Incredibly Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
Sometimes the whole working out thing just doesn’t seem to work out. You know you want a beach body that you can show off. You try an envision yourself as the next David Beckham or Jenn Setter. However, you just can’t find the proper motivation to get yourself to go to the gym a few days a week.
The truth is that going to the gym takes a tremendous amount of willpower. Very few people actually look forward to pumping iron or exhausting their bodies a few hours a week when laying in bed and watching Netflix just sounds way more appealing. It can be incredibly difficult to get motivated to even go to the gym, much less stay there for a long time. You face countless obstacles: telling yourself not to quit before you finish your sets, fighting for machines and equipment when they’re open, and dealing with “gymtimidation,” the daunting feeling you get when you start comparing your scrawny and out-of-shape self to the guy next to you who is curling 70-lb dumbbells.
All of these little things drain your will power and fighting these obstacles consumes energy. Combine this with the already present mental and physical exhaustion from doing your normal workout and your trip to the gym can become overwhelmingly difficult. Going to the gym is no easy feat, but making the effort to exercise has endless benefits. Not only will you feel better about the way you look, which is probably why most people do it, consistent exercise will make you happier, improve your sleep, build your willpower, boost your confidence, and increase your immunity to a wide variety of diseases.
Clearly, exercise has numerous upsides, but motivating yourself can be a chore within itself. Luckily, there are many ways to overcome these obstacles and get yourself going so that you can be the very best version of yourself. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to your dream body in no time:
Set your goals
Everything starts with knowing what you want to do. Perhaps you want to lose weight or get six-pack abs Maybe you want to tone up your legs or sculpt a bigger butt. Have a vision of what your ideal self looks like. Anything great that has ever been accomplished has always started with a vision or a desire. Once you can imagine your ideal self, you can work towards it. If you want to take an extra step further, put a picture of someone with the ideal body as your phone background. That way, every time you open your phone, you will see your future self and become motivated to look like that.
Set a plan. Now that you have your goals, you have to know howto achieve them. Do this by setting SMART goals: Specific: Saying “lose weight” isn’t enough. Specify exactly how much you want to lose or how much muscle you want to gain. The less abstract it is the better. Measurable: Lucky for you, most workout goals can be measured in weight gained/lost, number of reps completed, and amount of weight used.