10 Ways to Motivate Yourself at the Gym

You know, reasons besides the thought of your future washboard abs and buns of steel.

1. Reward Yourself

Reward Yourself

Being able to look forward to something before heading to the gym not only will encourage you to go, but it will make the workout seem more worthwhile. Give yourself a treat every time you get back from the gym, like a healthy smoothie, letting yourself watch your favorite TV show, or hitting the sauna.

2. Make a Perfect Playlist

Make a Perfect Playlist

Music is a powerful force to get you pumped up. Spend some time creating the ultimate workout playlist. Change it up often so you never get bored.

3. Bring a Friend

Bring a Friend

Setting a date and time to go to the gym with your friend is a sure way to make you show up. They’ll be holding you accountable, and nobody wants to be the flaky friend. Bringing a friend to the gym also gives you a big confidence boost, you’re not in this alone.

4. Stop Stressing

Stop Stressing

No one has ever just walked into a gym and dead lifted 200 pounds. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get up to that point. It’s okay if you run too slow, get tired, or can’t perform as well as the other people at the gym. People will respect you just for showing up and trying to improve yourself.

5. Have a Real Goal

Have a Real Goal

Saying “I want to lose 10 pounds,” is fine, but it’s easier if you have a goal you can imagine. Have a picture of a dress you want to fit in, sign up for a 5K you want to finish, book a trip to an exotic beach.

6. Channel Your Anger

Channel Your Anger

Exercise is a great way to work out your tensions. If someone makes you angry at work, use that to fuel you to run an extra mile.

7. Give it Three Weeks

Give it Three Weeks

It takes just three weeks to form a habit. Just three weeks until going to the gym becomes second nature. In the long run, three weeks is nothing.

8. Make Friends

Make Friends

Talk to the receptionist, the trainers, the people helping clean up the space, and others there working out. Seeing people you like and recognize in a new space will make it a much more enjoyable experience. Soon, you’ll look forward to going to the gym so you can talk to them.

9. New Workout Clothes

New Workout Clothes

Splurging on some new workout clothes will absolutely encourage you to go to the gym. No one wants to buy something they never use.

10. Overcome the Hardest Part

Overcome the Hardest Part

The hardest part about going to the gym is… actually going to the gym. Recognize that. As soon as you walk through the doors, the hardest part is already over. Running a mile or lifting is so much easier than just starting.