A lot of times I wonder about what separates those who keep going to the gym from those that drop out. I don’t think its entirely about who’s weak/lazy/etc and who’s not. I think a lot of the beginners could probably be labeled (or label themselves) with such terms at the daunting task of self-improvement. I think the big issue is continued motivation.
So, I’m just wondering what a few of the more experienced folks do to keep themselves motivated- and more importantly -what keeps you going back to the gym.
Just to let you know, here are a few tips I’ve already heard:
*Have a Lifting Partner - If you’re a little sick/tired Monday morning and you really don’t want to go into the gym, you’ll probably make an extra effort if you know you’re meeting your friend there.
*Bring an I-pod or MP3 Player - Believe it or not, yesterday my gym was playing Ricky Martin and some of those new Gwen Stefani songs where she raps. Nuff said…
*Positive Reinforcement/Rewards - Something maybe as simple as scarfing down a huge chocolate whey-milkshake right after working out.