I have to admit that I was (and sometimes still am) not the most motivated person when it comes to fitness. For years I tried to do exercises at home and even signed up for a gym but without having any work-out plan and after a few months I gave up on that either. Whenever I saw people on Instagram doing their work-outs and looking just great I thought “how is it possible that they have such motivation? do they actually enjoy doing it? Am I really such a lazy person without any discipline and motivation?”
My work-outs at home looked like this: not having any plan I just started with some exercises and I stopped when it got really hard. Squats were the worst for me. So after doing a few I just stopped and kept going with a different exercise. Because sometimes I didn’t have much time or because there were other things I wanted to do instead I did everthing quickly to just finish it.
I tried several things like yoga or pilates etc. but after a few weeks I always lost the interest and did not continue.
And here I am now in April 2018: I get up every morning at 06:00 to go to the gym before work from Monday to Friday. Saturday I usually rest or do just some stretching and Sunday I do work-outs outside at the park with my room mates or friends.
So how did I do that? Someone told me that if you do something for 21 days, you get used to it. The first thing I did was signing up for a gym. But not a cheap gym like last time. I signed up for a good gym, that has personal trainers that help you and even make your a training plan. They did an app for members so they can see all the exercises. It makes going to the gym so much easier! I am a person who tries to save as much money as possible if it comes to things that are not really necessary, but I am telling you that spending a little more on a good gym will make a huge difference, especially if you are a beginner and don’t know much about the different kinds of exercises.
The first few days when waking up at 6:00 it was a real struggle. I thought almost every day that I could just skip one day and sleep a little longer but NO!! Fight the battle and get up! After a few minutes being awake you won’t even mind anymore and right after leaving the gym you will feel great! And you will feel even better when leaving work and going home because you will think: “All right, now I can go home and do whatever I want to because I already did my work-out”.
If you prefer going to the gym after work that’s also great, but just DO IT! Don’t think: “I don’t feel like working out today, I just skip it and continue tomorrow”. Don’t think too much about whether you go to the gym or not. This should not be any question at all. You have to make clear that you go to the gym because it’s part of your routine now. If you really want things to change you need discipline. So my advice is: don’t make it an option like “should I go today or not”, but make it part of your day and your mind will change. You will see that after 3 weeks of strictly going to the gym you will then feel like there is something missing if you actually skip it for a while (which I do not recommend because it is imporant to keep doing exercises several times a week but I understand that sometimes under certain circumstainces people have to make a break for a while i.e. when you get sick, travel for work etc.)
I can only tell you this: your motivation will get better but it will never be that easy like it looks on Instagram or whatsoever. But by doing the exercises constantly you will feel better, healthier and proud of yourself. I think it also makes you love your body more which is really important too. Just fight against what your mind is telling you because your body for sure can do it. It is only the mind blocking your actions.