Remember way back in January when we all proudly proclaimed that 2012 would be the year we would get it right and get it tight? We’re coming up on March and two months have passed since you’ve even thought about hitting the treadmill. But there’s hope and it’s never too late to get back in the gym and start making fitness a priority.
Even as an avid gym-goer, I fall off the wagon more times than I care to admit. It’s easy to avoid the gym and there are millions of excuses to not workout: “I have to work late” or “I left my gym stuff at home”. Hogwash. Aside from losing weight and better health, regular exercise helps boost your self-esteem, sleep routine and sex life (I knew that would wake you up).
Whatever reason you give yourself to get back in the saddle, here are some more ways to make getting to the gym and working out foolproof.
1. Get a Buddy
Sometimes you need someone just as invested in your fitness as you are (and vice versa). Find a gal pal who’s looking to get in shape as well and make a pact to help and push each other. Feeling too tired to attend spinning class? Text your buddy and let her push and motivate you to go. Do the same thing for her in times of her gym weakness. Compliment each other on your progress and before long you’ll both be in shape and having a great time together.
2. Pack your Gym Bag the Night Before
This is one that I’ve learned the hard way. Rushing out the door, late to work, is not the time to pack your gym bag. It’ll be the last thing on your mind. Make having your gear foolproof by packing your bag the night before and setting it by the door to grab on the way out. Before long, packing your trainers and leggings will be a nightly ritual that you can’t do without.
3. Take a Class
The gym can be a scary place. All of that oddly shaped equipment and seemingly professional exercisers. Take the fear out and ease into your gym routine by taking a class. Fitness classes are ready made workouts and lead by trained instructors. Scan your gym’s schedule and try the first class that piques your interest. Don’t worry about skill level (unless its stated), have fun and don’t worry about looking perfect. No one really knows what the instructor is doing *wink wink
4. Commit to a Schedule
The most difficult part of getting back into the gym is finding the time. Between work and night life, the gym is a distant thought but no matter how busy you may be there is at least 30 minutes a day you can commit to working out. Instead of heading straight home after work, hit the elliptical for a few minutes. Have a more flexible work schedule, start a mid day sweat session to shake up the day. Commit to going 2-3 times a week and before you know it you’ll be going 4-5!
Extra Credit : Get a Trainer
Not everyone can not afford a trainer. They cost a pretty penny. If you can work it into your budget, I highly recommend it. Personal trainers craft specific routines to your needs, body type and fitness level. They push you when you think you can’t go further and help you craft the body of your dreams.
In the times I’ve had trainers, I’ve felt extremely motivated, not to mention fit. If you can’t afford full sessions, take advantage of the free sessions you get with your membership. Grab some quick tips and work them into your regimen.
What gets you motivated to get back in the gym? Let me know in the comments below