Gym Chat - What Keeps Me Motivated?

When 2017 came along I decided that this will be the year I will kick myself in the butt and make a real effort to improve my fitness and health and actually stick to it this year (Hopefully) Therefore I decided to hit up my local gym and I’m proud to say I'm still hitting the gym three times a week and actually enjoying it (Well Sometimes). I’ve developed a kind of love hate relationship with the gym however I’m working on staying motivated and learning to love working out again. So I thought I'd do a little post on what keeps me going when it comes to the gym. 

1) Plan Those Workouts 

So first things first and this is probably one of the most important things for me personally is to plan your work out before you get to the gym. This may sound simple but there’s nothing worse than getting to the gym and having no idea what you’re going to do as you will end up wandering the gym contemplating what you could do when you should be smashing your workout already. So I usually just write up a quick list in the notes on my phone on what I want to do on each of my gym days. This helps me know what I need to do when I get to the gym and this way I know I’m making the most of my time in the gym which is going to get me the best results in the long run. It's also super important to mix it up a bit and make sure you’re not doing the same routine all the time as this can lead to you getting bored plus trying out new routines and exercises can be fun and is something to look forward too when you get to the gym. So overall pre-planning your workouts is going to help you get the best results and also keep you super pumped for the gym.

2) New Gym Clothes! 

Right guys I know that this one sounds super materialistic but getting some new gym clothes is a really good motivator to get you in that gym. If you have new clothes that you feel hella good in then your simply going to want to wear them now as there gym clothes the best place to wear them is the gym meaning that you’re going to want to be in the gym more using your shiny new active wear.  I appreciate that not everyone will have the money to just buy a new outfit every time they need a little motivation and I’m not saying I recommend this as a consistent fix but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to some new active wear to boost your spirit every now and again that’s all.  

3) Buddy Up!

This is 100% what motivates me to get my butt to the gym the most; I can’t recommend getting a gym buddy enough. There are sooo many positives from gymming with your friend such as not only are you getting a catch up but your also smashing your fitness goals at the same time and also having a friend at the gym to workout with is also amazing for partner workouts which you can do together but also you can motivate each other to keep going and push yourselves. If all this wasn’t enough I feel having someone to go to the gym with also motivates me to go as I feel as though I’m letting someone down If I don’t go as if it was just me I guarantee I wouldn’t be going as frequently as I am now but I hate the thought of letting someone down so it keeps me going to the gym and not making excuses for myself as to why I can’t go.

4) Track your Progress.

Another way I keep myself wanting to workout is by tracking my progress, now by this I don’t mean simply jumping on the scale and writing down a number as honestly since I’ve joined the gym my weight has been all over the place as you will put on weight, lose weight and everyone’s body deals with this differently. So the way I track my progress is by taking a progress picture every month and compare them as the months go on. Honestly I think this is the best way to see your progress as this way it’s more than just a number and there’s so much more to take in to account. You can see which parts of your body you are less confidant with and watch them to see the change and it’s just a healthier way of tracking your progress without beating yourself up over a number on a scale.

5) Reward Yo'self!

Finally it is so important to reward yourself, if you’ve been hitting up the gym all week and working hella hard then of course you deserve a treat. Now this can be anything from food clothes, makeup or just whatever you love. I tend to mix it up a bit and if I feel as though I’ve worked extra hard I will treat myself to a cheat meal or a new pair of gym leggings. All I would say is if you favoring the food treats just remember that moderation is key as long as you keep your diet as balanced as possible there shouldn’t really be too many restrictions as this is just going to bring you down if anything instead of bringing you up. So in this case just make sure you balance out your food intake and you should be all good!

I think thats everything so I hope this post helped if your struggling with motivation and I know I will look back at this when I hit a bit of a go slow with my workouts.