Starting a workout regiment and joining a gym is a sound plan for losing weight or getting fit, but going to the gym every week is not for everyone. People stop going to the gym because they become bored, tired, sore, or simply depressed from concentrating so much on changing themselves. Here are some tips that will help keep you working towards you’re fitness goals while helping you avoid stressing over them.
Some weight loss programs advise against having a scale in your home while you are trying to lose large amounts of weight. Whether or not you have a scale is entirely up to you, but if you would like to have a daily motivator then go buy a digital scale with a decimal point. You will be able to instantly tell if you worked out the day before, or did not go back for 2nds at the buffet.
Ask a friend to join you. A good friend with similar fitness goals can be an incredible source of confidence and motivation. The two of you can keep each other company while working out, and you can motivate one another through the more intense portions of your workout routines.
If you are having a hard time finding the energy to keep working out then here are a few pointers to get you back on track and not exhausted:
- Try half an energy drink. At this point you are probably thinking “yea, no kidding”, but some people down the entire energy drink at once and then crash early. Space out your energy drink and drink water with it because most energy drinks dehydrate you quickly.
- Have a smoothie with real fruit in it. Fruit is the best alternative to caffeine and does not make you crash!
- Remember to relax after your workouts, and to stay hydrated. If you finish your workout and just go home, shower, and fall asleep then you will be going to sleep still tense. You will end up waking up the next day sore and still exhausted from the day before.
- If you workout at night and work just has you beat when you get off for the day, then perhaps you should switch it up and workout in the morning. Easier said than done, but if you workout in the morning you will be more alert and more productive during the first part of the day at work. Your boss may notice improvements in your productivity, and who knows it could end up landing you a raise or that promotion you have been working towards.
If your gym offers a sauna, a sauna can help loosen you up after a workout or a tough day at work. The heat will relax your muscles, and assist in keeping you from being sore the next day. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you are going to use a sauna, or else you may end up being dehydrated and more sore than if you had not used it. Make certain you shower thoroughly before and after you use a sauna in order to protect yourself and others from bacteria held on your skin and in your pores.
Alternatives to simply going to the gym:
- Join a spinning class. They can be very rewarding with the massive amount of calories burned in a very short period of time.
- Look online for a group of joggers, and join up with them. By doing this you can go out and make new friends and carry on discussions while you lose weight.
- Take some dancing lessons. Dancing can be lots of fun and will help burn calories. Plus, you will be more confident when you go out to events where dancing is offered.
- Purchase a Wii and the Wii Fit Bundle. You can be entertained with games and keep track of calories lost, and the Wii Fit also comes with an automatic BMI calculator and calendar to show you results that a scale and mirror may not.
- Find a local pool, or ask a neighbor if they have a pool (provided it is large enough) and see if you can offer them a couple bucks if you can use it on certain days/hours. Swimming some laps every now and then can be very relaxing and will wash away a lot of the stress of a regimented workout.
- Get involved in a sport! There are tons of options in this one. There is everything from senior women’s softball teams to adolescent neighborhood rugby teams out there. All you have to do is find something that interests you, and you can make lifetime friends and get fit by participating in something you enjoy. Do not be shy if you are not as adept at the sport, teams often take on members with little to no experience and train them in every aspect of the sport.
The best advice that anyone can receive while struggling to stay motivated to workout is “do it for yourself”. Stay confident, and keep your desire for a healthier body by enjoying yourself. Working out is an enjoyable experience and should stay that way. If you find yourself struggling to enjoy your workout then change it!