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Going to the gym can be challenging, especially if you're trying to create a new habit. It can be easy to fall into old patterns and make excuses for not going, but by implementing a few strategies, you can stay motivated and consistent in your fitness routine. In this blog, we'll explore some tips for creating new habits at the gym.

1. Set Realistic Goals

The first step to creating a new habit at the gym is to set realistic goals. Be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve and what is realistically attainable for you. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and ultimately giving up on your fitness routine altogether. Start with small goals, such as going to the gym two times a week, and gradually increase the frequency or intensity of your workouts as you become more comfortable.

2. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is key to creating new habits at the gym. Whether it’s writing it down in your planner, blocking off time in your Google Calendar, or even booking a class time in the Gateway Region YMCA mobile app, schedule your gym time and make it a non-negotiable part of your day. This will help you stay committed to your fitness routine and avoid making excuses for not going to the gym.

3. Find a Workout Buddy

Having a workout buddy can be a great way to stay motivated and be held accountable. Find a friend or family member who shares your fitness goals and schedule gym time together. You can push each other to work harder and hold each other accountable for showing up to the gym.

4. Mix it Up

Doing the same workout routine every day can quickly become boring and lead to burnout. Mix up your workouts by trying different exercises, classes, or equipment. Next time you go to the gym, make yourself try something new, even if it’s something small like swapping out the treadmill with the elliptical. Do you have a go-to group fitness class? Challenge yourself and try a new and different class - the Gateway Region YMCA has plenty of fun options, including Barre, HIIT, Cycling, Kickboxing, Aquacise, BODYPUMP®, and so much more. This will keep your fitness routine fresh and exciting, and prevent you from getting bored. You might even discover that you prefer a different exercise, but you never know unless you mix it up!

5. Celebrate Small Wins

Celebrate your progress and small wins along the way. Whether it's hitting a new personal best or sticking to your gym routine for a week straight, take time to acknowledge your achievements. You can even treat yourself with your favorite food or a small purchase afterwards if you hit a personal milestone. Celebrating your progress can help keep you motivated and on track towards your fitness goals.

6. Be Patient

Creating new habits takes time, and it's important to be patient with yourself. Don't expect to see immediate results or changes in your body overnight. Consistency is key, so focus on sticking to your fitness routine and making it a part of your daily life. Over time, you'll start to see progress and changes in your body.

In conclusion, creating new habits at the gym takes time, commitment, and consistency. By setting realistic goals, planning ahead, finding a workout buddy, mixing up your workouts, celebrating small wins, and being patient, you can stay motivated and on track towards achieving your fitness goals. If you need help with your new habits, there’s no better place to start than with the YMCA. Find your closest Y and gain a community of support. Find a new group fitness class. Or even explore YMCA personal training options as an extra motivator. At the end of the day, creating new habits is a process, so be kind to yourself and keep pushing forward.