Get a personal trainer
One way to get yourself really motivated and in the mood for exercise is to work out with an experienced personal trainer. Try to select someone that has been recommended to you by a friend and remember, not all personal trainers have the same styles of instruction. If you used to have an instructor and the experience put you off, then perhaps you just had the wrong fitness instructor, so why not try someone different? Plus, of course, if you’ve booked a session with a trainer, you’ll be less likely to back out of going to the gym.
Take a friend with you to the gym
To avoid feeling out of place in the gym, take a friend. It doesn’t have to be all about working out and can be a social occasion too. Training with a partner may introduce a competitive element between the two of you, thereby pushing you further and encouraging you to go back to the gym. You could even hire a personal trainer between the two of you and do plenty of activities that can be done in pairs. Also, after your workout, you could enjoy a drink (non-alcoholic of course) together in the club bar.
Have proper gym induction
Going along to a gym, especially after a long absence, can be quite daunting. Since you last went, you may find that a lot of the equipment you previously used has since been replaced and the feeling of not knowing how to use a piece of equipment can easily put you off! In this instance, ensure you have a proper induction so you are familiar with all the fitness machines as this will make you more confident about going back to the gym and will also prevent you from feeling uncomfortable if you think you are using a piece of equipment incorrectly.