As much as I love the gym, I’m not always motivated to go.
Some days, I get home from work exhausted. All that I want at the moment is my bed, some food and Netflix. Other days, I’m out simply enjoying life with my family and friends, but I don’t have a gym nearby. Basically, life tends to get in the way of my workouts. It happens.
Ideally, I would love to be well-rested, in a good mood and have a decent amount of energy to get the most out of my workout. As we all know, that’s hardly ever the case. Our mood and energy level fluctuates depending on several factors that are most likely out of our control. Still… we have to get our workouts in, one way or another.
Being tired is not an excuse to miss your workout. If I can drag my butt to the gym after pulling an all-nighter, working two shifts in a row and driving back-and-forth between Austin and San Antonio, you can get your butt to the gym after school.
Now, that’s not to say that if you feel ill or extremely exhausted you should go to the gym. There are limits. Obviously, you have to listen to your body… but being ‘tired’ doesn’t cut it for me.
I get that we all need a little motivation sometimes, so here’s what I usually do to get myself off the couch and into the gym.
Most of the people I follow on Instagram are fitness-oriented, so I get a decent amount of workout videos and ab selfies throughout my timeline. To be quite honest, I don’t usually check Instagram because I always end up comparing my body to others, thereby discouraging my personal progress. However, whenever I need an additional push to get myself to the gym, I’ll go look at it.
As an all-natural athlete, I don’t take supplements. I avoid things that people use as pre-workout or anything else that’s not actual food. As a result, I had to find a way to get ‘pumped’ to crush my workout somehow.
Typically, I’ll listen to a killer playlist to get my mood right. You all know that I’m a huge fan of reggeaton, EDM and rap. I don’t know whether it’s my Latina blood or just who I am, but music just does the trick for me. It gets me in my zone.
Remind yourself of your goals
There’s nothing that’s going to motivate you more than your actual goals. Sometimes we forget what we’re working towards, so make sure that you remind yourself why you’re doing this. Think about where you want to be and how you’ll get there. Remind yourself that a workout that lasts only an hour can get you way closer to your goal.
For example, here are some GOALS.
It’s all about mind over matter.
Well, that’s usually what gets me going. Hopefully, it’ll help you out.
Once I’m in the gym and I start my workout, I just get in my zone and get it done. I have yet to regret a single workout.