I hate the gym. I hate working out.
Especially in the beginning. If I can get myself into a routine, I actually
enjoy get used to going and want to be there. But, until I get myself to that point, I moan and complain about going and find a million excuses not to go.
But, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get to the gym on a regular basis. And the weather is warming up, so I feel a need to be
I’m now on week four of going to the gym on a regular basis(3-4x/week).
So, if you are like me and have a hard time getting into a gym-going groove, I’ll share my tips with you.
*Pick a time of day to go to the gym and stick to it. For me, this works best if I’m already out of the house. I usually go right after I drop off my oldest two boys at their schools. Youngest and I go directly to the gym after this. If I head back home to try to get “a few things done” before going to the gym, time will fly by and I’ll never get there.
*If you can find a workout partner, that helps A LOT. Even if you end up doing different things, knowing that you are supposed to meet someone at a certain time will help you get there.
*Start SLOW. Do not try out the hardest class that the gym offers on your first visit in a while. You will feel like you are dying both during the class and maybe for the next few days and have no desire to go back. If all you can do at first is 30 minutes on the treadmill, then just do that- it’s still much better than not having exercised at all.
*Drink LOTS of water. It’s important to drink lots before you start working out, too. Starting when you are already dehydrated is not going to help. If you drink all the water in your water bottle, do something to lay claim to whatever machine you are on by leaving something on it or yes, walk out of class, and go get more water. My first week, I felt the need to fill up my 16oz water bottle 4 times in an hour. I needed it.
*Gradually add time on to your workout or try something new. I’m a fan of the elliptical, but
was shooting hateful glances at admiring this woman’s legs and realized all she did was the stairmaster, so I decided to try that. For 10 minutes, which made me feel like collapsing.
*When you do try a class, don’t feel bad if you need to take a break. Even if no one else is. Most people are too wrapped up in themselves and how they are doing to care what you are doing. Go drink some water.
You notice I’m just talking about working out at the gym and not at home- I really admire those of you who can do this. It doesn’t work for me because I can ALWAYS find a distraction at home. I need to actually be somewhere where all there is to do is workout. Even though I’m sometimes tempted to use the gym as a place to shower without children walking in on me.
This is what works for me. Do you have any tips to add?