So you skipped a couple of workouts and now you come up with a million excuses for you not to go back to the gym. Here’s the thing, you’re not alone. Three years ago I was very keen on getting into shape. I enrolled myself in 3 different gyms, prepped my meals and I achieved the body I was aiming for. But it wasn’t until last year when I started traveling a lot, eating bad, partying and not getting enough sleep. It really paid its toll on me when I started breaking out, my clothes couldn’t fit me anymore (I had to sell half of my wardrobe) and I had to edit my photos just to put shadow on my jaws since it was not evident in the photos anymore. Haha! Funny but it’s the sad truth. In short, I lost my gains.
This year I promise myself to get my dream body because heck, we’re only young once. I would love to look my absolute best. When I was younger, I was really fat and then I got really thin…then I got fat again. This time I want to look “fit.” So I made a guide to motivate yourself to work out and help you look your absolute best. These tips worked for me 3 years ago and I hope it will again this time. If you haven’t started with your fitness journey or if you haven’t been to a gym before, I hope you’ll find these helpful too!
1. Sign up to a gym that works for you. Of course, you want to feel comfortable in your workout environment. Are the staff friendly? Is the music too loud? Is it too crowded? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the machines? Are there a bunch of douchebags in the gym? Is the workout working for you? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself first. Most facilities have free day passes anyway so you can try it out before joining.
2. Set realistic goals for yourself. Ugh, I know, it’s a cliché statement and I’m sure you’ve heard it before–but yes, in order to stay inspired, you want to feel like you’re getting results. So keep your goals practical and realistic. You can’t have your dream body overnight. It takes months or maybe years to achieve that. Do you best in every workout and each week, add more reps or weight to your chest press, dumbbell curls or deadlifts. Baby steps, baby steps…
3. Workout first thing in the morning. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that you’ve accomplished something and you did not waste your day. One of my best workouts are always the ones that I do in the morning. You have more energy, you will be more productive at school/work and you will be in a good mood the whole day. Tried and tested.
4. Create a workout playlist. I cannot go to the gym without my earphones. Well, except on days when I have a trainer. I always need to listen to my workout playlist–I feel like every rep is synced into each beat of the song I listen to. Haha! Listening to upbeat music while working out can reduce the perception of effort and increase endurance. You won’t feel like you’re working as much—meaning you’ll go longer and harder!
5. Follow fitness-related accounts on social media. Since I don’t have a lot of fitness friends that I can surround myself with, I follow these Instagram-famous fitness enthusiasts instead! Whenever I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed, I come across tons of fitness-related posts, which I have to admit is frustrating because they are so far off and here I am on the couch thinking I have a long way to go. Haha! But don’t have that kind of mindset. Imagine that they also started from the bottom. I recommend that you follow these accounts on Instgram for your daily fitness motivation: @bjgaddour @nickcheadlefitness @dickersonross @_jaytrain @instagramexercises @factsofhealth @exercises4abs @exerciseguide
6. Hire a personal trainer. Having a personal trainer can be one of the best decisions you will ever make to reach your health and fitness goals. They can teach you the proper form and function when it comes to working out and they will really push you to your limits. This will also prevent you from slacking off because they got their eyes on you the whole time. I have a personal trainer at Fitness First and we train twice a week. The day after, I can barely move because my muscles are so sore. Which only goes to show that it’s working. No pain no gain, right?
7. Buy new workout clothes. I know it sounds superficial but it actually really motivates you to get up and hit the gym. I buy a lot of training clothes and I usually lay them out the night before. If you wake up and see your clothes, towel, training shoes, earphones and water bottle all ready to go, you’ll feel like you’re too invested to change your mind.
8. Document your fitness journey. To track your progress, create a a journal or a blog. It can be personal or for the whole online world to see. Who knows? You might be inspiring someone to achieve their goals as well. If you’re too lazy to make a journal, use other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. Create a hashtag so that you can track your progress (mine is #GuisonGainz lol).
9. Invest in training gears. (See photo above for reference). Buy a jump rope (since I hate running, I use this one for my cardio), resistance bands (perfect alternative when traveling), stability ball (great for core workouts or use it as a chair when working on your laptop), Perfect Push Up ( it has rotating push up handles so it’s harder than the average push up), foam roller (great for chest, arms and abs). Now you have no reason NOT to squeeze in that workout. (Available at S&R)
10. Don’t break the habit. The easiest way to keep things going is by not stopping. Simple as pie. The longer you avoid the gym the harder it’ll be to get back into your workout routine. So keep going to the gym, workout and be the best version of yourself!
There you have it! I hope you’ll find these tips helpful now or in the future (when you’re too lazy to workout again). But remember, working out requires a lot of patience, hard work and determination. So you shouldn’t go to the gym for the main reason of wanting to look good. Do it because you want to push yourself to your limits, gain confidence and proving to yourself that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. So if you’re bored by your workout routine or haven’t been to a gym ever. Snap out of it and get your lazy butt to the gym!