Yes, we all love the after effects of working out. It gives us energy and keeps us going through the day. It starts our day on a high, and sets us up to tackle the day with enthusiasm. Everything seems to go happy and positive the days we workout. And, of course when you step on the weighing machine at the end of the month to see yourself losing few kgs, it is an unbelievably happy feeling. However, the act of getting up from bed, not pressing the snooze button again and again and again is the toughest part of working out. According to a latest study, there are only 19% of the population who do regular workout every week.
And, if you are someone who is not naturally very active, dragging yourself out of bed in the morning to hit the gym is like going to office on a Monday after a long festive weekend. Many people hit the gym to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and to get an awesome body. However, working out has various above-the-neck benefits, too. Exercising can boost brain function as well. Regardless of age or fitness level, studies show that making time for exercise provides some mental benefits as well. There are unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships, and lead to a healthier and happier life.
However, hitting the gym shouldn’t be a chore but more often than not you will have to trick or force yourself to working out. Everyone will have their own motivations but below are a host of things that can help you hit the gym. Though the year is coming to an end and you have miserably failed to fulfill your new year resolution, better late than never. (Also read: Five Reasons Why You Need To Set Goals In Life). So, read ahead. Here are few tricks that will motivate you to put on those sneakers and hit the gym.
Get a gym buddy
Nabbing a workout buddy keeps you accountable. You are all the more lucky if your gym friend is one of those self motivated people. He or she will probably call or message you right in the morning and ensure you are up and about. Even if he or she doesn’t do it, working out while having a chat with friends will always motivate you get ready to hit the gym every day. Having a fitness buddy also makes you obligated to show up!
Give yourself a pep talk
Tell yourself before hitting the bed and while waking up that gymming is very important to you. Nothing works like self talk. Imagine getting into your old jeans that has been lying in your wardrobe for years. And, then remind yourself of the target weight you have to reach. After few months, working out will become a part of your lifestyle, something like taking a shower, eating or going to college.
Pack your gear in advance
Prepare yourself before going to bed. You can pack your gym bag, charge your iPod and keep your gym wear ready. With everything ready and waiting, it will be easier to get out of the house. Some regular gym goers in fact say that they go to bed with workout clothes on. This way you get to save around 20 minutes in the morning. Also it saves you from the need to motivate you for packing as well.
No, we are not kidding. “What motivates me to exercise on those days when I just don’t feel like doing it is my piece of chocolate at the end of the workout as a reward. It’s often difficult to get started, but once you have finished you will feel so much better, and so will your sweet tooth.”,” reveals Simone De La Rue, a fitness expert who has helped train Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and Karolina Kurkova. Apparently, promising yourself some sweet as a reward works on your brain and gets you going. So, this is something you can try right away.
Keep your alarm away from bed
We all do this, snooze off our alarm and go back to sleep. Try keeping your phones little away from your reach, may be on your study table. By the time you get your alarm, you will be fully awake this way. In case you need your phone on your side table, you can set multiple alarms. By multiple alarms we mean five or six, starting half an hour before you want to get up.
Turn on some peppy music
For those of you who don’t feel like going to gym even after waking up feeling completely fresh, this trick might work. Add some really motivating songs to your playlist. Anything that get’s you psyched will work. Songs like “You want a hot body?” are made to kill your laziness and push you to gym.