When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the swirling of emotions probably feels like being pumped, inspired, and prepared to take on the new year. The next morning, however, might be a different story—and it goes beyond the next morning to the coming weeks that will make or break your goal. Life sets in, and you get tired from life pulling on the corner of your shirt, nagging you to get things done that are minimal in nature yet monumental in the moment.

As far as health and wellness goals go, an important aspect of that journey is working out. Consistently hitting the gym and cranking out meaningful workouts seems so attainable on the first of January. But on January 15th? No thanks. So I think it’s safe to say that you will want to (more than once I’m sure) tell yourself to skip the gym. To stay home, stay in bed, or stay in your comfort zone.

If you’re feeling guilty right now because you know I am talking about you, don’t. We all do it! The best way to fly over this hurdle is to set ourselves up with preparation that will motivate you to make it to the gym, and sweat it all out. Here are some tips for how you can prepare to stop skipping the gym:

Get Yourself a Gym Buddy
This is crucial because going to the gym alone is not only intimidating, but also creates a lot of give. You don’t push yourself as hard, don’t stay as long as you should, and don’t motivate yourself as good as a friend can. Find someone who shares your same general gym goals and go together. You will not only feel less alone in such a scary place as a public gym, but you can push each other and make goals together—making any goal, small or large, feel that much more attainable.

Plan Your Workouts before Hitting the Gym
Prepare yourself and get in the zone well before you make it to the gym. Get on a schedule or have a circuit of workouts on rotation that you do on specific days of the week. This way, you have an end game, and know what you need to do to get there. If you are like most people and not well-versed on gym circuits or rotations off the top of your head, one of the easiest ways to find info about this is on Instagram. Follow a fitness account where they post specific sets for specific muscle groups. Just follow along and get tips on form and using the equipment correctly!

Eat Food, Drink Water
Benefitting from the gym is all about going as hard as you can and pushing yourself. But, if you have no fuel in the tank, you are going to exhaust yourself and put your body in a dangerous spot. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to mow down a fast food buffet before working out. Prepare your body with foods that are healthy, natural, and easy on the stomach. These kinds of foods will give you the necessary energy your muscles need. Be sure to bring a water bottle and drink purified water throughout the day. Staying properly hydrated will help you think more clearly, and will prepare your body to sweat.