It’s okay to admit; the gym sucks.
There are a few select and rare people who find some enjoyment out of their time at the gym but for most of us, it’s a real struggle to force ourselves to get there. If you find yourself disillusioned with the gym and unable to get your work schedule back on track, here are some motivational methods to get you back at it.
The very first thing you need do to get yourself motivated is to put yourself in a positive mindset. When you’re having trouble getting back to the gym, you can often be hard on yourself for not getting there. If you start telling yourself that you just don’t have what it takes to get into shape, you may start to convince yourself. Push those thoughts out of your mind and forgive yourself from slipping into a funk. There is nothing wrong with you that prevents you from getting regular exercise, you just may need to overcome some mental barriers.
Get some audio aids.
We’ve spoken about the value of having a fun distraction for your workout. If making it to the gym is a constant struggle for you, it helps to have something you can latch onto the makes the whole this a little more bearable. Put together a playlist of pump-up songs that will motivate you, an engrossing podcast, or an audiobook you just can’t put down. Hopefully this will not only make your trips to the gym tolerable, but maybe even something you look forward to.
Understand what’s holding you back.
Having a bit of self-awareness can be very helpful in helping you get motivated back to a regular workout schedule. Part of that self-awareness come down to understanding why keeping that schedule is difficult for you. Are you tired of your normal workout routine? Are you dismayed by an unrealistic goal? Do you feel there isn’t enough time in the day to get to the gym? Identify the obstacle then you can work to move past it.
Add it into your schedule.
Going back to the last point, saying you don’t have time to exercise is a cop-out. If your schedule if truly too packed to fit in regular and healthy exercise, then your schedule needs to be reworked. Put a trip to the gym into your schedule. It doesn’t need to be a daily thing but try to make it at the same time each day you do go. Before work, after work, lunch hour—establishing a habit will help make it part of your routine.
Get a gym buddy.
A difficult task is always made easier if you’re not alone. Find a gym buddy to help share the time with. This can help to make it less of a chore and more of a social activity. Just make sure you and your buddy are motivators for each other and not enablers for all the times you want to quit or skip out.
Remind yourself why you want this.
What are you goals? What makes you want to get back to the gym? Keep reminding yourself until those goals are reached.