Not everyone instantly loves the gym. Many people are too intimidated to even step through the doors. Or others just have a really hard time working it into their routine, so they go in spurts and never see changes because they haven’t committed fully. It’s also important to note that you don’t want to stress out about the gym. If you miss a day because your kid has an activity – so be it. Life happens. If it becomes a stress inducer, it negates the healthy benefits!
With that being said, how do you learn to enjoy the gym so that you can make changes to your body and start living a healthier lifestyle?
Below are 12 tips for you to consider:
Bring a friend
Create a routine
Workout on the same days and times each week. This way it becomes part of your routine and fits into your everyday life. Once it’s a habit, you removing the overthinking that can stop you from going. Plus, you’ll start to see the same people each day and become more comfortable. This also enables you to schedule your workouts into your every day life and is just another check on the to-do list, like showering and brushing your teeth.
Listen to music
Include exercises that are enjoyable
Everyone has a favorite exercise. Find one that you like to do, that makes you feel confident and strong and include it! As your confidence grows you’ll find more and more to love.
Track your progress
Catch up on your favorite shows
Go shopping for some new gym wear
Find the deeper reason
Most people tend to start going to the gym for appearance purposes – to lose weight, to get swole, to find their bikini body or to just look good naked… but once the changes in your body slow, or you become stuck and frustrated, what keeps you going? For me, it’s the stress relief. I feel better after the gym. For others it could be they’re fighting off a chronic illness, are sleeping better, etc.
So what is your deeper reason? Continuing your wellness journey takes commitment and discipline. Maybe that’s your reason? It’s up to you to figure it out!