I’ve worked out on and off my entire life. I’ve taken short breaks for bumps or bruises and long breaks for having children. I’ve gone through the yoyo phase where I gain muscle, lose fat and then get out of my routine only to be disheartened by the idea that I have to start again from the beginning. I thought I’d share few things I’ve taken away from my experiences with regards to consistent gym time:
Find a workout buddy. This is crucial and has to be my number one. People are much more likely to self-sacrifice than to sacrifice others that depend on them. Nobody likes to leave a buddy high and dry by not showing up when they committed to being there. So, ask a neighbor, a friend, throw it out on your Facebook, maybe there’s someone else you know that’s needed that little push to get into the gym too.
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. I once dated a guy in college who despised the gym. Not for any reason in particular but never the less, I found that I went significantly less often during that dating phase.
Eat healthy (relatively speaking). It is very easy to justify grabbing for the bag of potato chips that you wouldn’t have allowed yourself before because “you deserve it.” While I agree, you should be rewarded for putting forth the efforts of a good workout, recognize that if you are loading up on junk food your compensating for all your hard work. Don’t be your own worst enemy here, allow yourself the opportunity to see results because once you do, it will be extremely motivating to progress further. Moderation is the key. Don’t overdo it.
Utilize the resources at your gym to ensure you’re getting the most out of your gym experience. Specifically, I’m talking about trying new classes but there’s all kinds of resources that can help motivate you at Cal Fit (ahem personal trainers). I digress. I never realized how hard cycling was. I was really surprised because I could run several miles pretty easy but it’s nice to challenge your body in different ways to get improve yourself and your health and fitness levels.
And lastly, remember that your only competition is yourself. What are your goals, how can you accomplish them. Don’t worry about what the guy next to you is bench pressing. If your goal is to squat 95% of your bodyweight, or to lose 2 pant sizes, how can you accomplish that? Comparing yourself to others doesn’t accomplish what you set out to achieve, so hone in and enjoy your small victories as you gain speed towards your larger future accomplishments. :)
AUTHOR BIO: Misha is a California Family Fitness member who frequents the Rocklin Sports Complex, Arden and Orangevale locations. She’s also a very busy mama to three adventurous boys under the age of six.