I am not a gym-freak or a health nut. I exercise because I don’t have an alternative. I also don’t believe that I should deprive the foodie in me.
I have made fitness a part of my life the past couple of years. It hasn’t been an easy journey. It has had ups, downs and plateaus. (It continues to remain that way) There are days when I am so inspired that I am there at the gym regularly and raring to go. Then there are days when I drag my feet and make small talk with the people at the gym to avoid getting on with my workout. And then there are days when I seek excuses not to go the gym.
Finding motivation is a task in itself. It is as big as the workout session itself. Over the past couple of years, I have developed a system of ways to motivate myself. No it doesn’t involve keeping a food log or getting on a scale. I hate both of those tasks. It doesn’t involve having someone to talk to or having a trainer. As an introvert, most days I am anti-people.
Here are some ways I motivate myself to hit the gym,.
Following the Right People on Social Media
Twitter and Instagram are my go-to motivation sources. I follow a number of fitness related tweeters and seeing the tweets and pictures is an instant motivation. Every time I scroll through my timeline, I see a fitness related post guilting, tempting, and motivating me.
Workout apps are plenty. I don’t use any apps to actually workout but I download new ones every few weeks. Just seeing them on my phone multiple times a day is a motivation.
The Right Playlist
I listen to music while I workout. I actually switch on the music as I drive to the gym and get into the mood. My workout playlist is eclectic and fits me well. Every few weeks I take the time to actually clean up and update the list.
Confession: There are days when I workout to carnatic music.
Try something new. There is always something new popping up. Try a new class, join a group or whatever rocks your boat. I recently tried Iyengar Yoga and Pure Barre. I have been quite regular at Pure Barre the past month. I know I will grow tired of it soon but for now it gets me into the gym.
Binge Watch TV
Favorite TV shows and wifi at the gym are great for cardio routines. I pop on the machine, set the speed and incline, plug my headsets and start watching. It is a great time to enjoy your favorite show and multi-task.
I love my workout sessions with kuttyma (my daughter). We both hit the gym and plank together. We have boxing sessions and work with weights. It is always fun to workout with the family. Some gyms offer family workout sessions.
Family workouts don’t have to be in the gym. On Saturdays, we grab our cycles and head to the nearest park with some balls to toss around. (Bubbles inevitably appear but that is another story all together.)
Bribe yourself. I often treat myself to a drink at Starbucks if I get 4 workouts a week. It totally makes it worth it.
Athleisure is a rage right now. Have you seen the cute outfits available? Shopping for cute outfits to wear to the gym is another reason to hit the gym. Yes, athleisure pieces aren’t cheap but it they get you motivated and moving go indulge.
A Team Sport
I am really not a team sport person but I know many who swear by it. Joining a amateur team is a surefire way to get a workout.
What motivates you to get to the gym? Spill the beans.
A version of this post first appeared on my personal blog.
Image credits: Vinitha