts
This one is MUST for me. For instance, I know I can’t workout at 5am M-F or I’ll basically die. So, I have to plan my workouts for the week. I usually try and do at least 2-3 morning workouts and two evening classes per/wk. If I can’t make a class I make it a habit to hit my local gym for at least 30 minutes. On the weekends my schedule is more flexible so I can go early in the morning or around noon. If you aren’t a morning person don’t schedule a morning workout, you will never go & you will fall back into your rut. Be realistic on this one!
Have a Workout Buddy
It’s easy to hit the snooze button when it’s just you, but much harder to leave a friend by themselves- especially if they got up at 5:30am. (I know from experience)..Working out with friends make suffering those 60 minutes more bearable, so take it from us, and find a workout buddy!