Friday, 18 May 2018

Four Months At The Gym + Why I'm Still Enjoying It

Four Months At The Gym + Why I'm Still Enjoying It
You may or may not know that in January I joined the gym. It was a mixture of 'new year new me' and just generally wanting to be fitter. Now I can assure you, I was the last person that thought I'd still have my membership more than two months later but surprisingly, I've actually come to enjoy it. Not only can I physically see how my body is changing and how my health is improving but oddly, it's actually become part of my lifestyle. Truth be told, most of my motivation stems from my bestie who basically lives and breaths fitness but there's actually a few other things that have helped me along the way so I thought they might help you too. 

Finding something you enjoy When I first set foot in the gym back in January, I took one look at it and thought 'Wow, this is going to be terrible'. It had been a long time since I'd been in this kind of setting and the fact I didn't know how to use any of the equipment terrified me - Thankfully, each time I went to the gym, I became more and more familiar. Since then, I've found that I really enjoy the incline programs on the treadmill for my cardio and upper body weight machines.

Create a routine I never thought I'd be the kind of person that knew exactly when they were going to the gym but surprisingly, I've really got myself into the swing of things. I go at least three times a week thought the actual days and times depend on what time I'm working. It's nice to be able to tick it of my list of things to do that week and since I wear a Fitbit, it's also great to see the results on there. If I can see one day that I burnt a little under my calorie goal, I'll add another workout in for good measure. I also decided that if I have one too many proseccos on a Friday then I have to gym on Saturday - Not only to make up for it but also, to help the hangover. Surprisingly it works! It's not about being strict, it's finding what works - I'm more of a goal setter so I like to have something to work towards.

Find a gym buddy It's such a good idea to work out with other people. The times my bestie and I worked out together were the toughest workouts I'd managed but it was so motivating. You almost don't realise you're doing it when you can gossip whilst on the treadmill. Whilst it's not imperative and I enjoy working out alone, sometimes it's nice to have someone there. If working out with a friend isn't your thing, you could always opt for a personal trainer. They can be as present as you want them to be and could really be the answer if you're lacking motivation too. 

Really, there isn't a secret to enjoying working out, I've found it's just something that comes with time. Finding what you like and creating a routine have really been the key points for me and whilst there are some weeks - hello time of the month - where I'm not so motivated, the thought that I'm paying for a membership that I'm not using helps get me through. 
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What motivates you to work out?

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