It’s not just time that people use as an excuse for the lack of motivation. The generic ‘I can’t be bothered’ is the other huge issue & it’s where a more thorough look at someone’s motivation needs to be analysed to overcome this foreseeable problem.
The best way to motivate the ‘I can’t be bothered’ crowd is to set goals with them.
Set goals that are SMART;
- Specific: They understand what they are going to achieve;
- Measurable: They can see where they’ve come from;
- Achievable: They can actually get to their goal
- Realistic: It can be done
- Timely: It has an end date and doesn’t drag on
It’s funny when people have a goal thrown in front of them they do all kinds of crazy stuff to get it done, however the mental state of someone is a huge factor into achieving this goal in the first place.
Hence why, getting someone motivated to go to the gym every day is a harder task then it says on paper, a personal trainer is a great way to start out, as they can put you in the right head space to begin with. A personal trainer will push you and make sure you’re going to work out & like your gym membership fee, they will make sure to charge you even more to make the lesson one that sticks.
After being in the right head space, it’s the old ‘getting myself into a new routine’ excuse that comes next. It takes most people 2 weeks to break, change or get used to a new routine.
That being said, getting into the rhythm of finding time during the working week, before or after work to get to the gym can be easily more achieved once you get into a good balanced routine.
Now, whether or not you’re a morning person, mornings for me are better to go to the gym.
With work starting at 8:30am, if I’m in the gym by 6:15am, I’m showered and out by around 8am. Now I do work out a bit longer than your average Joe, however, with that being said you can always modify your workout to fit a time restricted lifestyle.
If you’re an afternoon person, then you have after work to go to the gym. Let’s say 6pm onwards maybe even 6:30pm.
If you commit yourself to a 1 hour work out from 6:30pm till 7:30pm every night of the week, you still have time to get home, shower, cook, eat, relax and watch an episode of Game of Thrones AND be in bed by 10pm to ensure you get at least 7.5 hours of sleep.
Lastly, to keep yourself motivated, you have to reward yourself.
Whether it be, a cheeky snack once a week for going to the gym every day or putting my feet up and watching movies all day on my rest day, some sort of gratitude needs to be accepted for the hard work.
I personally reward myself for going to the gym every day by having an epic burger on my rest day (aka cheat day) to entertain myself that I have done so!
At the end of the day and you only get out what you put in, so if you want more, you have to put out more.
This blog was written by Luke Rigo who motivates himself on the daily to go to the gym, keep fit and be healthy!