7 Ways To Trick Yourself In To Finding The Motivation To Start Working Out

Use A Schedule

Use A Schedule

If you are one of those people pushed for time (and by that, we mean pretty much absolutely everybody on the face of the planet) then it is a really good idea to actually start scheduling your workout sessions as part of your daily routine.

If it's a regular part of your schedule it will be more difficult to skip. Make it  non-negotiable part of your life in terms of your plans to achieve goals.

Create Cues

Create Cues

Creating cues to remind yourself that it is part of your life is another great way to motivate yourself.

You could set reminders on your phone, or perhaps even something as simple as packing gym gear and leaving it next to your bed so that you see it when you first wake up, could even be a more effective way of reminding yourself.

Keep Track

Keep Track

A great motivational tool, once you have made a start, is to keep a log of what you have done. That way, you're far less likely to give up now that you can see what you've already achieved.

You can start doing this right from the start. You can perhaps make an Excel document of all the exercises you completed on which day, along with weights, distances, etc.

Work With A Friend

Work With A Friend

This isn't always possible given that everybody has their own lives and some of us have lazy friends!

Even if you do have a friend that works out, they might not be at the same stage as you, especially if you are just starting. But perhaps you can ask around at the gym and make a new friend.

A training partner is the perfect thing for motivation. You're not going to be slack if somebody else is holding you accountable.

Reward Yourself

Reward Yourself

Make a pact with yourself. Make a pact with your loved one/s. You only get to take part in certain indulgences when you have been to the gym and completed what you went there to do, that day.

Of course, this indulgence is more gaming or watching TV than indulging in a big old pizza, thereby rendering the workout pointless....

Congratulate Yourself

Congratulate Yourself

IT's a bad idea to compare yourself to other people at the gym. This is especially true when you're first starting out, because if you want to see a better version of yourself in the mirror and you're looking at somebody who has been working out for a long time and clearly well on the way to achieving their own personal goals, perhaps this can demoralize some people.

That's not what we're after. Remember that, when all is said and done, it's about how you feel about yourself that matters above all else. You're doing this so that you're happy with the person looking back at you in the mirror. So take the time to let that person know they're doing a good job.

Set Realistic Goals

Set Realistic Goals

You have to have a schedule that is manageable. Likewise, you have to have goals that ware realistic.

If you're aiming to lose x amount of weight - consult a professional when giving yourself a time line to achieve these goals. If you're looking to bulk up muscle, get real advice from a qualified trainer and help them set those goals with you.

Even if you don't wish to have a personal trainer on a full-time basis, it's a good idea to have someone check up on you here and there - especially at the start.