If you don’t have time to go to the gym, you may need to work out at your home. While it may be tempting to just sit on the couch instead, go on Youtube and start searching for workouts. There have so many different types of videos, it’ll be hard to find a reason why you can’t find one that works for you.
While social media can be a big distraction, it’s also a great way to find inspiration. Search hashtags like #fitness#workouts#abs#lunges and #squats for inspiration. If you are looking online at other people working out, this will trick into doing the same.
If you are having a hard time getting motivated, think about how you feel when you don’t work out. Being lazy makes you feel heavy, lethargic and irritable. Then think about how you feel when you do workout, when you’ve reached your goals and lost weight. The memory of those positive feelings will hopefully get you moving.
Sometimes you just need to go to the gym, even if you don’t want to. Just focus on getting out the door and driving there. You may not know what you will do there and how long you’ll be there once you get there, but just go. Once you do and you see everyone else working out you will feel like you have you do it too.
You can easily convince yourself that you don’t have a free hour, so you don’t have time to workout. The truth is, is that even if you only have 15 minutes, you can still get an amazing high intensity workout. If you tell yourself that you only have to work out for 15 minutes, it’ll be much easier to convince yourself to actually do it.
Make a deal with yourself. If you go to the gym, you can buy that cute shirt at the boutique next door or that smoothie you love. If you workout, you’ll be able to have some drinks with the girls the next night without feeling super guilty. If you see the gym as a reason to be rewarded than maybe you’ll do it. Just don’t go overboard!
If you make a lunch plan next door to your gym, then you’ll have to go. If you plan it into your day like it is an appointment than you are more likely to go. You have an appointment with your health so you better show up.
An accountability partner is always key. If you can’t afford a personal trainer, sign up for classes or buy a gym membership with a friend. If you know someone is depending on you, you are going to show up.
Set little goals for yourself and pretend that working out is a game. If you go for a walk/run, time yourself with your phone’s stopwatch and walk one minute and then run one minute and repeat. Try one minute of jumping jacks and then rest for 20 seconds, etc. Timing your exercises break it up and make it feel like a game.
If you pay for a gym membership, you are more likely to go than if your fitness options were free. If you buy that package of classes, you’ll feel like you have to show up. If you paid for that personal trainer you are going, hell or high water!
If you don’t have an actual gym buddy, find accountability in other ways. Make a friend call you at 10am to make sure you are going to the gym. Tell your mom to get on your case about it. It’ll be annoying, but it’ll work! Guilt goes a long way.
If you are in desperate need of catching up on phone calls, make your calls while walking around the block. You can do this on a lunch break or around your neighborhood at home. You’ll get two important things done at once, and you won’t feel like time is standing in your way to get either task accomplished.
If you are lugging around your gym clothes all day, you are going to feel really silly if you don’t go. If the gym is on your way to work, you can even stop in on the way and put your gym bag into a locker. Then at the end of the day, you’ll have to go either way because your clothes are waiting for you.
If you surround yourself with people who love working out and taking care of themselves, it’ll rub off on you. If you are cutting back on drinking and late nights, waking up for the gym will be a breeze. Surround yourself with people who love working out, and you’ll want to work out too.