Whether you think about it or not, the stuff that you say to yourself matters. “Self-talk,” as the process is called scientifically, is known by experts to be influential in how you perceive yourself, the world around you, and what you can do.
It’s no wonder that you’ve caught yourself staying at home instead of hitting the gym when it comes to exercise, you tell yourself a lot of lies. From “you can’t do it,” to “you’re so out of shape it’s embarrassing,” chances are that your self-critical attitude is demotivating you.
The good news is, you can change that really quick! Start telling yourself these 10 gym motivational tips in order to get your butt to the gym more regularly:
1. It’s Not as Hard as You’ve Been Thinking
One of the most common ways people psych themselves out of the gym is by making themselves feel that a workout is a lot harder than it really is. Remind yourself that exercising isn’t as hard as you’ve been thinking. Focus on workout motivation ideas like:
- Exercises you enjoy.
- Stretches that feel good.
- The fact that you can (and even should) stop if it hurts or tires you too much.
2. The Best Place to Start is the Treadmill
Most people like going for a walk. You walk around all the time. Tell yourself that you’ll start on the treadmill. As you move at a comfortable pace, the aerobic exercise of walking will boost your blood flow and oxygen intake, so you’ll soon feel more equipped for more intense exercises.
3. More Energy Is On the Way
Once you start exercising, it gets easier to keep going. Even if you don’t realize it at first, your body actually enjoys the motions of getting stretched. It’s pleasant to your muscles, just like stretching, when you first wake up! Accordingly, your body releases hormones like endorphins when you exercise and those hormones give you the energy to work harder.
4. Your Mood Will be Better in No Time
The same endorphins that you give you more energy to exercise also lift your mood. So, a natural side effect of working out is thinking more positively and feeling happier. That’s a motivation to exercise!
5. You Have Goals to Meet
If you haven’t set goals for yourself yet, get started now. People are reward- and achievement-driven. Setting goals and reminding yourself of what they are will help you to push through challenges in order to succeed. Just be sure to set attainable goals, like losing a healthy amount of weight in a reasonable amount of time or reducing the time it takes for you to jog a mile.
6. Those Aches and Pains Will Improve
You might get sore just thinking about the gym, but working out actually strengthens and builds up your muscles so that you experience fewer aches and pains in the normal course of your day. As you prepare for the gym and consider packing ice for your aching muscles, remember that after just a few weeks of exercising regularly, you’ll feel better.
7. You’re Protecting Your Future
Of the many benefits of exercise, boosting your overall health is definitely at the top of the list. If you need to get your butt to the gym, just remind yourself that exercising takes care of your body, which improves your future. For instance, exercise:
- Lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and more.
- Improves your flexibility, keeping your joints and muscles stronger and healthier longer.
- Enhances your internal organ’s endurance, including your heart and lungs.
8. It Won’t Take All Day
Did you know that just a few minutes of exercise can be really good for you? Depending on the type of workout you like to complete, you can pack in a lot of exercise in a just a short amount of time. For example, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can give you a full body workout in just 10 minutes.
9. You Can Do It
As simple as it sounds, this basic phrase offers you much needed encouragement and support. Experts in sports psychology have found that urging yourself on helps you to better feel instructed as you exercise. As a result, you might find that reminding yourself that you can do it while facing a hard task enables you to complete it more confidently and accurately.
10. They’re Counting on You
Taking the time to exercise means that you’re taking care of your body. When you take care of yourself, you also take better care of those you love. Whether your kids, your friends, your spouse, or anyone else who depends on you, it’s important for your loved ones to be able to rely on you. A healthier, more fit you is more reliable, so think on that as fitness motivation while you grab the keys and get your butt to the gym!