It's 2018 and a lot of people have made fitness one of their resolutions, the only challenge is the motivation to follow through. Getting in to the routine of going to the gym can be hard, and it takes approximately 20-30 days to develop a habit. Even though most of us know that exercise has a list of benefits a mile long, initially, it doesn't make going to the gym any easier. If you're anything like me, working out makes you feel energized and clear-minded, but actually gather enough motivation to go can be difficult.
January is the biggest month for new memberships, and as we head into February your motivation may already be wearing off, so here are some tips on staying focused with your new regime for a healthier new you.
Remove Invisible Barriers- Identify the series of steps required to get you to the gym and think about anything that's holding you back from attending. Then, remove the barriers one at a time to accomplish your goals and override your subconscious.
Get a Gym Buddy- A gym buddy not only makes workouts more fun, but also keeps you accountable for going regularly.
Hire a Trainer- Having a personal trainer guide you through your fitness routine will help make sure you're spending time on the proper types of exercises, and getting that extra push with faster and better results. A common barrier for people being hesitant to attend a gym is the uncertainty many people feel if they're unsure which machines to use, or how. Hiring a trainer ensures you kickstart your goals on the right track, and can give you a boost of confidence in working out that you never knew you needed.
Track your Progress- It's important to set goals, but you need to make sure that they're achievable and not overly-ambitious. If you set an achievable goal, you'll feel a huge sense of pride and satisfaction when you reach it, which will have a positive impact on your motivation. Ask gym staff about getting a BIA analysis done to follow the progress of your cellular health and loss of body fat.
Reward Yourself- Give yourself a reward for regularly hitting the gym. It could be as simple as some relaxation time to yourself after each workout, or a small indulgence at the end of the week if you reach your goal. Rewards reinforce habits, and once your gym routine is habitual it won't require willpower to keep you going.
Here at the Integrated Fitness Centre, I see many different types of people, from young to old, from injured to recovering. Fitness is important and should be on the top of your to-do list.
Not convinced? Come see us for a tour and a free day pass!