I know what it’s like to have everything going to plan, you are rocking it out on your workout program and then something happens and you miss a gym day. Then that missed gym day turns into two gym days and then next thing you know you haven’t gone for a week or two. Then you find yourself in a rut that can seem impossible to get out of. I can remember having moments like that all the time when I first started training and I’ve definitely learnt a thing or two about how to pick myself back up and get back into it. People are always saying that they have trouble staying motivated to exercise, so I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to motivate yourself back to the gym.
1. Forgive yourself
So you have fallen off the wagon, welcome to the club of being human. The worst thing you can do is sit there and beat yourself up over it. All that will do is leave you feeling even worse about yourself and you will continue to stay in a rut. Alot of motivation comes from how you feel about yourself, so it's important that you quickly forgive yourself and get back into a positive mindset as soon as possible.
2. Visualise achieving your goals
I’m hoping you already have some goals written down and if you don’t now is the perfect time to write some. It's nearly impossible to achieve something if you don't have a clear picture of what you want. Once you have your goals written down then you need to sit there and visualise how good you are going to feel when you reach them. Visualisation can be a very powerful tool that elite athletes use to win comps, so read your goals and visualise as much as you can.
3. Identify and remove barriers
If you have stopped going to the gym or working out because of some common barriers that keep popping up, then it can be good to identify those barriers and then work on getting rid of them or minimising them as much as possible. Perhaps a barrier in going to the gym is that you always get stuck at work late and then miss your workout. If that’s the case then get your workouts done in the morning. If getting out of bed is a struggle, then make sure you are prepared the night before. Once you have the barriers removed then you will have less things getting in the way of you and your workouts.
4. Find daily motivators
Find pictures of a “body” that is similar to your shape and close to what you want to aim for. Every time you are thinking about missing a gym session or planned workout look at the photos and remind yourself what you want and again why. Remember that you’re not trying to look like the people in these pictures; you are using their success as motivation for you to become YOUR best self. Create yourself a vision board with motivating sayings and things or people that inspire you. Place it somewhere that you can see it daily, so you have that constant motivation around you.
5. Get a workout buddy
You’re far more likely to make it to the gym if you are being held accountable by someone else. So find yourself a workout buddy who has similar goals to you and keep each other motivated. Tell each other your weekly goals and then stick to them. Sometimes just having that extra little push from someone else is all it takes to help you get to your goals.
6. Get rid of your excuses
Sometimes the biggest thing getting in the way of you and your goals is you. I see too many times people sit back and make excuse after excuse on why they can’t do something. So instead of sitting there and using your time on making excuses, decide right now you are no longer going to accept them any more. As at the end of the day reaching your goals is all up to you and the choices you make. You can either sit and believe the excuses or chose to do something about them.
7. Change it up
Sometimes we lose motivation for our gym workout because we get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. If I ever feel myself getting bored from the same routine, then I’ll make sure I start to mix it up to keep my motivation going. My latest F.I.T. programs do just that. Every four weeks your workouts and meals change to not only get maximum results but so you don’t get bored of the same old program.
It takes not only desire and self belief to get what you want, but it also takes hard work and dedication. You must be prepared to put in the effort to reach your goals and keep motivated. Getting there doesn’t happen accidentally and it doesn’t just come to you. You have to do all you can to get it. If you’ve been standing in your own way and putting limits on who and what you can be, then it's up to you to change it. Take action, dump all the excuses and road blocks you’re putting up and make it happen. Remember motivation comes as a daily habit, so it’s something you need to practice and with time it will get easier, I promise.