Actor Terry Crews has a simple mantra on how you can stick to the habit of going to the gym: treat it like a spa. You can even go and not work out, if you don't feel like it. But just go. Photo from Old Spice.
In an AMA on Reddit, Crews laid out why he makes it a point to go to the gym no matter what, even if he isn't going to exercise:
It has to feel good. I tell people this a lot - go to the gym, and just sit there, and read a magazine, and then go home. And do this every day. Go to the gym, don't even work out. Just GO. Because the habit of going to the gym is more important than the work out. Because it doesn't matter what you do. You can have fun — but as long as you're having fun, you continue to do it.
If you hire a trainer and push yourself too hard out of the gate, you may not feel like coming back. Instead, he slowly worked his way up to two hours of daily workouts, and he did that by enjoying his time at the gym.
Starting the habit is the most important part. After that, you can focus your willpower on pushing yourself.
It has to feel good. [Reddit]