How Do I Stay Motivated to Work Out?

MotivatedSome people are always fired up to hit the gym, but for most of us, finding that spark can be a bit tricky.

If you’re feeling a bit blah about working out, here are four tips to help you get your groove back!

1. Set a Goal

First things first: set a goal that really matters to you.

What do you want to accomplish in the gym?

Common goals include: losing weight, looking better, feeling better, getting stronger, living longer, having more energy, and reducing stress.

Think about what you truly want out of your workouts. Focusing on the reward can make the effort feel worth it.

For example: “I’m exhausted, but I want to be a good role model for my kids, so I’ll hit the gym even though I’m tired.”

Goals are powerful. Set one today. And if you want to boost its power, share it with someone—like your coach!

By the way, at Shred 27, we offer goal reviews every 90 days to keep you on track and motivated. Ready to set your goals? Sign up here.

2. Do Things You Enjoy

Remember the “no pain, no gain” motto? Well, it’s only half true.

Yes, you need to put in the work to see results, but you don’t have to hate every minute of it. The old-school approach of suffering through workouts you despise actually kills motivation.

To stay motivated, do things you enjoy. If you absolutely hate all forms of exercise, you’re in a tough spot. But if you have preferences, a good coach can help craft a fitness plan that’s fun for you.

For example, if you hate the treadmill and feel like a hamster, don’t worry! Your workout plan could include biking through a local trail, paddling on a river, or cross-country skiing.

If lifting barbells isn’t your thing, a great coach can introduce you to other options, like dumbbells or kettlebells.

The point: Find activities that make you happy and use them to work toward your goals.

3. Review All Wins

Here’s a secret fitness coaches know: Motivation doesn’t create success. Success creates motivation! That means you need to find small victories every day to keep your fire burning. These little wins add up to big achievements.

Say you’ve just returned from the gym but feel discouraged about your long-term goal of losing 20 lbs. “I’ll never get there. I’m wasting my time!” you think, as your motivation drains away.

Here’s how to flip that: “I worked out today, and that’s a huge step toward my big goal. Every workout is a step in the right direction.”

See the difference?

How about this one: “I did 8 reps today when I could only do 7 last week!”

Perspective is everything. After every workout, write down a bright spot—your win for the day. Then review your “win streak” in your workout journal when you need a boost.

4. Call for Backup

It’s easy to lose steam on your own. It can be hard to see progress, break old habits, and push forward without feedback or encouragement.

A coach can make a world of difference. They can spot things you might miss: “Wow—you’re so much stronger than last month!” Or “did you just do 5 push-ups in a row? Do you realize how far you’ve come in just three months?”

A coach can also remind you why it’s worth it: “This workout is a big step toward your goal. Let’s get after it!”

Or they can provide the exact words you need: “I know you can do it” or “let’s book your next session right now so it’s on the calendar.”

A coach provides a plan to help you reach your goals and keeps you on track with reminders, pep talks, and celebrations of your successes.

At Shred 27, we take pride in helping clients move toward their goals every day—and we’re always fired up. So if you’re feeling low, we crank up the energy.

Think of a coach as your trusted advisor, your biggest supporter, and your source of instant motivation.

If you’re struggling with motivation or just want to move toward your goals faster, book an appointment to talk to us: click here.

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