How to motivate yourself to hit the gym

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Whether you are trying to lose weight, get healthier, or get stronger, you’ll need to put in the work. Exercising once every few weeks simply won’t cut it. If you want to hit your fitness goals, being persistent and consistent is the key. That means becoming a regular at your local gym or seeing your at-home trainer a few times a week. And while Dubai PT trainers will motivate you to the best of their ability, it is up to you to make the decision to work out every day. Some days, that’s harder than others. So how do you motivate yourself to hit the gym regularly regardless of outside factors?

Why is it important to motivate yourself to hit the gym regularly?

Here’s the thing about exercise – doing it once is not enough. No matter how intense your fat burning workouts are, no matter how much you lift, no matter how long you run for, if you don’t turn into a habit, you won’t see any results. It takes time for your body to respond to any changes in the routine, to get rid of fat, and to grow muscle. So it’s important not to give up after a few hours at the gym. Instead, you need to keep coming back. That’s the only way to see improvement and then maintain your new physique.

Young woman working out in a gym.
Regular workouts are the only way to achieve your goals.

How can you motivate yourself to hit the gym?

If you’re a busy person with a lot to do, it can be tempting to spend every waking hour relaxing on the couch with your favorite TV show. But hitting the gym is good for you. So find ways to convince yourself to go! Here are some suggestions:

Be accountable to someone else

If you skip a workout that no one even knew you were planning, does it really count? The answer is yes, but no one will hold you accountable. When you are your own checks and balances, it’s easy to justify slacking – you’re tired, you don’t have the time, you’ll do it tomorrow. That is why you need someone else to push you. Hiring a personal trainer or working out with a buddy is a good solution. If flaking means ruining someone else’s plans as well, you’ll be less likely to do it.

Two people boxing.
Motivate yourself to hit the gym by working out with a buddy.

Make exercising fun

Many people enjoy working out, especially when it’s something they’ve done regularly for a long time. But if you’re not one of them, going to the gym can feel like a terrible chore. So spice up your routine! Instead of your regular cardio exercises at the gym, try running in the local park where you can take in the views. Or make a motivating playlist that pushes you to keep going. If you have a friend or a partner who’s also a fitness nut, go with them so that you have some nice company. When exercising is fun, it feels less like an obligation you want to avoid and more like a hobby you enjoy.

Make exercising convenient

You shouldn’t have to go out of your way to exercise. Not only is this a waste of time but it is also a convenient excuse to skip the gym. So get a membership in a gym near your home or your work and schedule sessions right before or right after other activities. If the gym is right next to your office and you have to pass it every day on your way home at the exact time when you have training scheduled, you’ll have absolutely no excuse to miss out.

Keep track of your progress in numbers

What pushes most people to keep going to the gym are the results they get from working out. But those results come in gradually so they’re not always easily visible. That’s why you need to put them down on paper in black and white. If you’re aiming to lose weight, write down your starting weight and then track your progress every week. If you’re trying to get stronger, write down how much more you can lift each week. Or you may measure your fitness in the miles you run. Either way, looking back on how far you’ve already come will help you keep going.

A scale you can use to motivate yourself to hit the gym.
Write down your achievements so you can keep track of your progress.

Be realistic about your goals

One of the main reasons people stop working out is because they become disillusioned when they fail to meet their goals. But not meeting your goals doesn’t mean exercise doesn’t work or that you personally just can’t do it. Instead, the problem could be the goals themselves. If your plan is to drop 100lbs in a week, you’ll never succeed no matter how much crossfit training you do. So don’t set yourself up for failure. Set realistic goals – something you can achieve with your current level of fitness and the amount of time you’re willing and able to invest in hitting the gym. Even if those goals don’t seem big, reaching them will motivate you to keep going. Eventually, you’ll hit the big milestones too.

Reward yourself

Regular physical activity has many health benefits, which should be a reward in and of itself. But those can seem very abstract when you’re tired and ready to give up on your fitness regime. So come up with a more immediate and obvious reward system. Maybe you can have a tasty snack after a workout or you can buy yourself something nice when you reach a certain goal. Make your reward something you really want but not something you desperately need – denying yourself will only put you in a bad mental space; positive reinforcement is a much better strategy.

What if you fail to motivate yourself to hit the gym?

Here’s the thing: even if you use every possible strategy to motivate yourself to hit the gym, there will be some bad days. Whether you’re tired, sick, or just in a really bad mood, you’ll inevitably skip some of the gym dates you set up for yourself. This is something you need to make peace with. Don’t beat yourself up over it because it’s not the end of the world. Instead, just move on. Go to your next session and continue with your routine from there. This will make you less likely to stress and get anxious over going to the gym, which will, in turn, make you enjoy working out more.

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