My first few months at the gym were really tough. It took me quite a while to see any results, and the wear and tear of my regimen wore me down pretty quickly. At about the four month mark, I was regularly pulling into the YMCA parking lot, parking, then reversing and driving away instead of going in. Why? Because I wasn’t enjoying myself.
I quickly figured out that I had a choice to make: stop going or start enjoying my gym time. I chose the latter.
I’ve always been a statistics nerd, so I started to keep stats on how I was doing, and day-by-day, I would see how I could improve on those stats. To this day, I still record how long it takes me to do my morning walk, how much weight I can lift, all sorts of things like that. I get a lot of enjoyment from perpetually trying to improve my numbers. Sound weird, I know, but it’s been a great motivator for me.
I also started focusing on exercises that I enjoy. I previously said I love riding the stationary bike, so I do that every day.
My point is: if you are going to start or have started a fitness regimen and you are finding yourself dreading going to the gym and are treating your time there as a chore, you have to find a way to get some enjoyment from it or you won’t last.
When I started to look forward to my fitness time, my entire outlook on the topic changed. Even today, my time in the gym is typically the high point of my day.
Give it a try! Try a new class or sport. Cultivate friendships with other gym regulars. If you can turn your gym time into fun time, your body will reap the long term benefits.
Speaking of the gym, I’ve been a bad boy the last two weeks. Between a busy schedule and a mini-cold, I missed one day last week and will only be able to get three appearances in this week. Best not to dwell on it, but accept and reload for the week of March 17th.