One of the hardest things to do in order to be fit? Actually getting yourself to the gym.
Think about it: the biggest struggle is actually getting yourself there, right?
Once you’re in a fitness class or in the weight room or at the pool, you’re pretty committed. It’s hard at that point to just leave, so you might as well give your body a good workout.
So, in an effort for all of us to get our butts to the gym, here are 9 ways to do it.
1. Get fun workout clothes…
I truly believe that clothing changes the way you feel. I notice a huge difference – whether in life or at the gym – when I like and feel comfortable what am wearing compared to when I don’t.
While this may be more of a female issue, I think men can relate too. So go out and get yourself some workout gear that makes you feel good and comfortable. I’ve found some awesome and affordable fitness clothing from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx!
2. …then put them on
It may sound silly…but this is the other half of the “clothing puzzle.” Putting your workout clothes on gets you that much closer to walking out the door and getting some exercise.
3. Pump up the jams
Download a new gym mix to get yourself excited about your upcoming lifting or running session.
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4. Sign up…
Sign up for a fitness class or a gym membership and you’ll feel far more financially committed to getting yourself to the gym.
5. …or make a plan
Set up a gym date with a friend or your significant other. It’s a lot harder to say “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow” when someone else is counting on you.
6. Schedule the time
Different than the last two points, scheduling time in your day is crucial for gym going.
Even if you don’t have a ton of extra time, 15 or 20 minutes of exercise is better than nothing. Carve out that time and use it wisely.
7. Don’t be guilty
If you’re anything like me, I’ll often feel guilty heading to the gym when I know I have a million other things I need to get done. It can be a real barrier to getting out the door.
The reality? There are always going to be other things to do. Instead of being guilty, remember that you’re doing a great thing for yourself and turn off your brain for long enough to really commit to a good workout.
What are your tips for getting to the gym?