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Sometimes the whole working out thing just doesn't seem to work out. You know you want a beach body that you can show off. You try to envision yourself as the next David Beckham or Jenn Selter. However, you just can't find the proper motivation to get yourself going to the gym a few days a week. The truth is that going to the gym takes a tremendous amount of willpower.
Very few people actually look forward to pumping iron or exhausting their bodies a few hours a week when laying in bed and watching Netflix just sounds way more appealing. It can be incredibly difficult to get motivated to even go to the gym, much less stay there for a long time.
All of these little things drain your will power fighting these obstacles thus consumes energy. Combine this with the already present mental and physical exhaustion from doing your normal workout and your trip to the gym can become overwhelmingly difficult. Going to the gym is no easy feat, but making the effort to exercise has endless benefits.
Not only will you feel better about the way you look, which is probably why most people do it, but consistent exercise will also make you happier, improve your sleep, build your willpower, boost your confidence, and increase your immunity to a wide variety of diseases. Clearly, exercise has numerous upsides, but motivating yourself can be a chore within itself. Luckily, there are many ways to overcome these obstacles and get yourself.
You may ask yourself, how often should you go to the gym? Follow these steps and you will be on your way to your dream body in no time:
Everything starts with knowing what you want to do. Perhaps you want to lose weight or get six-pack abs. Maybe you want to tone up your legs or sculpt a bigger butt. Have a vision of what your ideal self looks like. Anything great that has ever been accomplished has always started with a vision or a desire.
Once you can imagine your ideal self, you can work towards it. If you want to take an extra step further, put a picture of someone with the ideal body as your phone background. That way, every time you open your phone, you will see your future self and become motivated to look like that.
Now that you have your goals, you have to know how to achieve them. Do this by setting SMART goals:
Specific: Saying "lose weight" isn't enough. Specify exactly how much you want to lose or how much muscle you want to gain. The less abstract it is, the better.
Measurable: Lucky for you, most workout goals can be measured in weight gained/lost, number of reps completed, and the amount of weight used.
Achievable: Are you trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger right away? It's good to have stretch goals, but comparing yourself to the highest of standards will only demotivate you. Make sure your goals are realistic first and then increase them from there.
Relevant: Do your workout goals align with your other goals? Maybe you are trying to get more dates, build your self-confidence, launch your modeling career, or fit into clothing that is a size lower than what you normally wear.
It's best to set milestones along the way so that you know when you are on track and what you will do next. You may need some sports equipment on your journey, so you can check our listings in Sporting Goods & Equipment. Try setting milestones for the first three, six, nine, and 12 months so that you can track your progress along the way.
Sometimes there are invisible barriers that make it hard for you to get motivated to go to the gym. For example, you might see needing to change into gym doses as too much of a chore, so you procrastinate going to the gym. You can solve this by changing beforehand. If you exercise in the mornings, go to sleep with them on. If you exercise after work, wear them under your work clothes. Another thing you can do is prepare all your meals on Sunday.