I’m not going to lie. Sometimes it’s really tough to go to the gym week after week, even though you may really enjoy it like I do. Things pop up, get in our way, or maybe we just don’t feel like going because we’d rather watch Netflix. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially if you haven’t had a good rest day in awhile. But, it’s important to make sure that doesn’t become a frequent excuse that becomes a habit.

Since motivation is a temporary feeling, it can come and go. We feel like we can conquer the world one minute and then we lose it. Staying committed gets you where you want, but motivation is like fuel that keeps it going.

Here are 5 ways that help me stay motivated to hit the gym and remain committed to achieving the fitness I want. Enjoy!

1. Hold yourself accountable–be committed.

This sounds simple, but I think often times we forget to hold ourselves accountable to the standards we expect out of ourselves. We may get distracted by what others are doing or forget our commitment of why we’re going in the first place–to be the strongest version of ourselves, so we can do the things and live the life we want to live (at least that’s mine). No one will get you motivated, but yourself. Holding yourself accountable, or even asking someone else to help, will make sure that you hit the gym even when you don’t feel like it. And trust me, you’ll be so much happier that you did!

2. Make goals and work towards them.

This one also ties in to the first point, but if you lack a goal or goals to work for, whether that’s intrinsic or extrinsic (hopefully the former), you’ll find motivation to be low if any. A goal helps keep us on track to where we want to go (our vision for ourselves) and we progress toward that. If you’re having trouble achieving a goal make a mini goal, or a milestone, to reach that bigger goal. It could be squatting 10 more pounds on your way to 4 plates or dropping a couple pounds over two weeks. Whatever it is make sure it’s a smart goal (Specific-Measureable-Attainable-Realistic-Time Bound). That will help you in your progression to achieve your goal(s) and your ultimate vision for yourself.

3. Throw some water on your face, get in your car, and drive to the gym!

Sometimes you feel like shit and make every excuse in the world to not hit the gym and have the workout your supposed to for the day. If that’s the case, literally force yourself to get in your car and drive to the gym, even if that means throwing water on your face. The environment we’re in greatly influences our energy levels, psyche, and what actions we take. If you place yourself in the gym environment you’ll probably be motivated to workout because that’s what it’s there for. You’ll see others working out and having fun and you’ll likely want to do the same. Monkey see monkey do. Kind of, but I think you get my point.

4. Tell yourself a story.

Pretend the world depends on your workout and that you’re the hero they need to make sure they’re safe. Act like it’s a movie if you need to, but tell yourself an encouraging story that puts you in the mood to workout, even if it is like a little ridiculous. Have fun with it and be a story teller for a moment. Use this in conjunction with your goal and act like this workout you need is a pivotal scene in your movie to accomplish your ultimate goal; whatever it is. Regardless, tell yourself a healthy story that puts you in the mood to workout!

5. Watch or read something inspirational.

This is a little cliche, but looking to a role model or figure of yours you admire can help give you that spark you need to light that motivation to get things going again.  Whether it’s a fitness figure (for me Elliott Hulse) or your best friend, looking to someone else for inspiration doesn’t hurt. Watch a YouTube video or read Emerson. Whatever it is find something!

There you have it!

My 5 simple, yet powerful ways to stay motivated to keep working out, training, and achieving the health and fitness you want. But, what do you think? Tell me by leaving a comment down below. Don’t be shy!

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. Until next time, be strong and be you!

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