10 Tricks to Get Motivated to Hit the Gym
Bring a Buddy
Get accountability partners. Your journey to fitness is a lot more fun and fulfilling when you have others to take the journey with. I have awesome people urging me on.
, Beachbody coach
Consider the Aftermath
Don't think about whether or not you feeling like going to the gym right now. Just think about how darn good you're going to feel afterwards, and get moving to the gym now. Don't cheat yourself out of feeling incredible or looking good. Feelings are temporary. Once you get going, you'll feel so much better.
, holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor
Keep It Real
Begin with small, achievable, realistic goals. Your confidence will get a huge boost, and confidence is a key ingredient in behavior change and forming new habits.
, wellness coach
Find a Reason
The easiest way to get motivated to go to the gym is by finding something worth training for. Whether it's to fit into a wedding dress, improve your time in a race, or lower your cholesterol, having that end goal in mind will really help.
-Pat Gilles, personal trainer and owner of
Create a Killer Playlist
Listen to your favorite music to get you pumped and ready to work out... Lady Gaga anyone?!
-Dr. Ray DiBartolomeo, chiropractor at
Get a Little Competitive
Knowing that you're kicking butt when others are slacking will motivate you. When you go out, people will ask why you have that glow.
, ultra-runner, speaker, and cyclist
Get Help from a Pro
Hire a personal trainer at least until you're in the rhythm of going to the gym. Make sure, however, that your trainer is qualified. I would recommend hiring an individual with a degree in Exercise Science, Motor Learning, Applied Physiology, or Personal Training and a national certification from NSCA or ACSM. There are a lot of these trainers, and if you don't want to go to a gym, search for a trainer with these qualifications to train you at home. Any personal trainer you hire should provide you with an assessment and a written exercise program.
-Angela Corcoran, director of education at The Cybex Research Institute
Read Fitness Magazines
Magazines like Shape and my professional publications motivate the heck out of me to get to the gym. I find new exercises to try and my gym has all the equipment and toys I need.
, certified personal trainer
Follow Your Routine
I motivate myself to get to the gym without any real problem, in general. I have a plan in place for my workout routines for the week, and I follow it regularly. Each day, I have a different workout planned, and it is part of my daily routine. If I don’t go to the gym, I just don’t feel like my day has been complete.
, personal trainer
Some people talk all day long about what they are going to do but ironically remain perpetually stagnant. Did you ever notice that those who actually achieve their goals are the one's barely talking? Take action, stop talking about it—do it.
-Eric Broser, professional bodybuilder and Planet Muscle Magazine monthly columnist