With short days and cold nights during the winter, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get to the gym after work. You just want to go home and relax in your cosy bed with a cuppa. But remember summer bodies are made in the winter, so motivate yourself to get to the gym. Even though you don’t feel like it, you will thank yourself afterwards.
If you’re struggling to get to the gym on a regular basis, there are heaps of ways to motivate yourself to go to the gym. Psychologists say that it takes only 21 days to make a habit. Follow these five tips and you’ll change your attitude toward going to the gym. Bring on the sweat!
Get a Gym Buddy
Having a partner-in-crime at the gym is a great way to stay accountable and motivate yourself to get to the gym. It’s only natural to not to want to disappoint someone after making a commitment to them. Turning your gym session into a social session with a friend is a great way to motivate yourself to get in shape. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Track Your Progress
Nothing is more frustrating than working out consistently and not seeing any changes in your body. Chances are there are heaps of changes happening, you’re just not seeing them. Start tracking your progress. Whether you weigh yourself weekly, track the amount of weight you lift or the number of reps you do, that’s progress.
Motivate Yourself by Paying Yourself
Set a goal with a deadline. Every time you go to the gym put a dollar in a jar. Once you meet that goal, take that money and buy yourself something special. Maybe it’s a new Fitbit or workout outfit, or perhaps it’s a delicious dinner at the hippest restaurant in Sydney. Whatever it is, make it good.
Listen to Audiobooks or Podcasts
It’s hard to multitask while working out but it can be done. Start listening to audiobooks or podcasts while you’re on the treadmill or lifting weights. But make sure you only listen to them while working out. If you want to find out the ending to that awesome book you’re listening to during your run, you have to go to the gym to do so.
Motivate Yourself by Signing Up for a Race
Sign up for a running race, triathlon, or charity walk. Circle the date on your calendar. Now you have a goal. It’s easy to stay motivated to go to the gym when you have a goal on the circle. Plus, the race medal will look cool on your wall or your work desk.
There are heaps of ways to motivate yourself to get to the gym during the winter months. Find a way that works for you and get to the gym today!