Thoughts On Gym Motivation

The hardest pound to lose is the very first one. Today, I’m putting together more of a journal-style post with some thoughts about going to the gym and finding the motivation to do so. It’s not always easy to go to the gym and workout, and I’ve been really having to push myself lately. Here’s what’s been helping me get through this rough patch…
– Remembering what my goals are.
My fitness goals aren’t going to accomplish themselves. Through all the slopes and valleys, it’s important to stay focused. I have reached some of my goals already, and I’m working towards my longer term goals and I’m going to get there eventually!

– Spending time with my kids.
On days where I’ve avoided the gym altogether, I’ve used that time to hang out with my kids and go for a jog, play in the yard, do some yardwork and things like that. It’s not as intense of a workout as I’m going for, but it’s better than nothing and it’s a lot of fun! The point is that even if I bail on the gym for the day, I’m not just sitting around doing nothing.

– Reflecting
I keep a bit of a diary with some of my fitness milestones on it, and I looked back to a year ago, and a year before that, and I was very proud of how far I’ve come. That was a huge motivation. Sometimes when you’ve been working out for a while, and the results aren’t as obvious, it can get really demotivating so it was nice to refresh myself and remember how much better off I am today than I was a couple years ago.

– What’s next?
I’m going to try my best to snap out of this rut, and get back to the gym as many times a week as I would like to, but I’m going to allow myself the next week to recharge my batteries a little bit. Less physical activity and workouts means that I’ll need to be extra careful of what I eat. We’ve got some new articles coming up for the Nutrition section that will talk all about healthy snacks, healthy meals, choosing the best groceries and other general tips for the grocery store. Don’t forget to bookmark this site so you can find us again easily… I’ll keep you updated on my fitness journey, and continue to bring you all the latest health information, tips, lists, news and more.

In Conclusion…
Motivation for the gym has to come from within, you’ve got to want it badly enough. Even with a lazy week ahead of me, I’m looking forward to getting back into the gym at full-speed.

Taking some time off from your fitness routine can be a slippery slope, and I’m aware of this, I’ll still be doing some smaller workouts around the home each day and be very mindful of what I eat. If you decide to take some time off from the gym, please make sure that you have a plain in place.

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