Paying Gym Membership Isn't Enough to Make You Commit? Here's The Ultimate Solution!
Mariam Youssef
12/18/22, 3:00 PM

There is a recurrent phase in probably everyone’s life when they desperately need to lose weight or become fitter, and this is when the gym membership notion pops up. You probably say, “this time, I’m going to commit to the gym and won’t allow my laziness to stop me.” Unfortunately, most of us fail to stick to our plans even though we’ve already paid the gym membership in advance. Why do you think this happens? How many times have you paid three or six-month memberships and only went twice - three times tops? Since Paying gym membership isn't enough to make you commit, we’re here to provide you with the ultimate solution to commit to a workout routine.

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Prepare Your Workout Bag

We know that you’re convincing yourself to get off the couch and hit the gym, and we also know why this is not working! You can’t just say to yourself that you’re going to the gym without making any preparations in advance to motivate yourself to do so. Instead of convincing yourself to hit the gym, pack your gym bag the night before with everything you may need during your workout session. Pack your favorite water bottle, protein bar, towel, shampoo, headphones, and anything else you like to have while you’re there. The next morning, when you see your gym bag ready, you’ll automatically feel motivated and ready for your workout session.

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Ease Yourself Into It

One of the most common things that make people stop going or lose interest in working out is pushing too hard all at once. Usually, when you pay for your gym membership, your adrenaline levels become high and you become enthusiastic about the whole idea, so you push yourself to go every day or so until you gradually stop going. What you need to do is the exact opposite! Ease yourself into committing to the gym by choosing one day of the week when you know you can make it. Keep doing this for a while until you can add on another day and so on. This will help you become consistent and it will eventually turn into a habit.

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Find Your Support System

When we say find someone to support you, we don’t mean convince your best friend to join the gym. We both know that the two of you will eventually get bored and not go. Your support system is the people who will help you to achieve your fitness goals. Your support system can be your family, personal trainer, gym members, or friends. A successful support system will always keep you motivated and hold you accountable. When you share your goals and intentions with someone you trust, you’re left with the responsibility to execute them.

Look The Part

Don’t you feel thrilled and super excited to wear a new outfit you just bought on your next outing? The same applies to gym garments. New gym clothing has been proven to improve workout effectiveness and raise motivation to go to your sessions. According to studies, wearing workout attire encourages people to go to the gym. You don’t have to buy plenty of items; however, it is best to invest in a few items that will facilitate your workout and make you look like an athlete.

Find Which Time Works Best For You

When do you feel the most productive? Early mornings or nighttime? Some people feel more energized in the morning, so the best time to work out for them is before they go to work or whenever they wake up. However, if you’re a night person, the best time to work out is probably after work or before bedtime. Find a time that works for you and your schedule so you can stick and commit to gym time.

Set Your Priorities Straight

How do you want to feel when you get up in the morning? Would you rather wake up exhausted because you were caught up on your favorite Netflix show? Or would you rather enjoy a better night's sleep in order to wake up feeling rested and energized to work out? Staying up all night to watch Netflix shows may be fun, but the consequences of this action may not be very fruitful. However, enjoying a good night’s sleep will surely motivate you to wake up early and go to the gym.

Don’t Allow The Weather to Control You

Summer lovers’ best excuse to not do anything in the winter is “oh, it’s too cold.” The same goes for lazy winter lovers - they wouldn’t do anything on a hot summer day; they’d rather sit in their air-conditioned rooms all day every day until the summer is over. Well, you don’t want to be this person. Don’t allow the weather to have control over you or your plans. Nonetheless, if you’re not up to dealing with the weather, take your workout indoors and enjoy watching your go-to movies or listening to your favorite music while exercising.

Paying gym memberships isn’t going to motivate you to actually go. You need a plan and a strategy to help you in your fitness journey. Following the mentioned tips will help you get there and establish a successful workout routine. Now, it’s time for you to share with us what you do to stay motivated.

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Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" that I realized that writing is the one thing that will enable me to write about all sorts of things and all types of art. Writing is one of the dearest things to my heart as it expresses who I am and what I stand for. My wardrobe is pink inked, fashion is my passion, beauty is my duty, and cats are my best furr-iends❤️