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4 Ways To Help You Stay Motivated To Work Out

4 Ways To Help You Stay Motivated To Work Out

Everyone knows that exercising is good for your physical health and mental health. However, even though we know that exercising provides such amazing benefits, it can still be difficult to motivate ourselves to step foot in a gym.

Maybe you have decided to make a change in your life and you wish to get back into the gym more frequently; to feel that surge of motivation run through you. But after a few weeks, that motivation slowly starts to diminish and you may notice yourself falling back into old, unhealthy habits while ghosting the gym. A rainy day may come along and give you an excuse to not go for that morning run and instead sleeping in an extra hour becomes much more enticing. But how do you fight these intrusive thoughts and stay on track with your workout routines? One of the best ways to do so is to hire a personal trainer to keep you accountable and give you the motivation to keep working hard to reach your fitness goals. There are also many different techniques you can use to keep yourself motivated.

4 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Work Out

Write Down Your Goals And Change Your Perspective

Losing weight or obtaining your dream body is not always enough motivation to keep you wanting to return to the gym and work your hardest. You cannot always rely on external factors such as getting in shape for a vacation in a month to motivate you. You will need to dig deep and truly identify your “why” for wanting to work out to give you an emotional and personal investment in your goals. Shift your couch potato mentality or your “ I have no time” mentality to thinking like an athlete. Think of each workout as a contribution to a bigger picture and treat each workout as a blessing rather than a sacrifice. 

Give Yourself A Reward

Some people may be motivated by the simple goal of losing weight or improving their health. But these vague rewards may not be enough to motivate some people to step foot in the gym, let alone keep going back. Make the benefits of your workouts more tangible by treating yourself to a healthy salad or smoothie from your favorite cafe, or by watching an extra episode of your TV show while you unwind after your workout. This neurological “habit loop” will allow your mind to make the behaviour of exercising seem worthwhile and will increase the odds that the routine will become a habit.

Make Exercising Fun

By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated. Design your exercise routines so that they incorporate different exercises and alternative environments. Make sure you include activities that you truly enjoy and look forward to doing like dancing, cycling, hiking, swimming, and so much more. You do not always need to limit yourself to a squat rack and dumbbell weights to get an effective workout in. Go for an evening bike ride outside or do early morning yoga before work to shake your routine up a bit. By incorporating different exercises, you will be challenging your body in a unique way each time while targeting different muscle groups you may not even know you had.

Hire A Personal Trainer

Whether you want to get in shape, develop an individualized workout program to support your weight loss goals, or need that extra accountability to help you stay motivated, a personal trainer can be an excellent resource. By hiring a personal trainer, you will not only be mentally committed but you will also be financially invested in showing up to your workouts. You are paying your trainer to push you and help you see results that you could not achieve on your own. They will be able to educate you as well as make a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your individual fitness or weight loss goals.

Find Your Motivation With A Calgary Personal Trainer

If exercising was easy, almost everyone would be doing it. Fighting off that internal dialogue that tells you to skip a workout and stay home in bed instead is exhausting. Ignoring these intrusive thoughts and not giving in to them can be mentally challenging making it difficult to follow through on your plan to prioritize your fitness. By setting your goals, giving yourself small rewards, hiring a personal trainer, and most importantly having fun, you will be able to sustain the motivation to keep showing up to the gym.

If you have struggled to hold yourself accountable in achieving your weight loss or fitness goals, contact us. Our personal training programs will provide you with all of the support you need to achieve your personal goals while keeping your surge of motivation at an all-time high.

FAQs

Q. How long does it take before I start seeing results from regularly working out?

Results will be dependent on how often you exercise and what kinds of workouts you are performing. It is common to notice results in yourself after 3-4 weeks of regular workouts. These small changes such as improved posture and improved endurance become noticeable and after 3-4 months, most individuals start noticing their physical form changing with increased muscle tone.

Q. How often should I work out?

It is recommended that you exercise three to four days a week with rest days in between. Rest days are just as important as your workouts as they allow your body to recover and muscles to adapt and become stronger.

Q. What should I look for in a personal trainer?

Before you commit to a personal trainer, identify what your fitness goals are and what qualities you would like to look for in your trainer. The main things to look for in your trainer are their credentials, personality, and experience.


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Shayne Jensen

Shayne Jensen

Shayne has been entrenched in Health and Fitness for the better part of life. In his youth, Shayne played Soccer and Tennis. He also played multiple seasons of Hockey, Football, Baseball and competitive Squash. Being raised so close to the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. A fierce competitor to all sports, at the young age of thirteen, Shayne found a new calling, he moved his athleticism from the courts to the gym.


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