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If you’re joining a new gym and haven’t been active for a while, it can take a while for new habits to form and become a pattern.
Ways to motivate to go to the gym
So, here are some ways to motivate yourself to go in the meantime.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re working out at the gym. The air can be dry and if you’re not used to exercising, you will get thirsty quickly. If you find water boring, you can opt for Juiceburst instead.
It tastes delicious, and each bottle counts as one of your five a day. It’s also vegan friendly, with no added sugar. So, it’s the perfect drink to motivate you to work out and keep you hydrated, so you’re more likely to build up to longer gym sessions.
Buy new gym clothes
Buying new clothes even if they are for the gym, can be a powerful motivator. You will also feel more prepared to work out. Wearing old clothes you lounge around the house in can put you in the frame of mind for relaxing at home rather than pushing your limits in the gym.
Also, a specific gym outfit means you won’t feel out of place. Starting at a new gym can be daunting, so anything which helps your confidence is a good thing.
Mix-up your routine
If you change your routine instead of following the same workout all the time, you can prevent yourself from getting bored and giving up. Another advantage is you get to find out what works best for you.
Spending 10 minutes each on several different pieces of gym equipment lets you try everything. You will have some you prefer more than others, and because most keep a count of your calories burned, you will learn which is more effective. Then you can create routines that work best for you.
As these become easier, don’t be afraid to increase the time or intensity level. You might also add a gym class or two each week to avoid exercising alone all the time.
Team up with a friend
If you enjoy exercising with others, why not ask a friend to join the gym with you? There are many benefits to this, including one of you motivating the other when they’re tempted to skip a pre-planned gym session.
You also have someone to talk to and if you need it, you have someone to spot you while you lift weights. You can also thrive on each other’s progress and make a friendly competition out of it.
Setting goals gives you something to work towards. If you join a gym without doing this, you won’t have a clear idea of what you’re working towards. You might want to lose weight, improve your fitness, or build up muscle. By setting specific goals, you will know when you reach them. When you do, you can set new goals.
Getting the initial motivation to go to the gym can be the most challenging part. Once you get into a routine and see the results, it will become easier.
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio