Was your New Year’s resolution last year to join a gym but you’ve now lost your motivation? If so, we’ve come up with seven secrets to get you back on the path towards a healthier you.
1. Have a gym induction.
This is a great place to start. A gym instructor will be able to design a programme that will target the areas you want to improve. Once you have a set plan, you can then measure your progress each week.
2. Get a gym buddy to motivate you.
Not only is there a social aspect to having someone by your side but another benefit is the added motivation to go again.
3. Reward yourself.
Putting in all this extra effort in the gym doesn’t mean you can’t reward yourself for going. A low fat treat is sometimes what you need, whether it is a small bar of chocolate or a marathon of your favourite TV show. If you’ve earned it, don’t feel guilty about doing it!
4. Make gym motivation fun.
The thought of doing endless stomach crunches is uninspiring and tedious so you need to make it fun. Most gyms offer a range of classes which can vary from yoga to spinning, boxing to street dance. Give it a go and inject a bit of fun into your workout!
5. Take before and after photos.
This may sound strange but it is a fantastic way to keep track of your progress. In a private place, take a ‘before’ photo of yourself and then every month take another in the same pose. There’s nothing better than physically seeing the change in your body.
6. Make the time to be motivated.
Many people swerve the gym and blame it on lack of time or their work load. A handy tip is to look at your diary and find a set time time where you will be able to go each day. First thing in the morning is a great start to the day and if you don’t have time to go at lunch perhaps go after work instead. It’s all about fitting your work out around your daily routine.
7. Set a goal.
What is your reason in starting the gym again? Have you got a holiday planned and want to get in shape? Or an occasion on the horizon? Whatever the reason, the answer is the same. Make small goals. You are more likely to hit them and it makes it a lot easier to reach your overall goal. The results will then speak for themselves!
With these simple motivational tips, you will be well on your way of achieving your fitness goal and becoming a regular once more at the gym. Just remember to take small steps each day, don’t run before you can walk, literally. If you have this strategy in mind, you can’t fail. Good luck!