For many people, gym is seen as a burden. You have to move a lot, sweat, it’s painful, far away, you don’t have the proper leggings, shirt, water bottle, headphones and so on.
In September, when I found out a new & cheaper gym was opening just across the street, I decided to get serious. I went there at the launch and made a 1-year contract. I bought myself a pair of leggings, 2 tanktops and a sports bra. And I was using a rather old pair of shoes. I started to go on average, around 3 times per week; I started to care more about what I ate ate and reduced things like food with strange composition, and cutting down on sodas. More vegetables, water and green tea. I even tried the other types of milks: soja, almond, rice. I could never totally give up coffee though.
It is hard to always motivate yourself after a long day of work to go to the gym. There were periods of time where I wasn’t going for 1-2 weeks, either because other things cluttering my schedule or I was travelling.
Now, a few months later, I still go around 3 times per week. Even if the gym is 5 minutes away, once I’m in the comfort of my home, it’s difficult to leave. But when I realise that I’m just surfing the internet aimlessly, I ignore my brain telling me to continue, I change and put my cute sports shoes and go to the gym. If it’s cardio day, I’m looking forward to listening to my pumping music. If it’s strength day, I am actually looking forward to the muscle pain from all the squats and abs.
Here are the top 3 reasons why I go to the gym
1. Health. Exercise is healthy. I know I will not have a six pack any time soon, but I know I am keeping my body healthy. I am thinking that this way, I will live longer, happier and healthier.
2. Happiness. Even if I feel down before the gym, somehow I always feel better afterwards. Which brings me to the next point
3. Confidence. As mentioned before, won’t have showing abs and so on, but I do feel better, stronger and motivated. Feeling the pain from the exercise makes me feel toned and fit.
While I started going exercising because I wanted to lose weight, I am slowly realising that it’s more important that I am healthy and would actually want to develop my muscles in a healthy way. Also, as I cannot totally give up the sweets and occasional burger & fries, exercising helps me keep it all in balance.
What motivates you to go to the gym?
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