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9 Ways to Inspire Yourself to Actually Start Hitting the Gym

Despite knowing that exercise is great for your health, it isn’t always to get the motivation to go to the gym, especially on cold mornings when all you feel like doing is sleeping in. We hear you, and we’ve all been there before, the good news is there are a few steps you can take which may inspire you to crawl out of bed and start working out, and we promise that when you do you’ll feel amazing.

1. When you’re lacking the motivation to workout you may have created 101 excuses in your mind as to why it’s okay if you miss that morning's workout, so the best thing to do is to start conquering these imaginary barriers one step at a time. Don’t feel like getting out of bed because it’s cold? Crank up the heating and put your workout clothes right next to the end of the bed to make it easier.

2. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself; if you take on too much too soon and insist that you workout every day you’re going to hate it. Start slow if you’re just starting to workout, and write down your fitness goals so you know what you want to achieve. Also, remind yourself why you started the gym in the first place and use this as your motivation.

3. Work out with someone! Having someone to workout with makes the process a lot more enjoyable. You can also motivate and encourage each other to reach your fitness goals, but more than anything it keeps you accountable and you’re less likely to skip out on your workout because you don’t want to let your friend down.

4. Get a personal trainer. Trainers don’t come cheap, so if you’re spending your hard earned cash on someone who can help you achieve your goals, you’re going to be more likely to stick to the appointments you make with them and be accountable. Also, these people are professionals who are there to cheer you on, push you to do better, and help you realize your fitness goals.

5. Join a gym that’s close to home. This will make it less of a mission to get out of bed if the gym you go to is easily accessible. But there’s a second part to this point, and that’s don’t just choose a place based on its price. If you don’t like the gym and its facilities you’ll be less motivated to go.

6. Consider livening up your routine by joining new classes.

7. Create a motivational playlist — there is nothing like a good tune to get you in the mood!

8. Keep a fitness journal or track your progress via an app, this will help to keep you accountable, but it will also allow you to see your results and serve as motivation to continue.

9 Get cute gym clothes! This may not be important to everyone but it makes a difference if you’re working out in clothes that you feel good in. High-quality clothes are worth the investment and you’re definitely going to be more likely to wear them.

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