Working out may result to tons of mental and physical benefits, yet we’re still so reluctant to do it sometimes. Whether you’re a newbie struggling to find motivation or a gym junkie going through a rut, here are some tips and tricks to get you started with your workout or back in it.
New Workout Attire
New attire is always a great incentive! Revamp your workout with some new workout gear. The right and new workout attire can be encouraging, enhance your performance, and it’s always more fun to work out when you look good doing it. Enclothed cognition is the psychological influence our clothes have on us. Certain clothes can cause us to experience a mental shift when we wear them, changing our attitudes and behavior as they have symbolic meaning. In short-dressing for success is very real, so gear up for gains!
Create a playlist of songs to pump yourself up with before and during your workouts. Let them endorphins start rushing. You’re more likely to train like a beast when you feel like one! Music can be an empowering and performance boosting tool when it comes to exercise. Consider creating a few playlists so you can listen to one that fits the vibe of your workout that day.
To all my beautiful desi ladies reading this, remember saree season is around the corner and I know we’re trying to look good for those winter weddings (at least before kacchi). Work out now so you don’t have to hide your tagged photos later! It doesn’t have to be too late to say saree.
Mix up Your Workout Routine
Pro tip: If you’re doing the same workouts regularly, it might be time for a change. Not only will doing the same workouts cause your muscles to develop immunity and hinder growth, but it can become boring. Push yourself to do more reps or use heavier weights. Incorporate new variations and exercises. Try a scene change and workout in a different environment. Try running at the park if you’re always running on the treadmill. You’ll experience better results and having something new to look forward to can be a great motivator!
Buy Fitted Clothing
Buy some clothes that’ll perfectly hug and show off the fit body you’ll soon have. Imagine how good you’ll look in them once you reach your desired goals. Allow them to serve as a reminder to get in shape. Try them on from time to time. If they don’t quite fit you as you’d like them to, then it’s time to hit the gym and work harder to get your money’s worth! Remember, do it for the after picture!
Self-motivation can be tough. So don’t do it yourself. There are so many cool apps which exist to remind and motivate you to workout. Most fitness goals require you to track your progress, which they’ve also made easy. Some apps assist you further by offering you work out guidance, which can especially be helpful if you’re new to the world of fitness. Try some and find which ones work best for you. They can definitely be handy and helpful tools to make your fitness journey a lot easier!
It can be incredibly demotivating to work out when you are unprepared. Prepare your gym bag the night before and clear out a time slot out in your schedule accordingly. Decide which muscle groups you will target or what kind of workouts you’ll be doing beforehand. Do your meal prep ahead of time. You’ll find it a lot easier to stay focused and motivated when you actually know what you are doing and when.