As fitness professionals, we know to tell our clients to set realistic fitness goals, especially when starting out. The same should go for scheduling your workouts – if you’re not a morning person, trying to get to the gym before the birds are awake, might not be the best strategy for you and will be hard for you to stay consistent with your workouts.⠀

The same can be said for after-work gym sessions. If you’re consistently doing overtime at work or finding that you’re exhausted by 5pm, an earlier workout time, such as lunch, will probably be a better option for you.

In regards to results, sometimes we think too much of the big picture and not enough on the small things. If you’re always chasing the numbers on a scale or on an exercise you can easily become frustrated and begin to lose motivation. ⠀

So when you start to get frustrated with your progress, take a second to step back and think about the things you can do now that you couldn’t before, this will help keep the motivation going.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked out for a month or 10 years, you will have days you feel like going to the gym and you will have days that you won’t. But to get results you must stay consistent with your workouts and that means getting to the gym even on days you don’t feel like moving. Here are 5 great ways to get more motivated to workout.