If you are anything like me... getting to the gym is UNBEARABLE sometimes. This past year, however, I think I cracked that code that kept me dreading a run or trip to the treadmill. Here are some pointers on how to not only get your butt to the gym, but also how to make it an enjoyable and more beneficial experience.
Plan your day around your workout. I know it sounds crazy, especially for those of us who can't
even find time for a meal, but it's POSSIBLE. What worked best for me was waking up before my classes/work in the mornings. It may seem ungodly early, but the rest of your day will be a breeze. Your body and mind will thank you for releasing some endorphins and burning off the fats and or sugars that it may have hung on to from the day before. Here is a link offering some credibility and outlining the benefits of working out in the mornings.
Have a plan when you get there. This was what makes me or breaks me when I get to the gym. There will be some days I show up, not knowing what exactly I want to focus on and I'll just end up leaving. I know I'm not alone on that one. Fitness goals are always great, because as you begin to accomplish them, your body is becoming healthier while you're visually and socially enjoying the results. I don't necessarily have an arm or leg day routine, however when I go to the gym, I know there is a specific amount of cardio I want to do and then I'll focus on a certain muscle group. Make Monday your harder cardio day, so that Tuesday you can focus on your legs, and by Wednesday you're already on free-weight exercises! One good workout leads to another. If you're having trouble finding the right exercises, I recommend https://www.freetrainers.com/ or if you like to have someone right along there with you, look into Xhit Daily on youtube. There you can not only get a workout buddy, but they also have chat forums where you can discuss your work out, get tips, and share your results.
Remember that diet is directly correlated to your energy. If you can get to the gym, but have a hard time getting much done, you might want to reevaluate your diet before and after working out. This is also all dependent on what your fitness goals are. I know for me, my goal is always to develop lean muscle and tone the muscle I already have. In order to do this, I need a lot of energy because cardio is my best friend when it comes to reaching my goals. I have used this website to plan when to eat before I run (if I do at all) and how to replenish myself after cardio or strength training. If you're having trouble with a goal and you're putting in the work, always look to your diet. There are also so many options if there are certain foods you can't stay away from. Check out keto recipes online, paleo recipes and other plant-based diets that can help you reach your goals and keep you happy!
Have fun working out! Do I sound crazy? I hope not. Now that I have a rhythm in the gym, I love my workouts! You can catch me dancing off of the treadmill, or jamming to my workout playlists between reps. It's important to like what you're doing because all-in-all, exercise is everything. If you're solely doing it for your physical well-being, you'll be pleasantly surprised as you're mental well-being will gradually become more positive as well. The "you look great"s and the "Wow! What are you doing?" motivate me to continue to work towards my fitness goals and I hope they motivate you too. I know for myself, I faced a lot of challenges this past year and couldn't find the positivity or brightness in a lot of my situations. With the right playlist, and the right workout plan, I got myself into this groove of a workout everyday and channeled this negative energy into something that helped me physically and mentally.
I hope this helped some of you as I know these steps were vital for me. If anyone needs a great playlist, I always use the Top 40s or the Workout playlist on Spotify.