| 1. FIND YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHEERLEADER
The only reason I joined the gym in the first place, was because my brother loves the gym.
- He loves going to the gym.
- He loves talking about the gym.
- He loves talking about different muscles groups, and what you should be doing to train what area.
- He loves talking about what foods you should be eating
Basically he is in love with the gym, and everything associated with working out.
And because he is SO passionate about it, I find it really rubs onto me.
When I first agreed to start working out, I asked him to show me how to use every single machine in the gym. And I’m not talking just the usual treadmill, rower etc
I wanted him to show me how to use all the weight lifting and cable machines too. Because if I’m paying ££ to go every month – I’m getting my money’s worth out of it!
And it also built up my confidence to use the machines when I’m training on my own
Another reason why, it’s great to have that person – is because when I first started out, I wanted to celebrate every little achievement, from doing an extra 20 reps, going up 10kg in weights or aching in muscles I never knew I had – I could tell that person, and I knew they would genuinely care and be actually interested.
Whereas, I have some friends who, although are so happy to see me doing well, they can get bored of the gym talk very easily, which I can completely understand
So go find your own personal cheerleader!
| 2. STYLE IT OUT
One of the first things I did after paying for my membership, was go out and buy new gym clothes.
This was a completely new shopping experience for me – despite working for JD Sports, I have never shopped there or in any gym section of any shops before!
I had no idea what size sports bra I needed, what type of trainers I needed or whether I preferred long or short leggings etc
So I used my work discount and picked up some basic black Nike and Addias options – I kept it pretty safe and unadventurous to begin with, see what I bought in one of my earlier POSTS
But now that I’ve got myself into a routine, and I know it wasn’t just a phase, I’m planning to pick up some more colourful pieces to make dressing for the gym abit more fun
Plus, I think If you’re working out so hard and your body is absolutely killing it, then why not show it off – go get that fluorescent pink sports bra, with that mesh overlay top! Why not!?
Plus have you seen what some of the guys wear!
| 3. SET YOURSELF MICRO CHALLENGES
Set yourself small and long term goals. Ones that are actually achievable and most importantly realistic.
One of mine long term goals is to get really good ab definition. I know everyone already have abs, but the hardest part is getting them to actually show up. I can feel every single one of mine – but I just need to lose that stubborn layer of fat on top
So one of my short term goal is to work on my diet to help reduce my body percentage fat, and carry on working on the most effective exercise routines that targets that specific ab area
But sometimes, even my short term goals can be quite vague, so to actually help me get through a daily gym session, I also set my myself micro challenges.
So quite often, when I’m training on my own in the gym, I would secretly compete with the person on the machine next to me to push me to work even harder!
If I’m on the rower, I find myself rowing at the same pace as them.
If I’m the step machine, I’d climb the stairs at the same speed as them.
Try it! It really does work and I’m pretty sure no one’s ever noticed.
| 4. DON’T MEASURE WEIGHT, MEASURE INCHES
One of the most important things my brother taught me, was to not weigh myself constantly.
Don’t get obsessed over what number is on the scales
When I first started out, I lost 8lbs in 3 weeks, which this POST goes into more details about. I felt amazing, my clothes were slightly looser, certain areas were not as wobbly, and I was loving life basically.
However, the majority of that was water weight
Although I’ve kept that weight off, which is great, I’ve not lost nearly as much since. Partly because, I’ve gained alot more muscle instead
So instead of measuring weight, we measure body inches, so you can physically see how you’re body is changing as a result of all your hard work
Track your successes, and celebrate the little wins. If you did something, that 1/2 weeks ago you couldn’t even finish – celebrate it!
But don’t get too disheartened if you don’t see any changes for weeks. Keep working at it, and your body will catch up!
| 5. SAVE THE INSPOS
The final way that has really helped to keep me motivated is to follow a ton of fitness and Instagram accounts.
I’m always on my phone anyway flicking through Instagram, Twitter & Snapschat – so if I have all these extra ‘inspo’ accounts, they act as a constant reminder for me
Whether that be quick exercise routines, what to wear for the gym, what to eat for breakfast or just pictures of your ideal figure
Whatever the picture might be, I’ve set up a link via IFTTT.com, so everytime I like any picture on Instagram, it automatically gets saved into a Flickr folder for me, so I will always have that picture if I wanted to to refer back to it easily
I chose Flickr, but you could save them to Dropbox, Facebook, Tumblr etc
| RETRAIN YOUR MIND AND FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES
Of course everyone is always going to have their off days, when they really really can’t be bothered – and yknow what, that is absolutely fine. If any of these 5 tips have helped you stay motivated, then I’m happy!
Going to the gym shouldn’t be seen as an inconvenience, or a chore you put off till the weekend – negative associations will always put you off from doing something
Focus on the positives, and retrain you mind to highlight all the benefits from working out. You should do it because you want to, so schedule gym time into your routine, and it will soon become a part of your lifestyle! x