Still finding it hard to get off the couch and head to the gym? Going to the gym is tough for many of us because of what it represents. The biggest difference between a fitness enthusiast and someone who has a hard time motivating themselves to get to the gym is that one considers going to the gym a chore, while the other thoroughly enjoys it.
Fitness enthusiasts love the gym, they consider exercise as an effective outlet to let out their day’s stress. On the other hand, people who aren’t too fond of working out will need to find other motivation to get themselves to the gym.
The key is to trick your brain into thinking that you actually aren’t going for a workout; that way you don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of enduring some pain and breaking a sweat.
Here are a few ways you can do it:
- Take along a friend
Working out with a friend is easily the best motivation to go to the gym. If a friend is good enough, you can be doing just about any activity with them and have a good time.
You are less likely to be daunted by the gym if you know you have a friend around for comfort. The time you spend with them and the conversations you share will serve as a distraction from the workout itself and your brain will stop making negative associations with the gym.
- Working out as a group
The gym can be a lonely place especially if you are a beginner and are not comfortable there. Working out as a group with others can lighten your spirits. Larger gyms offer classes that are taken in groups making them a great place to meet new people.
Working out is much more interesting when you do it as a group. There’s an energy to a large aerobics class which you won’t feel when you’re on your own at the gym. The group dynamics boost your morale which inspires you to push harder.
Someone who does not exercise regularly probably will require some direction by a trainer. Not everyone can afford a personal trainer which is why exercise classes are a good option. All of these classes are led by certified instructors which will ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly.
- Dress up for the gym
You may have noticed that fitness enthusiasts take great pride in what they wear to the gym. They will look for functional yet comfortable outfits that enhance their workout.
Dressing up specifically for the gym actually causes your brain to shift gears and mentally prepare for a workout. Experts call this “enclothed cognition” which basically refers to how your brain adjusts according to the clothes you wear. Based on the concept of ‘enclothed cognition’ wearing the right clothes at the gym should have a positive impact on your performance.
The new Athleisure trend has redefined active-wear/sportswear. Active-wear/sportswear is not limited to awkward fitted clothing in bright neon colors. It is has merged with street-style clothing and is in fact quite fashionable. Because it can be worn in other settings as well, it saves you a little time when you hit the gym. If you find yourself stylish Athleisure clothing, showing them off at the gym can serve as motivation.
- Rewarding yourself
Rewarding yourself with something that you genuinely enjoy afterwards can push you to go to the gym. This can be anything from a warm bubble bath or a meeting up with your friends later on. Keeping your eyes on the prize will help you push yourself for that hour at the gym. Your brain will be focused on what will come after the gym.