I was sitting in the gym one day, between seeing clients, and a man walked by my desk on his way out the door. I told him to have a good rest of the day, but he turned to me and said that the rest of his day was going to be like his session at the gym that he just ended — not great. He said he just didn’t have the motivation in him that day for a good workout, so he just decided to leave the gym early and get on with the rest of his day.
This is something I encounter on a daily basis. People just don’t have the motivation or the right mindset. Motivation is a finite thing — it won’t always be there, and you have to make it work for you. There will be times in the gym that you will be like this man and you won’t have that drive to really push yourself, or you won’t want to go in the first place. This is where your mindset comes into it.
You have to be positive. I realize it’s easier said than done, and you read about it all the time. But guess what? It works. You’ll be amazed at what a positive outlook will do for you. Those days where you don’t have that push to get everything done become a lot easier to handle when you can stay positive.
When it relates to the gym, just think about how good you’re going to feel after the workout or how proud of yourself you’ll be. Use that to get you through it if you’re short on motivation. Like everything else in life that is difficult, the gym takes time. Stay positive and stay consistent, then you won’t even need the motivation to get you started in the right direction. Muscles are great, but if your mind and attitude are working against you, you’ll never get the results you’re looking for in the gym.
Nick Adams is a certified personal trainer at Nautilus Fitness Center in Alton. He recently moved to Alton with his wife and trains at the same gym where he began his journey. Nick can be reached at NickAdams161@gmail.com.