Next time you go to the gym, do me a favor and take a good look around. Do you see throngs of people elbowing each other to grab a machine, or is there an abundance of unused equipment? My guess is you’ll see more machines than equipment. Why? Because it’s spring, a time when flowers bloom and New Year’s resolutions die!
You see, lots of people start off the New Year with every intention to lose weight, or get healthy, so they flock to the gym. However, it doesn’t take long for them to either realize they may have set the bar too high or become frustrated with their results and give up. They lose their motivation, and while that may make regular gym-goers happy, it’s a shame to see so many well-meaning people give up so readily on getting fitter. Bottom line? It’s hard to hit the gym and stay motivated.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many reasons to start a fitness routine and stick with it; you just need to have the right frame of mind. There’s inspiration everywhere, 365-days a year, not just January, and I’ll help you find it!
Tips for First-Time Gym-Goers
How To Hit the Gym and Stay Motivated
If you started a new gym regime in January and you haven’t ditched it so far, you’ve outlasted most ‘resolutionaries’ and will probably keep it going for the full year. More than a third of those who start going to the gym as part of a New Year’s resolution don’t even make it to the end of the month. The numbers don’t lie: 8% of people who make exercising their resolutions succeed in sticking with it for the entire year. Don’t you want to be a part of that 8%? Well, you can! You just need to know the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
The 2 main reasons people fail are a loss of motivation and/or a lack of self-discipline. Many people g to the gym expecting instant results. And I can’t blame them. You’re there sweating and panting, giving your all, so of course you want to SEE something. But it doesn’t work that way with exercise. When you work out, your body instantly begins to change, but it takes time to see those changes. the result? People give up and decide getting up at 6 am is not worth it, ad neither is depriving themselves of those yummy chocolate chip cookies. They lose their drive, their reason for going on, sabotaging themselves from the start.
And that’s just for starters; there are many other reasons people give up on the gym. For instance, you may work long hours or have young kids at home. Which can make it hard to set aside an hour 3-4 times a week for the gym. Or you may live in a remote area, which makes commuting to and from the nearest gym a hassle. And sometimes, you can be totally motivated to go to the gym, but just can’t afford the membership.
If you can realistically set aside regular gym times, do it. It’s much easier to get into a routine and stick with it if it’s a standing date. If time is a factor, you can limit your sessions to 20-30 minutes. It may not seem like much, but a little exercise is better than none. Remember, you only have one body- treat it right!
This infographic from My Fitness Boutique shows the damning statistics, lays bare the excuses and offers useful tips on how you can hit the gym and stay motivated all year round. Before you know it, you’ll have gone from being a January ‘resolutionary’ to one of the regulars who next year’s ‘resolutionaries’ try to emulate!