5 Ways To Motivate Yourself To workout

There are many excuses that people use to avoid going to the gym, with one being more popular than others - "I just can't be bothered".



Here are some tips to help you stay motivated!

1) Remember Why!!

If you're the type of person who wants a 6-pack so you can go on holiday with your friends and show off on the beach, then forget it. A reason like that will never be enough to get in shape and stay in shape. You need a real reason as to why you want to transform your body. Once you have that reason, never forget it - it will be your personal, constant motivation.

2) Commit Yourself To Your Workouts

Whether that means you schedule your workouts in your diary (or rather, app), or plan to train with a friend, make sure you hold yourself accountable. Training with a friend is not only great for your workouts, but if you cancel (without a good reason) then you'll end up feeling bad, or simply annoying your training buddy. Never let your workouts become a 'spur of the moment' kind of thing. Make plans and commit!

3) Be Realistic!

A lot of people lose motivation because a full transformation from fat to fit becomes too overwhelming. Be realistic with your goals - don't aim to look like Dwayne Johnson within a year of training. If your goal is fat loss, then try and aim for 1-4lbs of fat reduction a week. If it's muscle you're after, then around 0.5-1 lb per week is the target. It's impossible to gain more than 1 pound of lean  muscle per week, so don't quit because you're not bulking up fast!

4) Mix Things Up!

Another common excuse - boredom, although this one holds a little more weight. Becoming bored with your training and nutrition could easily cause you to give up. Does trying to get in shape mean you have to eat chicken and rice 6 times a day every day? no. It's fine to have a few favourite meals every so often. With training - mix it up! Not only will you stay interested, but you'll also be consistently stimulating your muscles. Doing the same exercises, with the same tempo, for the same amount of sets and reps, will mean your muscles will get used to it, and the stimulation will reduce - resulting in fewer gains.

5) Use Social Media, the right way...

There are many bad ways in which people use social media, but there are also good ways - motivating ways. Go on Twitter/Facebook, or the more common one for this, Instagram. Follow  a load of people who you think 'look good', but try and aim for ones who are also personal trainers/athletes if you can, as they are usually a lot better, and not just there to take selfies. By doing this, you'll have a ton of motivation at your fingertips. I personally do this. I follow a number of people in great shape, and they are people who I trust with what they say ( Jamie Alderton, Rob Riches, Steve Cook, to name a few).

Lee Gregory Fitness

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