There are days that you feel tired and sluggish. For some of us, it is hard to motivate yourself to exercise because you just don’t feel like it. But, sometimes all you need is to do is to pick yourself up, get out of bed, go to the gym, and work out.

So maybe some of you are already wondering, how on earth do you get yourself motivated to go to the gym and work out when you feel very lethargic? Below are eight practical tips you can ponder on to get the body moving and get your feet out of the door.

Condition your mind

Our brain has the most influence on our actions. Our mind is a very powerful thing that dictates our mood, attitude, and decision towards almost everything that we do. It is very important to remember that before getting up and heading towards the gym, you should have a very positive mindset on working out. Once you master this mind conditioning exercise, you will be amazed at the results that it can give you.

Enjoy what you do

Top two things that will motivate you in going to the gym and working out: enjoying and loving what you do.

When we have a positive emotion or feeling in a certain place or thing, our minds instantly create a connection that makes you want to crave for that feeling again. So even if you feel a bit lazy at the moment, you will certainly want to get moving because you are yearning and want the positive emotion to take over your day.

Look at yourself dressed in workout clothes

It helps you get motivated when you look at yourself in the mirror all geared up for the gym. It somehow persuades our mind to go out and push for a specific task like jumping onto the treadmill or yoga stretching. When are eyes are satisfied, we become confident and inspired.

So what are you waiting for? Go buy those workout clothes that you’ve been eyeing for weeks and invest in them.

Focus on your goals

Since we are using visual cues as our great motivator today, have you ever heard of vision boards? Vision boards help us visualize our goals – it unfolds ways on how to achieve our targets and it invokes us to take action.

As for going to the gym and working out, try making one for your fitness goals. It is best to place it in areas or corners that you likely see it regularly. Maybe on top of your bed headboard, office wall, or at your desk.

It also stimulates your brain to be creative, thus, another reason to feel positive about working out.

Be realistic

Setting an almost impossible goal is unrealistic and may only lead you to frustration and quitting. Only set attainable fitness goals. Aiming for a body like that of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, a 10-year marathoner or a body like Rocky is unworkable and also unhealthy. It may cause doing workouts you should not do and perform, and follow an even stricter diet that may negatively affect your body.

Get a good trainer

Getting a personal trainer is one of the best tips that we can advise to help you get motivated in your fitness journey. It might cost you additional bucks but this tip is worth it. Personal trainers will not only guide you and walk you through the proper ways of working out but they will also impart their knowledge by giving you pep talks. Personal trainers also help to build customizable routines that are perfectly fit in your lifestyle and goals.

Progress tracking

Let’s admit it, when we see and feel that we are making progress, we are more motivated. No matter how small your progress is, it is still considered progress and at the end of the day, it will later add up to your fitness success.

Try having your logbook or diary indicating your fitness routines, your start weight, your diet, and the like. As you look back, you will be amazed by how much progress you have made over time. Some also log in their exercise minutes, reps, and sets! It might be an additional task for you to do, but again it is going to be worth it at the end.

The good news is, most of today’s mobile phones have an app version of this and you may download one for yourself. By tracking what you have accomplished today, you will want to outperform that the following work out.

Consistency is key

To be able to keep your pace at going to the gym, it is very important to stick to your workout schedule. By doing this, you become more disciplined in performing your tasks.

We know it is sometimes challenging to go to the gym regularly. But we strongly believe in you and your capabilities to hit your goal towards fitness. that ‘s why at Rec Xpress, we encourage you to visit any of our 6 conveniently located branches and talk to our staff about our gym membership fee. We hope to see you there!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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