6 Ways to Actually Get Motivated for the Gym

6 Ways to Actually Get Motivated for the Gym

If you're having trouble sticking to your gym routine, use these six tricks to stay on track
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When the alarm goes off at 5am for the gym, it's easy to turn over and go back to bed. "I'll go after work," is what you tell yourself, but those hours come and go. Finding motivation to hit the gym – or even workout at home – can be a challenge.

If you're having trouble sticking to your gym routine, use these six tricks to stay on track.

1. Get a Workout Buddy

One of the best ways to stay motivated and actually get out of bed for the gym is to get a workout buddy. Being held accountable to someone is often motivation enough to get up and get moving. No one wants to let their friends down.

For the buddy system to really work, you have to choose someone who wants to be just as fit and healthy as you do. Find someone who's motivating. Find someone who will give you a hard time if you don't show up.

2. Make it a Competition

A little friendly competition can light a fire in your heart that pushes you to meet your workout goals. Compete with anyone and everyone. Prove the naysayers wrong.

Even if you're not competitive by nature, try surrounding yourself with people who are just a little bit faster or better than you. Just being in that atmosphere will push you to be better and keep up with the rest of the group.

3. Fuel Yourself

Some of us skip the gym because we're tired, overworked and in no state of mind to even look at a treadmill. Treating your body right and providing it with the right fuel will ensure that you have the energy to get there, get done and get home.

If you're not sure how to fuel your gym session, there are many resources online that will steer you in the right direction.

4. Set Micro Goals

Some of us lose hope when we don't see the progress we want or reach our goals after two weeks of working out. Setting micro, realistic goals will help you stay on track and give you those little boosts of confidence and satisfaction you need to keep going.

Also, reevaluate the goals you've set. Are they overly-ambitious? If you set the bar too high too early in the game, you'll set yourself up for disappointment.

5. Keep a Journal

A workout journal can serve as a reminder as to why you need to get up and get going. Write down how you feel after each workout. Keep track of your progress.

Reviewing your results and reminding yourself that you'll feel great after you finish will give you the boost you need to get to the gym.

6. Pick Something You Love

It's hard to stay motivated if you hate your workouts. If you despise running, don't do it. If you don't like the gym, try Pilates, rock climbing or a sport that you enjoy playing.

Find something that you love. If you love what you're doing, you'll find that it's easy to find the motivation to exercise. In fact, it may not even feel like exercise if you're having fun.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.
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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Having a Plan

It's OK if things don't work out as planned.

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Growing up is a lot of work. As we age, there comes a certain pressure to know exactly what you intend to do with your life. This is something that society and often times the people we love most demand of us. Our culture is so busy there is no time to waste. "You need to be driven, have a goal," is the scream of the world. This ideology has shaped every ounce of who we are. We panic when we don't know. We're supposed to have an answer.

We plan and we plan and we plan, and we make ourselves miserable in the process. We become so caught up in the logistics that we look all around us: left, right, forwards, and backward. We search all over to no prevail, and we forget to look up.

Proverbs 16:9 (HCSB):

A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.

This is something I've been learning in my time at college. And I'm a planner. I like a good plan. When things don't go according to plan, I tend to resort to panic.

All this to say, plans aren't a bad thing, but it's important to recognize it's OK if our plan doesn't work out exactly.

It's also OK not to know it all right now. There are things in life that will come to pass before we know it. So don't rush.

God's timing is more than perfect. Even when we don't understand.

God's plan is never messed up, so we should take comfort in that.

Rest in this truth today. Surrender your plans to the Lord, and take a breath.

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