Are you searching for workout motivation tips? Need a nudge to stay motivated in the gym? I think we can all relate to these challenges, my friends.
I’m honored to have an experienced expert, a woman in her 60’s, to encourage and spur us on to action! Phyllis Lerner is the founder of Follow Phyllis, and she is a woman who truly lives by example, with over 40 years of experience in the fitness arena.
As a Weight Loss Coach and Personal Trainer focused on working with women in midlife, Phyllis brings a wealth of knowledge to the topic.
Here is what Phyllis has to say:
One of the biggest misconceptions about women who live an active and fit life is that it comes easy to them. The truth is, there is no magical gene that makes some of us more inclined to become a gym rat. Nor is there a lazy gene that makes some of us more inclined to become a couch potato. Like most good things in life, committing to a long term fitness routine is hard work.
Through my decades of working out and eating right – yes, ladies, I am 68 and proud!!! – I’ve uncovered a few tricks that have helped keep me motivated in the gym.
I find that these tips are particularly helpful during the holiday season, as there’s more temptation around (hello holiday treats and cocktails). Not to mention, less daylight and cold weather often deters a lot of people from going outside or getting in their cars to head to the gym.
How to Stay Motivated in the Gym – Workout Motivation Tips
Here’s how I keep myself in check:
1 | Make It a Date
Whether you use your iPhone calendar or a planner that you carry in your purse, make it a habit to schedule your workouts. Would you miss a doctor’s appointment or a commitment to see a friend? Probably not. Your health and happiness deserve that same respect.
2 | Dress for Success
Even if I have a lot to do before I can get to the gym, I often find myself putting my workout clothes on ASAP. This helps me get into the mindset that I am going to make it to the gym, and by the time I get there, I am ready to go.
I also think it’s fun to treat yourself to a great new sports bra or pair of leggings when you’re really sticking to your routine. You’re not only rewarding yourself here, you’re also building out your fitness wardrobe. You’ll surprise yourself by how excited you’ll be wearing your new gear next time you hit the gym.
3 | Shake It Up
From time to time, we fall into monotonous routines for the sake of convenience – but this will work against you in the gym. Do yourself a favor and mix things up.
Make a few days a week cardio-specific, and others all about weight-training. Try different machines, different weights – you can even use your own body weight. By alternating workouts, you won’t give your mind or body the chance to plateau.
4 | Take a Chance
Are you intimidated to sign up for a class or try a new gym? You’re not alone – especially if it’s a new type of workout. Sixty-five percent of women actually avoid the gym over a fear of being judged, according to a survey of 1,000 people across the U.S. by Fitrated.
But that should be even more reason to take a class. Odds are, more than half of the women in the there will be feeling the same way you do. The best case scenario? You find a new type of workout that you like, and you’ll be excited to sign up for the next class.
The worst case scenario? You don’t like it, but you still tried something different and got a work out in. Make it an effort to make yourself more comfortable in these types of scenarios.
5 | Call a Friend
If you’re going through a rut, phone a friend and ask them to join you for your next workout. Most gyms offer guest passes to members, so even if they don’t belong to the same facility as you, they can still visit.
Better yet – ask your friend to do the same and take you to their gym, as well. A change of scenery is always great, and you’re more likely to make a workout if you’ve planned to do it with someone else.
6 | Let Yourself Eat Cake
I mentioned it earlier, but rewarding yourself can go a long way. If you make it to the gym for seven days straight, do something for yourself. Take a day off. Get a new pair of shoes. See a friend. Go get that holiday-flavored latte you’ve been pining for.
To stay motivated, you have to recognize your success – big and small. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Being a middle-aged or older woman at the gym isn’t easy – but it’s powerful, and it’s worth it.
Phyllis Lerner, founder of Follow Phyllis
Phyllis Lerner has over forty years of experience in the fitness arena. She has worked as a Weight Loss Coach and Personal Trainer for many years focusing on middle aged women, and has designed an approach to health that is easy, understandable, realistic and attainable. Her website motivates, teaches, and encourages middle-aged women to be their very best through exercise, nutrition, fashion and beauty. Phyllis likes to have fun and her positive outlook is infectious.
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