Sunday, 14 January 2018

Last Week I Went To The Gym + Here's What It Taught Me

Last Week I Went To The Gym + Here's What It Taught Me
Going to the gym isn't really a Hollie thing to do. It's not that I don't like it, it's that I can't be bothered to make time to go and I can't be bothered to spend the time there - For the sake of this post, we'll call it 'lacking motivation'. I've not actually been a member of a gym for as long as I can remember and I use my work out clothes to go to Morrisons and pretend that I'd know what I was doing if I was suddenly faced with a cross-trainer. Even the thought of going to the gym makes me unmotivated and after hearing colleagues complain about it for 8.5 hours a day, slowly but surely I ruled it out completely.

The fitness movement boomed over the past few years and it comes as no surprise that more people are working out than ever before. Being fit has become something people want to do, 'a lifestyle' if you're really being a twat but despite all this, it still wasn't on the cards for me. That was until last week. 

I was in work on Tuesday after being off sick the week prior and as usual, around 4pm, my pal Bethan and I had gone on our break. We'd been emailing back and fourth all afternoon about the the gym she'd recently moved to and for the first time in a long time, it actually excited me. I spent my down time questioning Bethan and comparing her experiences and before I'd even returned to my desk, I was sold. By 4.15pm I'd signed up for my trial at Pure Gym. 

Truthfully, it wasn't just Bethan's ability to convince me that made me sign up, it was the simplicity of it all. It took me not even 5 minutes to sign up for my free 3 day pass that I could start using immediately. I didn't have to enter any payment details and I wasn't hassled by phone or email asking me to join even though I did when it ended. I didn't have to book in for a waste of time induction and as the gym is open 24/7, if you're like me and going straight from work isn't your thing, you literally have the flexibility to go whenever you like - Something I'd never had before.

I planned on going the next morning before work but, just as I thought, I didn't want to leap out of bed at 6am so I went that evening instead. The next two days however, I was up and in the gym for 6am. I got home around 7.15, showered and headed to work for 9.30 and truthfully, I couldn't believe how good I felt. 

With having three different shift patterns in work, I don't always wake up at the same time but setting myself a goal to wake up and head to the gym for 6am everyday means I'll finally be in a routine - I'm more of a morning gal anyway so getting up isn't an issue. Also, getting to work and knowing I've already done my workout for the day doesn't only motivate me to eat better, it makes me happy because I know I can go home and relax of an evening. 

Above all, I guess the biggest motivator of all is the fitness aspect. I've managed to work out for longer each day and I know my body is feeling better for it. I'm making better choices about what to eat and despite the one gin and one margarita, sticking to Dry January surprisingly hasn't been as hard as I thought. 

So to conclude my first week back at a gym, it's been an absolute success. I've learnt that when I have flexibility, I can be surprisingly motivated. I've learnt that when something is very user friendly, I'm more open to giving it a go and finally, I've learnt to actually like spending time at the gym and can already see the benefits to it. 

What a success, I can't believe how well it's going so far. I'd love to know if you go to a gym and what keeps you motivated and on track?


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