(Closed) Getting motivated for gym?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
6207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

have you turned up the resistance on the elliptical? 

I told myself when I was in school that the gym was the only place I could read for pleasure. I was there for at least an hour a day reading on the elliptical and lost 7 lbs 

Post # 4
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

It sounds like you suffer from cardio ADD, a very common condition. Try making yourself a great workout mix and cycling through the machines (5 min treadmill, 5 mins arc trainer, 5 mins stair stepper etc). I also watch my favorite shows on my phone when I am going through the motions (or reading these boards) it really helps time fly. As far as motivation for you to actually go, I suggest you deny yourself things you enjoy and use them as rewards for making it to the gym (not getting your favorite 0 calorie soda until you go, no smoothie etc). Good luck, once you get into the routine it will be easier!

Post # 5
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

try taking some classes if they have them

I worked out religiously and even had a personal trainer at one point but when I started taking body pump & yoga, that’s when I started to love the gym and look forward to going. You might even make some new friends that way, too.

Post # 8
6207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@roweboat:  I usually put it on level 10 or 11. If they have any inclined ones try those too

Post # 9
9216 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Drinking coffee 45-60 minutes before I want to go work out REALLY helps me.  Studies show that it increases your endurance and cardio level of exercise, too.  If you’re a caffeine drinker, try it.

Something else that’s worked for me in the past is to make a mental rule that if I”m on the fence about going to work out, then I GO.  PERIOD.  If I feel awful or super tired or I just simply don’t have time, I don’t.  But if I find myself thinking, “I should probably go work out…” then BOOM, I know I have to.  Somehow having that hard and fast rule has helped.

I second the suggestion to go to a class.  That way you’re committed for the full 45 or 60 minutes, and it’s more fun/interactive than just being on a treadmill.

Post # 11
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If Im just doing cardio, I NEEEEEEED really good music to motivate me…

Aside from that, does your gym offer any classes? Spinning is fun.. or maybe a zumba or dance class… And the plus of that is that maybe you can meet friends from the class too and make it a routine to work out together regularly!

Good luck! 

Post # 12
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I started working out, I had signed up at Curves and would go right after classes were out. I had my clothes always packed in the car and would drive straight there…sometimes I would be fighting with myself in my mind that I didn’t feel like going, but once I was in there working out I felt good and 30 minutes later, I was done and felt accomplished! 

Post # 13
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Try couch to 5k! You don’t have to be good or even okay at running when you start. It helps that I know when I am going to the gym I have a wider range of machines to chose from (although if I am 100% honest I only use the treadmill and elliptical machine!). 

Like a PP mentioned, I deny myself things I enjoy unless I work out. In my case, days I work out I get to use a bath bomb 🙂

Post # 14
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I feel like it helps a lot to have a bag packed a ready. For me, getting ready is one of the biggest battles, so I keep a bag right by the door so that when I want to go, I’m ready and no excuses about it can be made.

Also, classes are a HUGE motivator for a couple of reasons. Firstly, motivation in a social context is often more extreme than motivation by yourself. I sense that you don’t like to go to the gym alone, and having classes really makes the experience more social and interactive than just running on a machine alone for an hour.

I’m just now getting started with my work-out routine, but I’m also pumped because there is a sauna, so I can use my gym time as my “me time” and relax after I’m done.

Post # 15
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I was in the same boat…I had the membership and the WANT to go, but I couldn’t make myself go. I finally gave up and signed up with a personal trainer. Since I’m paying a lot more for her than I am my gym membership, I am more motivated to go. Plus, she knows what she’s doing when I don’t, so it’s a win-win. When I first got my membership and started going, I was working out blind. I didn’t know what I was doing so I just did a little bit of everything. I never saw results. Now, with the trainer, I’m eating better and seeing results. If it’s an option for your budget, I’d definitely recommend it.

Post # 16
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

At PF, I actually really like the 30-min circuit. You can do a lot of good cardio in the minute on the steps and to me it’s more entertaining than slogging away on any one machine. Usually within the first couple minutes you get into the groove and it’s not so bad being there. 

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