Hey everyone, Happy Wellness Wednesday! Hope life has been treating you good lately as summer is right around the corner.
So today let’s talk about going to the gym. For many people this is just a daily habit that’s part of their life long routine and they don’t really think twice about going and the gym gives them fuel. Or maybe you’re the type that hates going but goes anyway because of the health benefit. Maybe you’re the type that likes to go along with the latest trend or fitness fad and you sign up for everything under the sun. Or maybe you’re like me, body conscious, and wanting to change your body and create new healthy habits. Where ever you fit in, and what your reason may be, we’re all in the same boat. At least we go.
For me personally the hardest part is walking into a full gym of people. It’s not the working out I find hard, it’s the room full of people at different places on their fitness journey. I highly avoid areas of the gym that are busy or where lots of people are.
That being said, here are some tips and tricks to make the going to the gym less agonizing.
Tip 1: ALWAYS bring headphones. I cannot stress this enough. When I have headphones in it makes it totally acceptable to just node at the person you haven’t seen in awhile and continue on, makes everything less awkward and it’s fun to jam out while you sweat it out
Tip 2: Have a plan in mind- this is important espically if you are not super comfortable in the gym. have a plan so you don’t have to wander around aimlessly or just do cardio the whole time because you don’t know what else to do. This will give you a little more confidence so you can walk right up to the machine or weight set and get right too it. Even if you don’t feel like a pro, you’ll look like you belong there and know what’s up! If you need some ideas you can check out my “workouts and fitness motivations” board on Pinterest.Pinterest Fitness Board
Tip 3- Get a gym buddy. Even if your gym/motivation buddy lives across the country like mine does, it’s good to still have someone to keep you accountable. They can text you and check in, you can compare and share workouts. Even if your buddy lives next door to you and you workout together, it’s much more fun and enjoyable. And there’s always strength in number
Tip 4- wear clothes your comfortable in & a hat. This may seem like a no brainer but I use to care so much about looking cute at the gym that I would find myself having to fidget a lot with my outfit and less time working. Soon realizing it really didn’t matter and I would push myself much harder if I could focus on my number of reps and not if my outfit was perfectly in place.
Tip 5- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else in the gym. This is YOUR fitness journey!! congratulate yourself for the small achievements. Be gentle on yourself, many progress is GREAT progress. Even if you aren’t seeing the results you wished for as quickly as you wanted. Maybe now you lift the 12 lbs instead of the 10lbs. You’re doing great. You’re showing up, and you’re improving yourself day by day.
thank you guys so much for reading these tips that have helped me dramatically in developing my fitness routine. Hope they can help you as well.
As always questions comments concerns get at me 🙂