Motivation in the Gym.

The most difficult part of exercising doesn’t seem to be the ability to start. More often than not, the hardest part is to continue. People often start working out with gusto and with a sense of purpose, but lose focus in a few days and either stop going to the gym, or just while their time away simply going through the motions, not really giving it their fullest effort. If you are someone who has experienced this, don’t worry. You are not the only one. This is very common and has logical reasoning behind it.

As the phrase suggests, an exercise routine, is really that. A routine. Meaning that you have to go through a set of exercises for a certain number of days in a week. Same gym, same trainer, same workouts. This can be very boring for a lot of people, specially considering the fact that the results are not immediately visible, and it is inherently something that will cause one discomfort after the workout in the form of minor body aches and soreness. So it’s quite understandable why a person may lose interest in working out just after a few days of beginning to do so.

Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done to keep one’s interest in exercise active and make those sessions so enjoyable, that you would actually be looking forward to the next one! Here is small list of things that can (or rather should) be done so that you do not lose your focus in the gym.

1) Choose a gym that is close to your home: Travelling to and from the gym will take time. If you live quite far away from your gym, it’s easier to tell yourself that you might get stuck in traffic, or you don’t have enough time to rest after the workout and before you go to work etc, and so, skip working out. Choosing a gym that’s close to your house, will ensure that even if you have just 30-45 minutes to spare, you can still pop in and get a good workout.

2) Choose your trainer with utmost care: This is a point that cannot be emphasised enough. Your instructor or trainer is someone you are trusting with your health and well being. It is the trainer’s job to choose the correct workout plans for you based on your goals and maybe even advise you about nutrition plans to complement those workouts. Hence, it’s very important that you choose a trainer, with whom you feel free to share your ideas about your workout and diet, and can also freely give feedback about how you feel at the end of the session. A good trainer is someone who will be honest with you and advise you about the realistic time frame in which your goal is achievable. He or she will also need to change your workout based on your actual performance in the gym. A trainer certified from an accredited institute is normally preferred over someone who is not, but that doesn’t always mean better. Experience counts a lot too. Talk to a few trainers at your gym and find out their style of training before you decide on one. Some gyms may also let you bring your personal trainer with you even if they are not an employee of that gym. Check all these possibilities before choosing a trainer.

3) Set realistic time frames for yourself: If you weigh a 100kgs and want to lose 50kgs in 2 months, we all know that is not going to happen, at least not in a way that’s healthy. Setting a realistic time frame for your goal is very important to keep you interested in working out. People expect too much too soon, and when that doesn’t happen, they tell themselves that they can’t do it and eventually stop trying. As mentioned in the point above, talk to your trainer about your fitness goals, be it weight gain or loss, increasing strength and agility, and set a realistic time frame in which you think it is possible. Sometimes, this can change once you actually begin working out, based on your performance. Don’t shy away from taking a little more time to achieve your goal. After all, being fit is not a one time thing. It’s a lifestyle.

4) Listen to music: This one is simple. Crank up the volume on your phone or music player and your favourite tunes will help you get through those gruelling workouts! So take some time out to create a good playlist on your phone (stuff that will get your blood pumping) and you will be done with your workouts before you even know it!

5) Track your progress: As mentioned above, setting realistic time frame for your goals is important to keep you engaged in working out. Keeping a track of your progress will actually help you gauge how close you have come to achieving it, and how much further you need to go. The simplest method would be to keep a track of your measurements in a diary or your phone and updating it every week. You can simultaneously keep a visual track of your progress by clicking pictures on your phone each week and archiving them for comparison with newer pictures. Keep a track of your personal records(PRs) like best bench press or best squat. While working out in the gym, you will inadvertently make friends. Find people who have similar goals to achieve, find a training partner and maybe share your progress on Facebook or Instagram and such. A little bit of friendly competition will go a long way in this regard!

The biggest motivator in the gym really is the positive physical change that a person can see in themselves after putting in so many hours of hard work. Follow the pointers above, and you will definitely make the most out of your workout sessions and are guaranteed to enjoy it more!

Good Luck!

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