Hitting the gym can be a real headache for some people. And it’s not because of the commute or finding the time in your schedule. It’s because you simply do not enjoy working out. Truth be told, you hate it and that’s okay. Not everyone who works out enjoys it. And this alone keeps millions of people from incorporating fitness activities into their schedules.

As a matter of fact, in a study posted on UPI.com/DailyHealthNews in 2017 stated, “More than three-quarters of U.S. adults say being in shape and looking good are “very important” to them, yet less than a third exercise regularly and nearly half admit they are not active at all.”

This news shouldn’t be discouraging. As you can see, if you’re a person who is not active you’re not alone. The good news is you can start working out now by taking small steps to motivate and prepare you for your new fitness routine.

3 Ways to Prime Yourself for the Workout

Try sitting out your work out gear the night before you plan on heading to the gym. Place them somewhere you’ll notice right away. This way if you see your gym shorts, water bottle, gym ID, and sneakers, it’ll likely nudge you to get your workout on. If peeping the gym gear doesn’t do it for you, you can always try these tips:

Put together an amped playlist of music you love and label it “workout.” Knowing that you have a killer playlist waiting for you may be just the motivation you need to get you into the gym.

And last, find someone who represents your ideal fitness level but make sure it’s realistic. Save the image to your phone and set the image as a reminder or timer to go off on the days you pick to work out. When your workout alarm goes off (make sure you’ve connected the picture of what represents your ideal body), take a glimpse of your ideal body. Let the image serve as motivation.

Taking your First Step

Working out doesn’t have to be dreadful. Prepare yourself for gym day by creating primers that will motivate you into action. Whether it be the workout gear, a great playlist, or a fit physique you identify with. Once you’ve established a routine, keeping a consistent schedule will become easier. More importantly, your body will be singing praise because you’re dedicating time to getting fit.