Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to get over the holiday hump and back into the gym. Not only will your body look snatched in time for beach season, your overall health will improve as well. Easier said than done, right? We understand. Getting back to the gym after a hiatus can be tasking. But never fear, we’ve got your back. Check out our tips below for 7 ways to return to your gym groove.
Bring a Buddy
Having a workout partner makes the whole process so much easier. Not only do you have someone to cheer you on as you complete those last five reps, you also have someone depending on you. There’s no way I’d make it to the gym at 7am on my own account. However, if I know I have a friend waiting for me, it gives me the push I need to get out of bed versus pressing snooze.
Have a BOMB Playlist
Having a good playlist can get you through even the longest cardio session. For a while, Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive was my holy grail for cardio. I was so hyped, I could run forever. To this day, whenever it comes on shuffle I get pumped and want to go for a run.
Find a few Instagram accounts to inspire your commitment! Everytime you see them pop up on your feed they’ll help keep you on track. Or, just watch this workout dance video Teyana Taylor did for Vogue, because she’s pure goals.
Don’t Stop at Home
I repeat, do not stop at home before you go to the gym! A quick stop to change into workout clothes somehow always becomes a three hour Netflix binge session. Bring your clothes with you and change at the gym so you won’t have any distractions.
Go out and get yourself a cute outfit to wear for your workout. If anything, hopefully stunting at the gym will be enough to get you there.
Plan It Out
Know exactly when you are going to the gym, and what you’ll be doing there. Having a plan makes the whole task less daunting. You won’t be able to wiggle yourself out of going to the gym because you ran out of time in the day.
Set Small Goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Setting attainable and realistic goals is extremely rewarding because as you conquer them, you’ll develop more drive and faith in yourself. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 20 pounds this month,” try “I want to be able to hold my plank for twice as long.”