Our bodies need regular physical activity to remain healthy. Gyms are an excellent way to achieve this. The presence of other people makes it a social event, so you’re more likely to continue going and exercising to maintain those relationships. You might find jogging every morning too boring, whereas gyms offer a variety of classes. The hard part is getting yourself to sign up and start going. Here are a few tips to help motivate you.
Make Workouts Fun
One of the best ways to get people to the gym is to combine workouts with fun. You could seek out fun activities like climbing walls or sports that you enjoy. You could reward yourself with massages or time relaxing in the sauna after your workout. Another strategy is becoming a de facto tourist, intentionally trying out a variety of workout equipment and exercise classes to keep things interesting.
Make it a Competition
A little “healthy competition” has several meanings here. First up, if you’re working out with friends, they’ll help keep you accountable with fitness goals. For example, they might encourage you to walk so many miles per week or losing so many kilos per month. Secondly, they’ll push you to exceed your plan and achieve more.
If your goal was five laps today, someone may use positive peer pressure to get you through the sixth lap. Joining a sports team that counts on you coming to games can also add a good amount of pressure. Another good option is using apps to compare your performance and activity levels to others. This could result in incentives via the app or just let you see your name on the leaderboard. If you’re already working out at home, consider attending a gym and hiring a personal trainer to see if you can improve your performance, whether it’s lifting more weight or doing more reps per session.
Give Yourself a Financial Incentive
Find a private health insurance policy that incentivise gym memberships and exercise classes. This could give you several reasons to hit the gym or go for a jog. They may require proof that you’re visiting the gym regularly to subsidise the membership costs. Or they may want you to upload the data from your fitness tracker to prove you’re getting your heartrate up. Just remind yourself of how much money you could be saving on your health insurance.
A New Year’s resolution or a health scare may make you consider joining a gym. However, most of us need a few more reasons to sign up for membership and make visiting it a habit. Whichever method you choose, it’ll be worth it in the end. You can’t put a price tag on good health.