As I was walking out of work yesterday in my gym clothes I received a ton of praise in the elevator — “oh good for you!” Then came the slew of excuses why everyone else — headed straight home — doesn’t workout. “I wish I could but I never have time,” and one lady even admitted, “I just never want to go workout!” Although she said, “I’m always glad I did when I do!”
Seemingly puzzled at that phenomena of not wanting to but then being glad she did, I shared some of the mind tricks I play on myself to get to the gym. When we parted ways I realized that lately I’ve done a decent job going — even when I didn’t want to! Here’s how:
I live by this one rule — When in doubt, go workout.
That’s my motto people, plain and simple! I usually start out the day with the best intentions, packing a gym bag and planning to go after work, but you know the drill… work is tiring and long and there’s so much to do at home (clean and cook dinner). As the day goes on my will to get to the gym gets weaker and weaker and I start coming up with all sorts of excuses why I shouldn’t go. That’s when I tell myself: When in doubt, go workout.
It might sound silly but it works! I even have a tank top with the phrase that I wear when I’m feeling especially resistant to working out!
Immediately following rule number one, I change into my gym clothes before I leave the office.
If I get in my car at the end of the day and I’m not dressed for the gym, it gives me that much more time to back out and book it straight home. But, I’m much less likely to do that if I’m already changed. In fact, my favorite time of day is when work is done and I change for the gym! I instantly feel more comfortable in my workout clothes and energized at the thought of going to workout. It really works – try it!
Some other good tricks:
I get someone to meet me there or commit to someone I’ll be there.
I hate letting people down or bailing at the last minute so it’s likely that if I’ve committed to someone, such as meeting a friend at the gym, I’ll make good on that promise! I try to coordinate with Aaron and going with him helps a ton, too.
If your spouse doesn’t workout ask your fellow gym goers when they’ll be around and verbally commit to be there the same day. Ask, “Will you be here tomorrow?” If they will, commit, “Me too! Hold me to it!” You never know, that small conversation might turn into a great support system!
I watch CrossFit videos on IG or YouTube.
Monkey-see, monkey-want-to-do! Seeing hard-working, strong, awesome athletes motivates me to want to get MY workout on! You could always ask yourself this one, too:
Finally, I remind myself…
Seriously guys, I don’t work out to be fit or lose weight — I work out for my mental health! I get such a boost from even just an hour at the gym and there’s nothing quite like it! I can tell myself going home, cleaning, and getting things done will feel wonderful, but I know better; I’ll get MORE done after a workout (I’ll be energized) and I’ll feel a lot better about myself too — accomplished and refreshed!
What mind tricks do you play to get yourself to the gym?
Do you have a hard time getting motivated to get there?