Going to the gym and signing up for a membership is the easy part. The hard part is being disciplined to actually get up in the mornings or stop after work and actually work out. Most people are really excited to go to the gym for a week or two but after that the motivation starts to ware off and a lot of people stop going. Don’t be one of those people. Here are a few ways to stay excited and motivated about going to the gym.
Find a partner
Having a partner is one of the easiest ways to stay motivated. When picking a partner choose someone who is more disciplined than you are. This person does not have to weigh less or be in better shape than you. You want to find the kind of partner who will come knock on your door when you are trying to chicken out of a work out one day. A partner will be your greatest tool on the days that you are excited and feel good and also on the days that you want to quit and feel horrible. Committing to a partner also gives you a sense of responsibility, because you are not only depending on them but they are depending on you.
Keep track of successes
Taking measurements and weighing your self at the very beginning of your workout journey will help motivate you in the future on the rough days. If you are having a hard day and cant find motivation weigh your self and take measurements to see all the progress you have made. Weight and muscle mass are not the only things that can be measured. You can keep track of running times, how much weight you can lift a certain number of times, or how long of breaks you need to take. Keeping track of all these things will be really encouraging when you start to see progress.
Eat and sleep
Eating and sleeping right can change the entire direction of your work out plan. If you are working out and either eating too little or too much it’s going to be hard to see results, have enough energy, and feel good about your workouts. If you do not sleep enough it is going to be incredibly hard to be able to wake up early or stop in the evening after a long day when you are too tired. Eight hours of sleep is what most doctors’ recommend.
Buy new clothes
Most people do not have the money to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe every time they loose a couple of pounds, but buying a new pair or two of pants when your old ones get loose will do wonders for your self confidence. Also buying a new shirt that fits right with your new upper body will make you feel more confortable and good about yourself. The more you feel confident about your body the more motivated you will feel to continue to work out.
Author Bio: Ally is a writer for Smith Monitoring, a leader in home security and one of the top3 alarm companies in Houston. Ally is an expert in motivation and sometimes has a hard time getting up for the gym as well.