It’s great to give yourself a physical goal to aim for, such as better health, or to lose weight, but often we are motivated far more when we can see the rewards immediately. One way to ensure you get back to the gym is to promise yourself a reward afterwards that makes you happy – a film, a snack, or a drink with friends.
We make the link in our minds that going to the gym leads to a nice treat at the end and therefore, going to the gym suddenly seems like a much better idea!
This really is putting your money where your mouth is – but it can work very well. If you are buddying up to go to the gym, then make a contract between you that if you skip a session (for no good reason), you have to pay £5 – or whatever it costs to make you wince.
The thought of losing money by skipping the gym may well be the motivation you need to keep you focused.
Many believe that if you can visualise the positives of going to the gym – like the feeling you get mid-workout, and the transformational effects of a good gym session - then you’ll be more likely to drag yourself out of bed or off the sofa to actually get out to the gym in the first place.
We are team players at heart. We like to be encouraged, and to feel part of something. If you can find a workout group that is inclusive and makes you feel good then you’re more likely to stick at it and keep going back to the gym.
Other people have a huge motivational impact on us and so if you can find your fitness tribe, it’s likely you’ll be kept on the straight and narrow.
Being with other people really lifts me, even when I don't think it will. But when it comes to exercising, I still like to go it alone so I don't have to think about other people keeping up with me (or me keeping up with them!)
Definitely reward yourself with something for working out,. Personally, food is always a great motivator for me, so I let myself have a little treat after every gym visit.
'the tribe' really does matter in an exercise class. People that encourage you and that you enjoy being with make all the difference.