Tips on How to Stay Motivated in the Gym
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Learning to stay motivated is essential to success in the gym. Whether it is your first day or you are an Olympic athlete, without proper motivation, you will never reach your goals. While daily life can make getting to the gym a challenge, here are 10 tips to help you stay motivated in the gym.

Be Realistic

It is important that you set goals that you can attain. If your goals are unrealistic, you will never seem to succeed which will discourage you and overshadow the progress you have made. Part of being realistic is not comparing yourself to others. Everyone has their own motivations and experiences and it will only impact your progress negatively to compare apples to oranges.

Start Slow and Don't Burnout

Lots of beginners sabotage their success by pushing too hard. They may either injure themselves or be overly sore and decide to skip the next day’s work out. Any progress, no matter how slow, should be considered a success.

Record Your Progress

Keeping track of progress provides motivation by constantly reminding you of where you have been and where you are going. If you feel discouraged about your progress, simply look at how much bigger, stronger, or slimmer you are than a few weeks ago. Record your weight, times, or the amount of weight you are lifting on a few exercises to create helpful benchmarks.

Choose Motivational Music

Music can make all the difference in a workout. In addition to keeping chatty people from interrupting your workout, it can help to get you in the right mindset before a workout or help you push through your last few reps.

Switch it Up

It is easy to get into a dull routine in which your body is as bored as you are. It is important to avoid this and keep your workout interesting by changing your routine. If you normally run on the treadmill, try playing basketball with friends instead. Try replacing your time on a stationary bike with an exercise class. You will only stay motivated if your workouts remain interesting.

Timing is Everything

Everyone has a time of day during which they feel most alert and active. Whether it is first thing in the morning or late at night, find your ideal time to work out when you are feeling your best.

Simplicity is Key

If your workouts involve complicated exercises or they vary too much, it will be much harder for you to follow them. In most cases, it is better to stick to the essentials such as squats, bench press, and pull-ups than to try things like pronated balance ball curls. This will also reduce the likelihood of injury.

The Power of Teamwork

Sometimes the best motivation comes from other people. Many people decide to hire a trainer or a coach especially as beginners. Once you know your way around the gym, a workout partner can provide the same type of motivation without the cost. It forces you to be accountable to someone else and makes skipping a day less appealing.

The Gym Pact App

This free app’s benefits are twofold. First it can provide you with that occasional extra push that you may need to get yourself to the gym. Second, it makes you money. It works by having a group of fitness-minded people contribute between $5 and $10 to a community pot. If a member misses a workout, his or her cash is distributed to the rest of the group. Putting a cash value on workouts can be a great motivator but there is always the potential to lose money.

Reward Yourself

 Working out is hard work. Reward your body for all the hardships you have put it through. Try getting a massage or buying new clothes to show off the progress you have made.