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  • Julia Schweitzer

How To Stay Motivated in the Gym

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Prioritizing your health and well-being is single-handedly the best thing you can do for yourself. However, finding the motivation to do so can be challenging - I know. Juggling a healthy balance between work, school, friends, and family is difficult; adding ourselves into the equation? Out of the question! BUT not anymore! Because I'm here to give you a few simple, easy tips to help you stay motivated in the gym

Health and wellness is, very often times, overly glamorized in the media. Social media influencers preach workout sessions that last 1-1.5 hours and involve running to lose weight. Seemingly, these influencers make it look not only fun but easy to get up and go. So when we start the journey, and it's hard, ugly, and uncomfortable, we feel lost and alone. Like, maybe it's just a me problem. Well, don't worry, it's not!

Because you CAN do it... Why?

Working out is 30% physical and 70% mental!

You may be wondering what does this mean? And really, it's super simple.

Finding the motivation to even go to the gym is the hardest feat to overcome. Getting over those mental hurdles of doubting, questioning, or psyching yourself out is the hardest part. Once you're at the gym, you've already beat your biggest challenge!

So, let's walk through some things to keep in mind the next time you find yourself in a workout slump so you can conquer that 70% hurdle.

  1. Establish a healthy relationship with fitness BEFORE you start

Establishing a healthy relationship with your fitness journey and, more importantly, your body is essential. So many people force themselves into the gym because they compare themselves to others around them. Comparing yourself to girls on social media only makes you unhappy and uncomfortable in your own skin.

When you force yourself to the gym under these negative terms and conditions ( I have to work out because I need a slim waist before summer, or I need to run instead of walk because I need to lose 5 lbs by next month), you instantly set your future self up for failure.

This habit of forcing yourself into the gym makes it so more mentally challenging.

Establishing this unhealthy relationship with working out right off the bat limits your potential in the gym. It’s hard to find the courage to go to the gym when we put ourselves down when the results are not instantaneous.


2. Keep your workouts fun and light-hearted

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Find out what makes you feel good. Forget the TikTok videos and Pinterest blogs that say you must lift heavy weights or run daily. When you find out what works for your body, it becomes fun and less of a chore. Making the gym fun also helps with consistency.

Now that you know it's all about the mindset, these are just a few things I do actually to hold myself accountable:

  • Splurge on a cute workout set

Wearing a super workout set always helps to keep me motivated in the gym because when you look good, you feel good, too! This activewear set from Astoria Activewear is one of my favorites to wear! It's comfy, squat-proof, and super affordable!

If you're looking for cute workout clothes, shop my favorite look HERE and save 15% when you use code SCHWE15 at checkout!

  • Go with a friend

Having a gym buddy to keep you accountable is the best for you! Going to the gym is also fun because you work out with friends. My roommate and I like to attend the spin classes that ISU offers, and we get a great workout in and have fun while doing it!

  • Write it down

When I write out a schedule, I feel more accountable because this way, the goal feels obtainable, and it feels good knowing each day I’ve scheduled time to work on my goals and keep myself healthy!

If you take anything away from this post, let it be this: Your body loves you, so love it back! Build a healthy relationship with your body and the gym, have fun, and be grateful your body allows you to move in ways it can't for others. Staying motivated in the gym isn’t easy, but consistency is critical to doing what will make you feel your very best! You can do this.

P.S. I'd love to connect with you! I wanna hear all the ways you stay motivated in the gym too! So please message me with questions, stories, or tips on your fitness journey.


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