• Serena McGowan

3 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Gym

Motivating yourself to go to the gym isn’t always easy. It’s so easy to come up with excuses for not going, not getting up early or not getting it done after work, school, etc. However, just as quickly as you convinced yourself not to go, you can convince yourself to go. Here are some tips and things that I do to keep myself motivated and excited to go to the gym.

Remember Your “Why”

What I mean by this is remember why you started in the first place. Goals change over time but everyone has that initial reason for wanting to start going to the gym. I originally started going to lose weight and feel my best. I’ve always been interested in eating healthy, but wanted to pair working out with it. The idea of going to the gym was appealing but when I finally got in there, I had no idea what to do. At the time, Lucille Roberts had a circuit of machines that targeted every body part. The first day I started there, a lady showed me how each machine worked and suggested starting with four sets of ten reps per machine. I stuck with this for a while. Eventually, I added in some cardio and abs and thought I was all set.

A few years went by and I started to get bored of my own routines and stopped going to the gym all together. I lost some motivation because I didn’t know what to do. I started watching Youtube videos to get inspired and eventually used those videos as my workouts. Looking back, I would never do that again, but at the time, it did help me. I constantly remembered why I started and that became my goal once again.

Work With a Coach

This may not be financially feasible for everyone, but working with a coach has changed my fitness world for the better. She constantly motivates me to be my best, to manifest in myself, and to constantly work towards new goals with a plan of action. Every six to eight weeks, she writes up a new workout split for me and never fails to challenge me with exercises I never thought I’d be doing. Not only does she provide workouts, but also nutrition recommendations and meal plans based on my current and future goals. This has helped me majorly with meal prepping and staying on track with an insane schedule.

Plaster Your Goals Everywhere

Ever hear the saying, “Goals don’t work unless you do?” This is 100% true. How do you expect to reach goals without putting some work on? It can be very easily to think about your goals but then have them fade into the sunset because you either forgot about them or lost interest. I specifically write my goals down each month and keep them in my notebook. I reference that notebook throughout the month and keep track of my progression to obtain those goals. Sometimes I’ll put them in my phone, on sticky notes on my desk, or in my planner. You have to keep your goals and vision visible so that you don’t lose sight of them whether they’re long term or short term.