8 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED TO GYM
The ‘I-don’t-wanna’ syndrome has plagued mankind since the day of existence. It is difficult to sustain a constant level of energy to do almost anything. However, greatness comes to those who persevere through it. What if Martin Luther King had said “I have a dream… but I don’t wanna!”
Some days your body just refuses to get out of bed, especially after an intense session at the gym. We all wish a six-pack would pop out after a round of sit-ups. But life does not work like that. You might just have to struggle and grind till you come out shiny and glorious. Then again, at times crawling through cow dung sounds more appealing because it’s warmer and softer than the foam you bench press on. Keeping that in mind, here are eight ways to get through those days when you just don’t feel like it.
I. PLAN PROPERLY
Failure to plan is planning to fail. You don’t want to fail, do you? If you answered “no”, then you ought to have a plan ready. Wondering what to do just seconds before you hit the gym is a huge mistake because that is time consuming and will make you reconsider your workout session and odds are, you’ll withdraw. So plan ahead. You’ll know what to do and just knowing what to do is enough to actually do it. And if you answered “yes” to the question, please, rethink your existence.
Having a clear mind is important. Meditate before you work out. Just relax. Feel good. Feel light. Breathe in. Breathe out. This is also a good time to plan. So plan. Do this for 20 minutes and you should be feeling good. And hence, feeling good has a big hand in helping you walk to the gym and work on that body.
III. TRAIN WITH AN IMAGINARY PARTNER
Wouldn’t it be great to have Rocky do squats with you and motivate you with a sweaty paralyzed lip? Well, he is no more than an imagination away. Honestly, you can train with just about anyone you admire, from Schwarzenegger to Ronaldo, and that is a great way to keep yourself going.
IV. REALIZE OTHERS HAVE IT WORSE
Have you seen a match of wheelchair basketball? Have you seen how well sculptured their bodies are, especially their arms? They train like beasts, yet they can’t walk like you do. So what’s your excuse? Be grateful that you can run and deadlift. You can do far more than they can and you should take full advantage of that luxury.
V. GET HYPED BY WATCHING FIGHT SCENES
Have you ever imagined yourself in a movie, surrounded by baddies and just taking them to town with your awesome kung-fu moves? Honestly, we all feel an adrenalin rush when we watch an intense fight scene from a Bruce Lee movie or that last scene from Kill Bill. If you really want to up the ante, give Green Street Hooligans a watch. So just watch fight scenes from Matrix, Crows Zero, maybe even some South Indian ones, basically anything in which one guy takes on hoards and hoards like a boss. Get pumped by it and hit the gym. (Refrain from hitting anything/ anyone else.)
VI. MIX IT UP
Here’s the thing about plans, it gets boring after a while. If you’re the guy who does legs on monday, chest on tuesday and so on and repeat it week after week, I am not surprised that you have lost the motivation to work out. So you need to mix it up. Don’t fall into a routine. Use the meditation time to get creative. In addition, your muscles will thank you for the diversity. Muscle memory is tricky. They’ll think: oh this guy is gonna do his chest now, then shoulders, then arms… They’ll not be efficient that way. Trick them and make them burn more.
Like that of the fight scene, anger significantly pumps you up. Just imagine your boss, your ex, that uncomfortably competitive coworker, that waiter who was rude to you, your high school bully, Rishi Dhamala, just anyone who really piss you off as the punch back. And need I say it? Go crazy! Workout. Stress relief. What else do you need?
VIII. VIEW WORKOUT AS YOUR REWARD
If you take working out like a punishment, no wonder you’re still on your couch flipping channels. But if you think of it as a reward, as a medium to relieve yourself after a hard day’s work, you’ll be dying to smell the acrid air of your gym shoes at the end of the day. Yes, working out actually rejuvenates you. Besides, food tastes better and water quenches more after working your butt off. And of course, there’s always a manly sense of accomplishment when you walk back home with sore muscles, savoring every bit of the DOMS.