When it comes to working out, staying motivated is among the hardest parts, aside from actually getting to the gym itself. Some of us have busier lifestyles that make scheduling things difficult to begin with, including sleep. If you are already lacking in sleep, it can make adding anything else into the day even more of a challenge. Then, after a while this often affects your motivation to even get up in the mornings, right?
You know that snooze button, we all hit it on occasion. It’s a love/hate relationship, you love to sleep in, but realize it’s the enemy of gym workouts, and being productive in general. For example, say you mapped out your sleep pattern, giving yourself enough time to hit the gym before work the next day. Your alarm goes off in the morning, then you hit the snooze button, maybe a couple times, before you actually get up.
Did you know, just an additional 10 minutes can drastically throw you off schedule? Imagine if you hit snooze multiple times. Once you actually get up, you won’t’ have enough time for the gym and make it to work on time, so you sacrifice your workout. This is a common scenario for many people, and it is one that can greatly impact your workout routines, and motivation.
The following are several tips showing a better way of fitting in your workout, and be consistent.
Breaking Your Rules
Let’s say your plan is to hit the gym three times a week, say Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. You make it Monday, but something came up Wednesday and you had to skip the workout. Your next planned workout isn’t’ until Friday, so do you just wait? Why? Break your rule and make up for Wednesday’s workout sometime on Thursday, and then keep your Friday time too.
Do Not Focus On the End Result
Having a visual goal set is one thing, it can be a reminder of your end game, your desire, the purpose of going to the gym. However, getting a six-pack is going to be time consuming, a long-term goal that requires a lot of dedication and devotion. The first few weeks may result in some quick progress towards these goals, but eventually the body adjusts to the new routine. The results will slow down, and this is where many people hit a wall. This wall is often referred to as the “plateau” stage where progress seems to stop.
It is important at this point to keep going, and not give up. If you are constantly looking in the mirror and thinking about the end results, it often causes lack of motivation, as it can be a letdown. For some, it can even cause depression because of the “I’ve worked so hard, but don’t see results” aspect.
Rather than focusing on your long-term goal, create smaller (realistic) short-term goals. As you hit these smaller goals it gives your motivation an extra boost of accomplishment. You can also remind yourself of all the health benefits your body is getting just from being active several times a week. That should be the key motivator, not looks.
Tag Your Workouts
In today’s society, nearly everyone is on social media, be it Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or one of the other many platforms. Take advantage of this interest and use it to keep yourself motivated by tagging your workouts. By tagging your gym workouts your friends will be able to follow your journey and leave you positive feedback, keep you hyped up and most importantly, ensure you remain motivated.
Everyone will have busy days where they have to skip a gym workout, or straight up bad days. The important thing is that you always combat excuses with reasons to get in the gym. Be it a comment on social media pushing you to the max, or showing up on a non-scheduled day for a gym class.
Remember, there is always going to be an excuse to use for not going to the gym, but all you need is one reason to get yourself in the door. The only thing harder than getting to the gym, is sticking to the nutrition.