With each passing minute, itâs getting closer to the time Iâm supposed to head to the gym. But Iâm feeling a little tired. Not only that, but I was invited to a little get-together. And did I mention the game will be on?
The excuses we make up to avoid a trip to the gym are endless! But I have some workout motivation tricks up my sleeve that always get me going. And they just might work for you, too.
You know how it is. Some of the timeâor letâs face it, most of the timeâgoing to the gym isnât the most appealing option. If youâre like most people, youâve probably signed up, told yourself youâd go three times per week, and havenât been back since you handed over a boatload of money.
Workout Motivation Tricks That Really Work
So on days like this, where the gym the last place I want to be, Iâm going to need to trick myself into going. Because sometimes the long-term benefitsâmore muscle mass, a healthier heart, etc.âjust arenât doing it for me.
1. Try a Class
If I donât have the self-motivation to do an individual workout, Iâll sign up for a class. My whole outlook changes if I know my name is on a list or that there is a specific time and place Iâm committed to. By not going, itâs like Iâm abandoning a commitment, not an option.
2. Talk about It
This is another effective strategy for getting to the gym. If you talk about it with people you know, you pretty much have to do itâotherwise youâre all talk and no action! When a friend or co-worker asks you what youâre up to or what your plans are, tell them!
3. Leave the Car at Home
If you donât have a gym membership, or if youâre looking to further increase your activity, opting to walk places is a great way to trick yourself into boosting activity. Walking to the grocery store, office, doctorâs appointment, dinner plans, or a friendâs house is a great way to fit more steps into your day and boost activity levels.
4. Get Some Alone Time
Sometimes I just want to be alone and watch TV. But that can be hard to do at home. So Iâll go to the gym, plug my headphones into a cardio machine, and watch some Netflix, sports, a movie, or whatever I feel like. If thereâs a movie or television series youâve been dying to catch up on, cardio provides an amazing opportunity to accomplish some quality viewing.
Trick Yourself into Better Health
Sometimes the best way to get something done is to pretend youâre not really doing it. And getting exercise is one of the more difficult things to get amped up for, so some self-trickery may be in order. Give these workout motivation tricks a try. Hopefully, youâll start getting a little more value out of that gym membership!