So you realize you need to be fit, you are motivated and you take the first step and join a gym. You pay the membership fee, buy new gym clothes (and new shoes too) for a workout. Day 1 goes fine, you come out tired but excited. Day 2 looks good. You skip Day 3 because you have some super important things that you need to do on this day. After a few days, you are seen only intermittently at the gym and after some time you realize that it has been more than a month since the last time you went to the gym.
Whether you decide to go to a gym or choose any sport, cycling, running, walking, etc., it is very common that your motivation level goes down and the physical workout goes down in the priority list.
How to keep the motivational levels high and get into the habit of working out?
You must show up consistently at the designated spot and time, every day. When you decide on the location for your workout, choose a place that you like going to, your favorite park, or a stretch of a road with lots of greenery, or a gym with a good ambiance.
Set a time during the day that you are least busy, that time when you won’t be interrupted with family or work-related chores. Early morning is the best time to exercise, especially for outdoor activities. Air quality is good and no interruptions.
There will be some days when you will feel lazy and not feel like working out. Even these days, show up at the place.
Tag along with a buddy who follows his fitness regime religiously.
If you are the type of person who does not like monotony, choose different activities for different days of the week.
Set some goals for yourself, if you can run for 3 kilometers effortlessly, aim for a few extra meters for the next day. There are a lot of mobile apps that can record your activity. You can use the mobile app to keep track of your progress to motivate yourself and motivate others.
Remember that the choices that you make every day determine how your body behaves, do you want your body to be in your control or do you want to hand it over to doctors, diagnostics, medicines, etc?