Tips For Getting Back To The Gym 0
in Fit on the Side

Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

tips for getting back to the gym

Tips for getting back to the gym. Well it’s now 2015… Wait. What? Where did 2014 go? After a month of filling ourselves with delectable treats, not sleeping enough and partying the nights away there are many resolutions being made, gym memberships being purchased and trainers being hired. In my days of personal training and especially when I had my Pilates studio, I loved this time of year with new clients and fresh faces filling my time slots. I, however, always wondered about the souls who couldn’t quite get themselves back into working out.

tips for getting back to the gym


Bring a friend. Have you ever sat on the couch thumbing through social media, seeing all those eager posts about people going to the gym and you think to yourself, “I should go, ” but you never do? Well the answer to this is simple. Call up a friend and get them to come with you. The two of you can be your own support system because, after all, it’s hard to say no or bail on a friend. Most gyms will give you a free session if it’s your first time, so take advantage of this.

Hire a trainer. While it’s always a good idea to check in with a trainer every now and then, this is a great time to hire somebody for a few sessions. By making an appointment you are committing and thus are more likely to continue going. Trainers are experts at being encouraging and helping you get motivated and excited for future workouts.

Join a challenge. It takes about 30 days to start a new habit and coincidentally there are many 30 day challenges around this time of year. Can’t find one that works for you? No problem, make your own. It can be as simple as committing to working out 3 days a week or as intense as taking a yoga class everyday. Here’s a crazy idea, take your measurements prior to starting and then after you’re done, you’ll see a huge change in your body.

Schedule it.  We all know that our health should be a number one priority but often life gets in the way. How many times have you told yourself you’ll go to the gym and then something “better” comes up?  Write down when you are going to work out at the beginning of each week and make this a standing, non-negotiable appointment with yourself.

Take it one step at a time. Don’t feel that you need to rush to the gym and do a full hour right off the bat. Take it slow. Many beginners (and some of us regulars) set huge, lofty goals and then get discouraged when they don’t happen and subsequently quit. If this is the first time you’ve worked out in a long time then it might be wiser to plan a shorter workout. Get the feel of the place, revisit the weights and machines. Then make immediate plans to come back again.

Keep a chart. Sometimes it helps just to write it down. As much as it might hurt, write down your measurements and weight and then check back once a week, being accountable, even if it’s just to yourself, will go a long way to keep you motivated. With so many apps in the market, place I’m sure everyone can find one that works best for them. Although a pen and paper will do just as well.

Wear great gear.  There is so much amazing gear on the market now. I can’t walk into a store without wanting to buy everything and then of course, I want to show it off! I’m all for investing in a decent pair of running shoes (you can read up on how to buy running shoes here) and some high tech gear. Staying sweat free and keeping injuries at bay is a large part of having the right gear. Looking fabulous is an extra and much appreciated perk. Hey, if you feel good, you’ll be more likely to continue. I love running and ballet and for me, there is nothing more motivating than buying a new pair of running shoes or a beautiful leotard!

tips for getting back to the gym

The most important tip perhaps, is to do what you love. There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something you hate because you’ll never make a habit of it. If you prefer taking a dance class or a spinning class then absolutely do that. Most importantly, however, don’t obsess about it. Know that you won’t see a huge difference right away, especially if you aren’t overweight, so keep your eyes forward, put one foot ahead of the other and get off your butt!

How do you motivate yourself to go to the gym?


*For more tips for getting back to the gym follow me on instagram and pinterest*

image of couple lifting weights courtesy of Dollar Photo Club

You Might Also Like

20 Minute Workout From FitWise

How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

Best Warmup For Your Workout

How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

Your Summer Fitness Guide

How To Actually Lose Weight

Best Stretches For Relaxation

Health Fitness And My Thyroid

Free Weights VS Machines

Talk Fitness With An Expert

The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

How To Start Running

How To Stay Healthy In Winter

Best Low Impact Workouts

Do I Really Need To Workout

Fitness Terms You Should Know

No Gym Arm Workout

The Truth About Protein Shakes

Exercise And Your Skin

How To Increase Your Endurance

Losing Weight In 2017

How To Feel Good About Your Body

How Important Is A Warmup

FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

Shoulder Stretches

5 Cardio Myths Debunked

Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

Succeed At Working Out

Must Do Morning Stretches

How To Come Back After An Injury

Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

September Ab Challenge Week Two

Caffeine And Working Out

How To Be A Better Athlete

What To Look For In A Smoothie

How To Make Exercise A Habit

Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

Are you Over Exercising

Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

Can Food Really Burn Fat

Pocket Fitness Guides

Muscle Pain VS Injury

Is Training Harder Better

How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Losing Weight In Your 40s

