10 Ways to Get to the Gym Regularly

Many of us begin exercise programs with the intentions of making fitness a habit. Unfortunately, hitting the gym after a long, hard day can quickly become our biggest obstacle.

Here 10 ways to get you in the door:

  • Pencil a gym trip on your calendar like you would other can't-miss events. This way, you're emphasizing the priority of fitness in your crowded life by consciously making time to exercise.
  • Set realistic goals to keep discouragement at bay. Is it realistic to become a marathon runner? Focus on what you want to get out of your exercise routine.
  • Know what you're going to do once you get to the gym. Plan ahead so that you know exactly what the trip to the gym will entail. Perhaps it's an hour of strength training or an intense spin class. Make a plan, and stick to it.
  • Have a backup plan. Something may happen that will keep you from going to the gym, but you can still work out at home with weights or cardio activities.
  • Gain support from your family. Let them know it's all about your health. Buddy up with a friend as a way to keep you motivated.
  • Record your favorite upbeat, motivating tunes so you can listen to them while exercising. Leave out all the sad, slow songs about lost loves. What you need are tunes to keep you going.
  • Start with your least favorite exercises at the beginning of your workout. You can look forward to your favorites at the end.
  • Remember the other reasons why you're working out, other than just toning up. You'll help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions; build strong bones; lower your cholesterol; have more energy; feel proud of yourself.
  • Get assistance from the trained staff at your fitness center- or hire a personal trainer. They can help you use proper procedures to avoid injuries and frustration, and tailor a fitness program for you. Besides the bucks you're paying, the trainer will motivate you to get to the gym.
  • Reward yourself when you reach a goal. Treat yourself to that new dress you've admired in the window of a department store, or that massage you've always wanted.