Here are some tips to help you stay motivated in the gym. This list features some tips you can use to keep yourself going to the gym long after most people have quit.
Break Down Your Goals:
Set weekly or monthly goals (lose .5 kg a week, gain .2kg in lean muscle mass a month etc.) rather than envisioning what you want to accomplish a year or two years from now.
How to stay motivated
Whereas music motivates some, it distracts others. If you like music and it doesn’t bother you at all, then consider playing your favourite tunes to boost your workout or to amp you up when you don’t feel like working out. Music is a great motivator!
Changing routines regularly will keep you mentally fresh and your body challenged. If you do what you have always done, you get what you’ve always had. Change exercises or use different techniques, mix it up and keep the body guessing. Ideally change routines every 8-12 weeks.
Take pictures of yourself every two to four weeks and keep a picture diary to track progress. Pictures of other athletes can be very inspirational! Once you have the image in mind, you will start to take action to attain results.
Find a Workout Buddy:
The best motivation comes from training with somebody else ideally with a similar fitness goal. Buddying up with someone might pull you along the days you are less motivated or help you to get that extra repetition out. A bit of competition won’t hurt you. It is great to achieve goals together. It also helps to build a friendship in case you move to a new city or country.
Everybody should have worked out a short while with a personal trainer at some point. Apart from proper motivation you will learn new tricks, clean exercise forms, and effective training techniques. Not all personal trainers are a good match, so be aware of what you need (based on your goals) and find somebody you like and trust.