9 Easy Tips to Get Your Butt to the Gym

Ever feel like you’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon?  You tell yourself that you need to lose weight/exercise more/feel better/your reason here but days and weeks pass and you STILL haven’t hit the gym (or a fitness class that sounds amazing).

Well, here are 9 no-excuses tips to get your ass to the gym!

  1. Schedule it.  Check your calendar for the next 10 days.  If you see any free time between other commitments, mark down that you’ll go to the gym at least 4 times.
  2. Pack your bag. Put all your gym essentials in a bag and put it by the door so you won’t forget to take it.  It’ll save you time running around finding things, during which you’re liable to get discouraged and not go!
  3. Join a friend. Get a friend to commit with you or join a class that she always attends.  Having someone around while you work out is always more motivating that going alone.
  4. Visualize the end results. Think about how awesome you’ll feel when you’ve hit the gym for 5, 10 or 20 times in a row.  Woohoo!
  5. Take a ‘before’ picture. If you don’t like what you see, you know what you need to do, right?
  6. Hire a trainer. They’ll make sure you get a personalized program to help you meet your goals; plus, if you pay for something ahead of time, you are way more likely to follow through!
  7. Accept that you don’t WANT to go and go anyway. Few people LOVE to workout.  Most of us go because we know that we’ll feel and look better and probably ward off a lot of major diseases in the process.  It’s good for you to exercise – just go!
  8. Pick some awesome tunes and make a playlist. If you know you’ll get to listen to your favorite songs for 30-60 minutes, you might just look forward to that dreaded treadmill each week!
  9. Start slow. Don’t suddenly commit to 5 days a week when you haven’t worked out for a while.  Pick 2-3 classes or hours that you can commit to and just go.  Even if you can’t figure out what to do once you’re there, be happy that you went!  Play on a few different machines, go for a walk (on a treadmill is fine), or ride a bike in 1st gear…just do something!

I don’t like getting out of bed at 5am every morning to hit the gym but I do it.  Sure, some mornings I’m pumped to get there and move my body but most mornings it’s a struggle.  The hardest part of developing an exercise routine, for me anyway, is starting.  Once you commit to 1 – 2 months of exercise, you’ll fall into a habit and start to just accept exercise for what it is.

Exercise is important so don’t skip it!  Figure out a routine that works for you, make it fun and soon you’ll be going because you kind of actually enjoy it!

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