I can’t get myself to work out - what now?

Have you ever felt that internal resistance to exercise? Maybe you've promised yourself you'll start exercising regularly, but every time you think about going to the gym, it seems like too much effort. If you are in this situation, don't worry, you are not alone. Many people face the same problem, but it is important to remember that there are ways to overcome this feeling and start building healthy habits. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Find inner motivation

Think about why you want to exercise. Do you want to improve your health, have more energy, or feel better in your skin? Setting clear goals can help you find the inner motivation to take action. The reasons for exercising vary from person to person, so it's important to think carefully about what exactly is your inner motivator. Try to be as specific as possible - for example, I want to lose weight so that I can play with my children without worry, I want to build muscle mass so that I feel stronger and have more confidence, etc.

2. Choose activities you enjoy

Exercise doesn't have to be boring or strenuous. Find activities that give you satisfaction and joy. It can be dancing, cycling, walking in nature, or group training with friends. When you do something you love, you are more likely to engage in those activities regularly. Always keep in mind the first tip - if your goal is to build muscle mass, regular walking will not be enough to achieve that goal. So match your expectations with the type of activity you decide to do. Let's take for example the situation that you want to work on strength, but you do not like to work out in the gym. At Gyms4you, group training sessions are also available, which are a great way to add an element of fun and togetherness to your training, while at the same time actively working towards your goals.

3. Start slowly

Don't immediately burden yourself with high expectations or heavy training. Instead, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercise. Even just a few minutes of exercise a day can have a positive impact on your health and mood. A common mistake for beginners is to start exercising too intensively, which leads to rapid overstimulation. If you decide to do intense training right at the beginning, your body will require longer rest or more time to recover from a possible injury, which will cause a longer gap between training sessions and hamper your consistency.

4. Create a routine

Integrate exercise into your daily routine to make it easier to maintain continuity. Setting a specific time of day to exercise can help you not miss it. Since you can exercise at Gyms4you at any time of the day or night, you have the option to fully adjust the training time to your capabilities and obligations. Also, work on creating an environment that encourages exercise—prepare your workout clothes in advance or find a workout partner.

5. Be gentle with yourself

Don't judge yourself for lack of motivation or missed workouts. It's important to be gentle with yourself and understand that occasional flaws are normal. Instead of thinking about how you haven't exercised yet, focus on taking small steps toward your goals each day. 

It is important to understand that exercise is part of the journey to a healthier and happier life, but it is not always easy. It's important to be patient with yourself and look for strategies that work best for you. Remember that exercise is good for you and will help you in other areas of your life. No matter how hard it is to start, every step you take towards your goals brings you closer to feeling better and to improved health - so get started today!

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