Guest Post: How to Stay Motivated and Get Results in the Gym

Alright, so you’ve just signed up for a gym membership, you’re feeling pumped and have finally decided to commit to a big change in your life; and build up a killer body, increase your strength and endurance and improve your overall health. This initial enthusiasm is great when you’re just starting off, but you’ll find that it often wanes in time, and at one point it disappears completely. Let’s face it, going to the gym can be rather boring at times and we’re often not in the mood to do it, but if you want to achieve great results you simply have to stay consistent with your workouts.

Realistically, it’s all about the right approach and putting yourself in the correct mindset; and this is something you need to do before you start your workout regime. There are a few points that I’d like to touch on this, so without further ado, here’s how to stay motivated and get results in the gym.

Make a Simple Plan

One of the biggest mistakes that many newcomers often do when they first start working out is creating huge, extensive and complicated plans about their workouts and their nutrition; plans that they were probably given to them by a professional athlete whose full-time job is to stay in shape, and a plan that they can’t possibly follow because all of their other daily obligations. Let’s be real, none of us can cook five nutrition-specific meals a day, do fasted cardio every morning and prepare three kinds of different shakes before each workout. But you don’t need to do all those things.

What you need to do is keep your entire workout and nutrition plan as simple as possible so you can keep up with it despite all your other daily activities. If you don’t do this, you’ll feel bad every time you don’t have the time or energy to do any of that fancy stuff that I just mentioned, and that will drain your motivation faster than you can say barbell squat. It’s entirely possible to eat healthily and perform good workouts without having to adhere to a myriad of tiny details; as long as you’re consistent with your diet and your workouts and don’t break any rules, you’re going to see results, but not if there are a thousand separate rules you have to follow. So do yourself a favor and keep it simple – you’ll thank me later.

Enjoyable Exercises

You’re going to last much longer in the gym if you find some exercises that make you feel good and that you genuinely enjoy doing. Whether it’s cardio, weight training or even martial arts, it’s very important to have something like this to keep your focus. If you’re bored by everything you do, sooner or later you’re going to think of going to the gym as a chore, and that’s the easiest way to set yourself up for failure.

And trust me, I am sure there’s an exercise or two out there that you can have fun with, you just have to spend some time finding it. Granted, if you want to see real results you’re going to have to perform all kinds of exercises, even those you find to be deathly boring, but as long as you mix it up with the fun ones, it’ll be much less of a challenge to push through all of them.

And trust me, I am sure there’s an exercise or two out there that you can have fun with, you just have to spend some time finding it. Granted, if you want to see real results you’re going to have to perform all kinds of exercises, even those you find to be deathly boring, but as long as you mix it up with the fun ones, it’ll be much less of a challenge to push through all of them.

Fitness Apps

Fitness apps for your smartphone or tablet are a great way to get some extra motivation. A lot of them send you reminders and motivational messages about your workouts; and some you can even use to connect with other people and share your workout results with them, engaging you in some healthy rivalry with your peers. This is often all the drive you need to push through a difficult workout. So make sure that you try it out.

Word of caution: If you’re using public Wi-Fi at the gym, make sure you have your VPN enabled as fitness apps (especially those that require your personal data) are pretty insecure nowadays.

Take a Break

Finally, one of the most effective ways for preserving your motivation; is simply taking some time off from the gym every once in a while. It might seem a bit counter-intuitive, but it works and here’s why; the same way your body needs to recover after a workout, your mind could also use a bit of rest from all the stress that goes with having a consistent exercise regime. People often experience self-doubt, guilt, frustration and other nasty things; because they feel they’re not progressing fast enough, and this is the point at which many people quit.

If you feel yourself reaching this point, take a week off from the gym. Heck, take two weeks off. Don’t even think about the gym, for the next week or so the gym doesn’t exist for you. After that, go back and hit the weights once again as if nothing happened. It’s a great way to let your mind “settle” a bit and get rid of all that stress and start fresh, and it’s something that everyone should consider doing every once in a while.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Adam Ferraresi is a successful web developer from Dallas, Texas and one of the writers of wefollowtech.com. He is twenty-three years old, and when he isn’t working on some interesting new article, he enjoys listening to music and watching old movies.
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