Deciding to join a gym can be a very complicated and drawn out affair depending on your previous exercise experience and the relationship you have had with exercise and nutrition in the past. Following the simple steps below can help ensure you’re new or continuing journey into the world of fitness is as rewarding for you as they have been for many and many other millions of people around the world.
1. Make the time
I will leave this one to the master of motivation Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I’ve always figured out that there is 24 hours a day, you sleep 6 hours. That means you have 18 hours left. I know that some of you out there answer: ‘wait a minute I sleep 8 or 9 hours’. Well, than sleep faster I recommend.
The day has 24 hours. Taking one hour to focus on your health means giving up only 4% of your day.”
2. Expect to lose interest
It can take up to three months of consistent exercise (3 x per week minimum) to make exercise feel a part of your daily routine. Statistically, if you stop during those crucial three months you may never enter a gym again or will have an on/off relationship with exercise. So when you start to lose interest, deal with it and get back to the gym. Nothing cures lack of motivation better than a workout.
3. Ignore the naysayers
When you tell people that you are going to join a gym some of them may say “why are you doing that you look fine.” These people are often just covering their own deficiencies and fear of failure. As motivational guru Anthony Robbins (who I highly recommend if you are in need of motivation) says “The need to avoid pain is a greater motivator than to obtain pleasure.” The best way to avoid pain? Stick your head in the sand.
4. Expect it to be tough
Rome wasn’t built in a day. There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. A journey of a thousand steps start with a single blah blah.
Those statements have been around for such a long time because they are true. You know getting fit is going to be tough so embrace it.
“If getting into shape was easy then everyone would be doing it”
5. You may find it intimidating
Many people find the gym an intimidating place. They focus on the big guys throwing weights around or the women in full make up pouting and barely breaking a sweat. Forget those guys. They are the minority.
“Which is more important? To look good while you train or because you train?”
6. Don’t worry about looking like an idiot
Remember that you are in a place where the majority of the people are there for the same reason as you, to improve themselves. To do that you may have to make some weird sounds and pull some funny faces. Both of which are fine. At least everyone else is doing it too. As already mentioned, the gym can be a very intimidating place but it is important to remember that you are there for a reason.