A new gym, fitness routine, or overall change is always exciting. Your motivation is through the roof, you feel inspired…but before long, the couch and hitting up a fast food joint on your way home from work start to sound a lot easier. I believe that it is in our nature to get excited about something when it’s new and as the days goes on, work or school starts to consume most of your time and all of a sudden the excuses start to flood in. Anything from lack of time to simply lacking motivation are enough to make you feel like you can’t achieve your goals. I think it’s important to find time to balance between your everyday responsibilities and the time you spend on your fitness goals. Of course by doing so, there will obviously be obstacles that get in your way. I’ve listed the top 6 fitness obstacles (in my opinion) and I’ve include smart ways that you can overcome them to keep you on track with your goals.I don’t have enough time. Finding time between work, school, chores, running errands or whatever comes your way can be tough. The key to making it work is be efficient and making it convenient to your schedule.
- Wake up earlier. If you find yourself struggling to get to the gym after a long day, try working out in the morning, whether it be getting to the gym or even an at home workout.
- Use your time wisely. If you usually drive to your friends or to get coffee after dinner, instead, try and find ways to get your exercise by walking or biking. Even finding ways to get active in your daily tasks such as parking further away at the grocery store or opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference.
- If you travel frequently and always feel like you fall off track, I’ve got you covered. Every hotel usually has a workout facilities and a swimming pool, they are there for you to use so take advantage of that.
- Start small. Start with even a 10 minute walk after dinner. Eventually start increasing the time, try a 20 minute walk and eventually you’ll be walking 30 or even 40 minutes no problem.
- Bring your gym bag with you. Whether it be to work or school, try packing your gym bag to avoid an unwanted stop at home.
- Schedule time. Put it in your phone. Set an alarm. Write it down. Schedule time out of your day weather it’s at lunch or in the morning and commit that time to your workout like you would any other appointment.
- Overall health. Ask yourself a few questions. Are you getting enough sleep? Eating enough? Eating the right foods? Having a well-balanced diet and sleep regimen play a huge part in your energy levels.
- Gym timing. I understand that not everyone has the luxury to be able to schedule there workout around their gyms peak hours but keeping this in mind can help your workouts be a little more comfortable. I like to work out in the morning instead of night because my gym doesn’t have as many people in it in the mornings. Knowing your gyms highest traffic hours can help you plan your workouts around those hours.
- Everyone starts as a beginner. Every single person in the gym had to be a beginner and start at one point. You are allowed and welcomed to be there just as much as someone who has been working out for years. The gym is just as much your space as theirs, remember that.
- Find a buddy. Working out with a friend can make you feel more comfortable and boost your confidence.
- Explore your interests. Going to the gym isn’t the only way to exercise! Try roller blading. Jogging outdoors. Joining a CrossFit gym. Swimming. There are more ways to workout then just the gym.
- Music is your friend. Make a playlist before heading to the gym or check out different music on Spotify. Music always motivates me to work harder.
- Entertain yourself. If you have to get your cardio in and after 5 minutes on the elliptical you get bored, use your phone to watch Youtube videos or catch up on your favorite tv shows.
- Know your excuses. You know yourself better than anyone else. Know your excuses and commit to working on them. Once you start to work on the obstacles that keep coming in your way, the drive to workout will become easier.
- Tell people what your goals are. Having your friends and family support you can not only help you stay on track but they can also hold you accountable, too.
- Lack of motivation? I’m not sure about you but a new workout outfit or a new pair of shoes is sure to make me want to head to the gym. Spark your motivation by treating yourself.
- Set realistic expectations. If you go to the gym planning to squat 2x your body weight or hoping to lose 20 pounds in a week; you will end up feeling defeated. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. There is no rush, so make realistic goals and when you start to accomplish them, your motivation is sure to rise.
Get outside.Think of activities that require little/no equipment; walking, jogging or jumping rope are all cheap ways to work out.
Use the internet. Youtube is filled with hundreds of thousands of at home workout videos.
- Use your community. A lot of cities will have community centers that offer student deals and overall cheaper prices than a regular gym. Most community centers also have free open houses, open gyms and public swimming.
- Shop around. You don’t need to go to a high end gym to see results. There are a lot of gyms that have memberships for less than 10 dollars a month. To put that into perspective for you, that’s about the cost of two Starbucks drinks.
At the end of the day there will always be obstacles that seem to get in our way of not only our fitness goals but general goals in life. Identifying those obstacles and knowing how to overcome them can really make all of the difference between if we succeed or fail. So the next time you find your motivation dissipating, remember this: If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excise. What are you going to choose?