Whether we are lifting weights, jogging, swimming or engaging in another fitness activity, we all know that getting the motivation to go can sometimes be a problem. We often use “going to the gym” as a metaphor for other activities in which we can easily lack motivation. When we lack motivation, it is very easy to become distracted and conjure up reasons why we can’t get it done today, and we add to our long lists of things we need to get done.

For me, I choose to make “going to the gym” a habit, and I stick to it by simply blocking out specific time during the week. For example, I go to the gym every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and if I can help it I will not let other events get in the way. I know that there is only one way to get results, and that is to actually go to the gym – So I try not to think about what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it, or what might get in the way, I just simply go. Once I’m on the way, I will come up with a game plan and decide what muscle groups I plan to work on that day, as I try to rotate between back and biceps, chest and triceps, shoulders and legs. I also take into account a short, warm-up run (3-5 miles). Again, I can’t stress enough how important it is to just go! Don’t over think it, remember you only get results when you go, and you can always worry about the details along the way…

Here are some helpful motivating tips I found from Britt Hysen

Ian Holtz,
Manager, Business Development