Top 5 Reasons To Get Excited About Going to the Gym

How I convinced myself to get off the couch and start moving

Jill Reid
Jill Reid
Oct 12, 2020 · 7 min read

How can a trip to the gym get anyone excited?

Several years ago, I was with you on this one.

I soon realized there were limitations to an at-home-only workout program

Although there are plenty of exercises I could do without leaving the house, it was obvious there were certain muscle groups that would benefit from using specialized equipment. Yet, somehow I couldn’t imagine bringing a 500-pound leg press machine into the bedroom.

At first it was tough

I didn’t know how to use most of the equipment, and I felt uncomfortable sensing others were watching my overweight, out-of-shape body struggling with basic form and balance.

In essence, I gave myself permission to start

By doing the best I could with the strength and endurance I had, I hoped in time I would gain confidence, get stronger, and become more comfortable with the process.

I was there for a reason

I wanted to change my body. I wanted to look better, healthier, and have more energy. And a little embarrassment wouldn’t keep me from getting the results I was aiming for.

Ready to give the gym a try?

Start by keeping your weight loss and exercise goals simple. I broke my objectives down into five parts:

1. I showed up

The fact that I made it through the doors and into the building was an indication I was already changing. By facing my fear of starting, I began instilling a new habit — one that would stay with me the more often I repeated it.

woman with blonde hair in ponytails using stretch bands in gym
woman with blonde hair in ponytails using stretch bands in gym
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2. I approached results in the short-term with realistic expectations

I was determined to lose ten pounds in the first month. And after those 30 days came and went, I realized that — for my metabolism — my goal wasn’t realistic. When I missed my target by two pounds, I was depressed for a week. In fact, I thought about quitting the gym completely.

The key is to stay with it long enough to recognize positive results

If you haven’t exercised in years, you’ll need time — and patience — to adjust to new levels of exertion. If you overdo it — as most newbies are prone to do in the first month — you’ll set yourself back a week or more as your body heals itself.

3. I set my long-term workout goals based not only on how I looked, but how I felt

You may be aiming to fit into a Size 8, but if you have to starve your body of necessary nutrients while pushing yourself to your physical limit during workouts, you’ll end up feeling sore, tired, and irritable.

4. I stopped eating garbage food

There’s a tricky self-destructive devil in our minds that can be difficult to shake. This mischievous imp attempts to convince us that, after working out so hard, we “deserve” a treat — some delectable dessert or calorie-and-fat-laden snack we instinctively know will destroy all the progress we’re making with our health.

Man in business suit holding greasy hamburger with open mouth
Man in business suit holding greasy hamburger with open mouth
Photo by Sander Dalhuisen on Unsplash

5. I made a commitment to changing my body by making gym time a “must-have” priority

To create a workable plan, I set my workout schedule for the week first, then made other appointments around it.

Today, gym workouts are a regular part of my life

I keep a workout bag in my car, packed with exercise clothes, shoes, towel, and a filtered water bottle. Having everything I need with me makes it easy to squeeze in a session on the way to or from work, during a lunch break, or whenever I have time to spare — time better spent on improving myself.

I’m always prepared, and now I have no excuse not to go to the gym.

And that’s a far cry from the way I used to feel about stepping inside those doors.

Start with short sessions to become acquainted with the environment and equipment

Tell yourself you’ll give it your best for half an hour. Commit to the time, using the first five minutes for some light stretches to warm up your muscles. Use the last five minutes to do the same and cool down.

girl with long brown hair in gym curling barbell
girl with long brown hair in gym curling barbell
Photo by Gursimrat Ganda on Unsplash

Move from station-to-station, becoming familiar with how the machines work and what you’re feeling

If you don’t know how to adjust a machine, ask someone. You’ll be surprised how willing others are to help. In the beginning, they had to learn, too.

The first month is quitter month

More people quit the gym in the first 30 days than in any other time period. If you can get through the first month, you’ve just made it past the biggest hurdle to using the gym on a regular basis. Here’s the important part:

Not all gyms are created equal

Visit several fitness centers before joining. Ask for a tour of the facilities and review class offerings, instructor bios, and personal trainer options. Consider whether you’d be more comfortable with a women’s only gym or prefer the social aspect of a co-ed environment. Give them both a try if you’re not sure, and choose the one that most motivates you to return.

Alternate your routine

This method allows your muscles to rest and rebuild and provides an overall fitness result.

Ready to notch up your health?

It takes courage to make important decisions about our lives. And for me, my future health and fitness are at the top of the list. It also takes commitment to see it through, even on the tough days — and there are plenty of those in your future.

Give yourself an honest pep talk — every day

Then get moving and congratulate yourself on choosing to live longer and stronger by making positive lifestyle choices!

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Jill Reid

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Jill Reid

Author of “Real Life” & “Discover Your Personal Truth” | Writing about life, relationships, happiness, health, & personal success — http://bit.ly/RealLifeBook

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Jill Reid

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Author of “Real Life” & “Discover Your Personal Truth” | Writing about life, relationships, happiness, health, & personal success — http://bit.ly/RealLifeBook

Live Your Life On Purpose

Get Purpose. Get Perspective. Get Passion.

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