15 Daily gym motivation tips:
To better your mental health
It is becoming more aware that an active lifestyle and daily physical fitness DOES have a positive effect on your mental health.
However, we understand it can be a daunting feat to start a gym routine and keep it up.
That is why we created this list on how to motivate yourself, just for you!
15 Daily gym motivation tips to better your mental health
Going to the gym every day–or even just a few days out of the week–is a great way to keep your body fit and your mind sharp. Regular exercise is necessary for your fitness health and your mental health. However, sometimes it can be hard to drum up gym motivation.
You might feel tired or lazy or simply just “not in the mood” to go to the gym. If you find yourself struggling to come up with gym motivation, consider the following 15 tips that will help you get to the gym to improve both your fitness health and mental health.
Start slow and create realistic gradual goals
One of the quickest ways to lose gym motivation is to jump right from “0 to 100” with unrealistic, lofty goals. You should start slow by creating realistic goals that gradually increase until you reach your desired target. For example, if you currently don’t go to the gym at all, don’t try to jump right into promising that you’ll work out for an hour at the gym 5 days a week. Start with a shorter workout two days a week, then as you become acclimated, increase your goals until you can make it to 5 days.
Find a gym friend or an accountability partner
It has been shown time and time again that having someone to keep you accountable is incredibly motivating for your mental health. You can either find someone to go to the gym with you or find an accountability partner; you can tell your accountability partner every time that you do (or don’t!) achieve your gym goals.
Have "gym clothes" that you change into when you workout
Don’t underestimate the power of being dressed properly for gym motivation! Just as dressing up when you work from home will help you feel more motivated, changing into “gym clothes” will give you more motivation when you have to head to the gym.
Keep track of your workouts for gym motivation
Tracking your workouts gives you a visual record of your progress and gives you a mental reward every time you are able to track a workout in your journal, an app or some other method for keeping a workout log. When your having a down mental health day you can open up your log and look back at all you have achieved.
Use that fire inside when looking at the log! It can be your gym motivation for the day to not take a step back, but instead keep pushing forward.
Join a class at the gym
It can be a bit boring if you do the same thing at the gym day after day, so shake things up mentally by joining a class. A class will be something new and fun–and it will give you the motivation to head to the gym, since you won’t be stuck doing the same old exercises.
Having others around you, following the same journey and feeling the same pain can be an amazing aid. You are not alone thinking that it is hard to be motivated everyday to better yourself physically. Use the human connection with like minded people to give you that gym motivation to succeed.
Give yourself rewards for reaching milestones
Rewards are a great gym motivation, whether you want to reward yourself for achieving a certain number of workout days or certain number of pounds lost. Examples of rewards include small rewards such as watching a new episode of your favorite TV show or larger rewards such as buying something new.
Check out this great blog below where we dive deep into finding daily ‘wins’ for long term happiness, and a daily mental health boost!
Hire a personal trainer
A personal trainer is an excellent motivational tool. Personal trainers can help you come up with effective workout plans and give you ways to hold yourself accountable for your exercise and fitness training. You don’t have to stick with one forever–just long enough to get the tools that will help you stay motivated in the gym.
Make your workouts engaging
There are few things more demotivating than a boring workout that leaves you wanting to hop off the machine and do something else. If you make your workouts more engaging, you’ll ramp up the motivation that it takes to keep up with your workouts. Keep workouts engaging by turning on music, playing a movie, or taking a group class.
Change up your workout routine every now and then
If you find yourself doing the same workout day after day, you’re bound to get bored eventually. Change up your workout routine to keep yourself motivated. For example, if you usually do 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of cardio on a stationary bike, try something new–replace your stationary bike with a dance class and try out a new lifting technique.
Exercise at the right time of the day for your needs
The vast majority of people should do their primary workouts in the morning; morning workouts will give you the most energy and help you feel mentally that you are starting off the day on the right foot. Some people, however, may feel more energized with a mid-afternoon or evening workout before bed. Do what works best for you!
Check out this great blog from GREATIST that expands on the best time to go to the gym.
Go to a gym that you actually enjoy
You will feel more motivated and more energized by your workout if you actually like the gym space, so make sure to pick one that makes you feel happy.
There are many different types of workout spaces to choose from when looking for a membership to purchase.
- Crossfit Box
- Cycling Studio
- Yoga Studio
- Boxing Gym
- Circuit Training
- Big Box Gym
Share your workouts on social media
Sharing your workouts on social media can create a positive feedback loop that will help you feel better about your workouts–and help you stay motivated to do them every day.
Go ahead and get that workout selfie and update your stories, showing your following that your sticking to your goals and proud of it.
Make a short workout clip and hit the latest Tic Toc dance to finish it off, or be like me and grab your mom to high lite your fitness motivation videos!
Mark down your progress
In addition to tracking your workouts, you should keep track of your overall progress! Marking down your progress gives you a mental reward, whether you’re tracking pounds lost, increasing amounts that you can lift, or some other fitness goal. Don’t forget to add how your feeling each day, seeing a positive change to your happiness and mental health will be a huge win.
How do I motivate myself to workout everyday?
Keep a daily log of your gym progress. Add the time of day with a score out of 10 how you felt. Once you’re workout’s done, add a second score out of 10. Seeing the positive change from your first score to second will be motivating when you’re feeling down.
Be flexible with your gym schedule
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to be “perfect” with your healthy habits or you might as well not do them at all. If you plan to workout every day of the week and you miss Monday, you might think–”might as well not workout at all this week.” Retrain your brain to be flexible with your gym schedule so that you don’t feel like giving up every time you make a mistake.
Create a plan for obstacles keeping you from the gym
It’s not uncommon for your mind to create obstacles intended to keep you from going to the job. Write down a plan to tackle these obstacles so that you can overcome them. For example: “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” Solution? Go to bed earlier, then go to the gym first thing in the morning.
Now that you have read all 15 tips for gym motivation, which one stood out to you most? I would love to her it in the comments!
Do you have any other gym motivation tips that have helped you before? Leave that below so we can add it to the list!
Make sure to keep the above tips in mind and you’ll find yourself motivated to head to the gym plus feeling a positive boost in your mental health, in no time.