5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

How To Ease Sciatic Pain

How To Work With A Personal Trainer

Post Workout Beauty Hacks

How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

What If I Hate The Gym

Your Guide To Killer Abs

Why Do We Focus On Weight

Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

Everything You Need To Be A Runner

Theraband Workout

How To Become A Runner

Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

What You Should Know About Fitness

How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

Best Exercises For A Desk Job

7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

September Ab Challenge Week Four

Running Outdoors in Winter

September Ab Challenge Week Three

What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

Why Should Women Lift Weights

Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

The Importance Of Cross Training

Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

6 Best Exercises For Runners

Fitness Myths Debunked

Killer Abs Ball Workout

How To Detox Your Body Naturally

Working Out Diet And Your Period

Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

How To Get A Shapely Butt

Great Metabolism Myths

How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

At Home Quickstart Workout

My Gym Bag Essentials

Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

20 Minute Workout By FitWise

The Basics Of Hip Stretches

Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

How To Make A Short Workout Count

Home Gym Must Haves

Benefits Of Walking

4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

How To Love Your Body

Get Fit The Easy Way

September Ab Challenge Week One

Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

FitWise A Sneak Peek

Is CrossFit Right For You

How To Treat Sore Muscles

Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

Foods That Reduce Stress

Why Is Exercise So Important

Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

Hit The Gym In Style

All About Pilates

How To Speed Up Weight Loss

Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

What To Do When You Plateau

7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

Diet Foods To Avoid

How To Strengthen Your Bones

What Is Pilates

How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

How To Choose A Personal Trainer

How To Boost Your Metabolism

Run Better With These Easy Tips

Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

Summer Health And Beauty

Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

How To Maximize Your Gym Time

Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

Your Workout Motivation

How To Buy Workout Clothes

Best Travel Workout

Treadmill Running Charts

Sports Drinks VS Water

How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

How To Maintain Weight Loss

Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

All About Your Knees

Working Out After 40

How To Have Energy After Lunch

Your At Home Workout Routine

What To Do Post Workout

September Ab Challenge Recap

Is Running Bad For Your Knees

Best Headphones For Working Out

Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

The Importance Of Stretching In Style

How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

The Truth About Abs

How To Increase Flexibility

How To Wear Athleisure

How To Workout In The Morning

Best Stretches For Runners

10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

High Impact VS Low Impact

What To Eat Before A Party

How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

Foot And Ankle Exercises

Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

Why Should You Meditate

Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

What Is Your Perfect Workout

What Is The Deal With All These Diets

Best Foods To Give You Energy

6 Tips To Stop Bloating

Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

How To Keep Your Diet On Track

How To Alleviate Back Pain

When To Listen To Your Body

How To Deal With A Bad Workout

Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

Toning VS Bulking Up

How To Improve Your Posture

Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

Why You Are Not Losing Weight

Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

Top 10 Songs For The Gym

How To Feel Confident When Working Out

Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

How To Increase Your Bust Size

How To Curb Emotional Eating

Natural Energy Drinks

How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

5 Best Abdominal Exercises

How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

How To Deal With Bloating

Lean Greens Review

Your Must Do Morning Workout

How To Relieve Joint Pain

Is being thin enough

Urban Hiking The New Workout

Best Exercises For a Toned Back

Get Fit While Watching TV


  1. I have been suffering from a back injury for almost 5 months now. When physical therapy rids me of the pain for good- I CANNOT WAIT to start exercising without limitations again!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    1. Oh wow, I am so sorry back pain is the worst! The good thing is that as soon as you get the go ahead you’ll feel great!

  2. Belinda | Parties, Pearls and Being Precious

    I know I’m struggling to get to the gym regularly at the moment! Between going back to work and the month of indulgence I just had this article was exactly what I needed!

    1. Yay, I’m so glad! I know what you mean though. I was so spoiled back in Vancouver because I had a gym right in my building now I have to walk 10 minutes!

  3. Great tips!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  4. Excellent Advice!

    1. Thanks so much!

  5. perfect begin te day

    Have a nice day!


    1. Thanks you too! Always nice when you stop by, much appreciated!

  6. Great tips Caroline!!! I typically bring a friend with me. We motivate each other. And also I like taking classes at the gym. They now have so many to choose from. Love it ♡

    1. Thanks! If I’m having problems motivating myself I absolutely bring a friend. I usually like the classes at the gym but this new one I just joined only has pre-recorded instructors… it’s very strange. I kind of hate it!

    2. I agree, it’s amazing how many fun classes there are!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *