Guess WHAT Guys!!!!!! I went to the gym on Sunday!!!!
That’s right! After about 8 months I finally used my gym membership for a whole 35 minutes. I’m going to count that as a win!! I got there, walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes (including the 5 minute cool down) and then left. #gymjunkie
I’ve used every excuse imaginable in the last 8 months to avoid going to the gym, but I think what it really comes down to is what I think is actually AT the gym.
Seems like a lot of effort doesn’t it. For a monthly membership that costs me 8 months worth of Netflix at a time I should really make the effort, but well.. I’m busy?? Yeah, that’s right.. I’ve been busy.
So what got me back to the gym? I have one word for you.. Miracle!! It was an actual miracle that got me back to the gym. Not entirely, but I’m sure that had something to do with it.
1. My body was achey
In the last few months I’ve switched back to shift work and last week I did my first 12pm-8pm’s in a long time. I was so unproductive that all I did was sleep in, sit at work then come home and watch tv. The weather was also really horrible last week so I wasn’t even going for a walk in my breaks or going to the dog park with Sonic. Eventually my legs started getting restless and achey like they were yelling at me to move. Legs are smarter than they look.
2. Money Guilt
It’s got to the stage now that I either need to use this darn membership or I need to cancel it. What puts me off is that I know that when I go that I enjoy it. I’ve been a member for years and I used to go all the time so I know it’s worth it when I use it. My gym has also had a refurb recently so that should encourage me to go (less sticky floor when doing the downward facing dog is always a good thing)
I’ve started listening to podcasts recently. A bit of a random thing to mention in a gym related post, but turns out there are some amazing podcasts out there. Seriously, just go into the library of a podcast app and have a look around. There’s one podcast in particular that I’ve started listening to called Just Make The Thing and it’s all about getting started and sticking to something. Not only can I apply what it’s saying to my thoughts on the gym, but I can listen to it AT the gym too- bonus!!
4. Guilt Guilt: It was time to get it over and done with
Not only did I have money guilt, but I had all sorts of ‘you get puffed walking to the letter box, you should really do something about that’ guilt. I’m lucky in that my body doesn’t put on an excessive amount of weight to show the world that it’s unfit, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not. What put me off for a long time was the fact I thought I had to be an obsessive gym visitor and do the most exhausting workouts for it to be worth it. I was completely missing the point. Any exercise is better than no excessive. As soon as I realised that the gym stress and extreme avoidance was coming from my crazy mind and not from real life then it was so much easier to just get it done, and amazingly it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be (flash forward 3 days and I’ve even gone a second time! The world must be ending)
5. Problem Solving Excuses
“I’m too busy”
“I never get to do the things I want to do”
“Shift work is taking over my life”
“There’s not enough hours in the day”
A short list of things I have probably said to myself in the last week. Even though I’ll probably still continue to say those things because I’m a whinger, I’m trying not to think that way about the gym. I’ve convinced myself that if I can incorporate the gym and another activity that I either enjoy, think I don’t have time for, or it already takes up a lot of my every day life, then I’ll be in a much better position. Plus it will keep my mind off the fact that I’m exercising.
Listen to podcast episodes
Catch up on YouTube and social media (instead of spending an hour in bed doing the same thing- whoops)
Catch up on Netflix or a movie
Organise my life i.e. think about what I’m having for dinner this week, what do I need to get done this week, make a shopping list.
Anyway, that’s enough about the gym. If I keep writing I’ll probably talk myself out of going ever again and I’ll have to start all over again.
Anything I’ve missed that might help me get more motivated?