Some people get pumped when they know they’re going to the gym. Others just can’t seem to get motivated no matter what they do: dreading going to the gym on those cold winter nights and potentially just not going if it’s raining, cold, or some other excuse that isn’t really an excuse at all.

When you increase your motivation for the gym, you’ll find it easier to push through those times when you aren’t so motivated to go: you’ll be able to side step that thinking and head for your workout anyway.

Listen to music

Listening to music has been proven to lift your mood. If you combine it with exercise then it can have some considerable help to how you’ll be feeling, thinking and doing when you’re completing your fitness programme.

Track your progress

Monitoring where you started to where you are now helps significantly. If you can see that you are lifting more weight in the gym or for longer then you’ll be happy to see that you’ve been making progress, even if the weigh scales aren’t showing so much generosity (muscle weighs more than fat, so if you’re adding more muscle and getting rid of the fat then that’s going to show you as not weighing much less, or even showing as more when you step on the scales).

Get a buddy

two male friends running together

Training on your own isn’t that enjoyable, even if you choose to get yourself some upbeat music to listen to. Having someone there to encourage you, but also push you to go to the gym when you have one of your bumps in the road (we all have them) and encourage you to go and get fit.

They’ll also help in a similar way that an exercise coach could do: by helping push you further by helping you with your reps and sets. Although, be careful about using the individual for this if they don’t have a PT qualification and liability insurance: you want to be covered if you’re going to be using them in replacement of an exercise professional.

Go at a convenient time

Your body will let you know when is the best time for it to workout: some people prefer early mornings while others want to go in the evening after work.

Your own schedule does affect this too. If you can only manage to fit in 3 x 30-minute workout sessions this week, then go for those. Don’t sit there and feel bad about not being able to be in the gym for more than that or the “recommended” one hour 3 times a week. Do what you can, when you can, but if you make a commitment then stick to it.

Exercise and fitness isn’t supposed to overcome your life (unless you work in the fitness industry 😉 ), so make sure it fits into your daily life.

Invest in yourself

Two things.

Get yourself new workout gear. Having some old workout clothing will simply cause you to make excuses and not go workout. If you bought yourself new things then you’ll be more encouraged to go and exercise.

Hire a personal trainer. You’ve paid money to hire a professional. For them to advise you what to do. Use them. Not only as a professional who can sort your exercise programme out and ensure the correct exercises are being performed for your body, but also their expertise.

There are varying levels of experience for all fitness coaches, so try to ask different questions and seek their opinions on different things you’ve either read or seen in the media. And, one key point to investing the most in yourself is to hire some professionals from a leading personal training company in Preston, Lancashire.

Use visuals/visualisation

Visualisation is powerful. Not along the lines of “The Secret” and failing to actually take any action to move towards your stated end goal, but visualising where you see yourself in 1, 3 or 5 years: it’ll depend how much work needs to be done for you to reach your goal and how strict you’ll be along your health and fitness journey.

Sometimes, you’ll go over one of those bumps in the road: meditation and visualisation (and calming your mind of any negativity) will help you reach the place where you really want to be.

Give yourself real rewards

A real reward is something that can be experienced. Like a great tasting smoothie, an episode of your favourite TV programme or a new album.

These “real” rewards can be used until the point where you’ve trained your brain to associate the good feelings of receiving these rewards with the feel-good hormones endorphins that you get when you’ve finished your workout.

It’s a little like Pavlov and his dog, where you need to place a cognitive link between going to your fitness workout session and the element of feeling good afterwards.

Once that is established, alongside other elements in this article, you’ll see a huge amount of motivation from you to actually want to go to the gym or local health centre to simply feel that good feeling again because your body and brain want it so much.

8 motivational steps that you can take to help you motivate yourself to actually workout, get fit, stay healthy and get to the fitness levels you want.