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by inKin
30 Jun

8 Ways To Fall In Love With The Gym

One struggle that many people have when they are trying to lose weight or get in shape is that they lack the enjoyment that is necessary to make going to the gym a priority.


Working out is hard work, and many do not desire to spend their free time at the gym. Plus, with the time constraints that are present in most people's lives, committing time for the gym can be a challenge.

However, the gym is one of the best places that one can go to get in shape. Thus, it is important to learn how to like the gym. When looking for motivation, be sure to keep these eight things in mind.


1. Have Goals

Goals are a great way to stay motivated and will help you continue to go to the gym. Reaching them can be an even bigger motivating factor. Relying on friends or a trainer for support will also be simpler with goals. People will be more supporting of someone who has clear targets and are working towards what they want the most.


2. Use Fitness Devices

In order to determine if and when goals are being met, it is best to track your progress in the gym. Fitness trackers are simple to use and can help track things like calories burnt, and steps taken. They can also help tracking  goals that have been met or ones that you are striving to achieve. Using them is a gentle reminder of the agenda and the work that is left to achieve it.


3. Have a Friend

When friends go to the gym together, they rely on each other for motivation. This can be a huge benefit, especially when going to the gym for the first time. A friend will help you get past that awkward stage at a gym where you feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar with their surroundings. After comfort is built, it will be much easier to branch out, explore and learn on your own.


4. Have Rewards

After spending time at the gym, develop a reward system. For example, choose a fun snack that is only consumed after going to the gym. Naturally, it is best if this snack is something that is healthy and enjoyable. This will ensure that the work that is put in at the gym is not wasted. Not only is this a motivator, but it can also give you something to look forward to after you get finished working out.


5. Learn How To Use The Equipment

It can be embarrassing to go to the gym if there isn’t an understanding of how the equipment works. For this reason, it is always best to learn about the equipment in the gym beforehand. This is one of the reasons that a friend or a trainer is great in the beginning. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help from fellow gym goers. If available, the staff at the gym will also help a newbie learn to use the equipment properly.


6. Create a Schedule

When deciding to go to the gym, it is always best to have a scheduled time to go. Keep in mind that everyone is different. This means that while one person will enjoy working out in the morning, another person may prefer working out in the evening. Each gym goer should create a schedule that works best for him or her. 
Choosing a time to go to the gym when you feel focused and motivated is crucial.


7. Start Small and Progress

Nothing can kill someone’s motivation faster than taking on too much at a time. When first going to the gym, it is important to set small goals for this reason. It is also best to stick with workouts that are challenging but not overbearing at first. Choose workouts that can be accomplished easily and set achievable goals, and motivation will remain high.


8. Love What You Are Wearing

Choosing the clothing for the gym is also something that can help improve motivation. There are many choices available that are both stylish and comfortable. Not only will these choices help you feel better about your look while exercising, but they can also keep you comfortable throughout your time at the gym. 


Going to the gym is one of the best ways to lose weight, get in shape and get healthy. But it can be challenging to find the motivation and time to go on a regular basis. Use these tricks to make the gym a worthwhile commitment.


Additional reading:

Do's and Don'ts In The Gym

The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Personal Trainer​

Communicating With Your Personal Trainer For Optimum Fitness Results​


Photo credit: Shutterstock

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