Gyms are packed right now. Those with a weight loss dream are high off the new start of the New Year and are hitting their workout routines hard. It’s great to see so many motivated people repping it out at the gym, but it’s hard not to feel a little cynical towards them since many of them will fall off the wagon in a couple weeks.
It’s really freakin’ hard to maintain a workout routine. I’m not gonna lie, it’s NOT easy. But what’s the alternative? Letting the pounds pack on as each year passes and just waiting for diseases and illnesses and obesity to take over our body? Well … that doesn’t sound too fun.
I battled with maintaining an exercise routine when I was younger, yo-yo exercised through college, and finally hit my stride after college (I’m going about 6 years strong now).
As hard as it is to maintain an exercise routine, I always feel SO great after it’s over. This is the main thing that keeps me coming back for more. After an excruciating workout, when I’m exhausted and my legs feel like rubber, my head is always clear, I feel grateful, I feel accomplished, I feeling cleansed, and, most of all, I feel happy.
Since I know many people will struggle to maintain their routine towards the end of this month, here are some things that usually get me off that couch and into the gym:
- The aftertaste. Everything I listed above is usually enough to get me to the gym. When I’m really consistent with my workouts, I really begin to crave that feeling I get after I workout. I usually feel my best right after a workout.
- Sweat out the day. If you’re beat, pissed off, or stressed out after a long day of work, it’s easy to want to crash out on the couch. I’ve gone with this option many times, but I always feel much better if I workout instead. And at the end of those nights where I park it on the couch, I usually ending up wishing I would have worked out anyway.
- Avoid the guilt. If I do end up going with Option B: Parking it on the Couch, I always feel so guilty at the end of the night. Knowing that feeling of guilt that will come if I still on my butt sometimes helps give me that push out the door.
- What else are you going to do? Seriously. If you don’t have any other plans and if you don’t workout, what are you going to do? Sit around? Watch reality TV? Eat chips? Yeah, it’s time to go workout. Grab your friends, your jerseys from LacrosseMonkey and some sticks and go play lacrosse outside.
- It’s good for you! Of course, the best reason to workout is just because it’s good for you. It wards off colds and other illnesses, keeps you trim, keeps your heart/brain healthy, and helps you sleep. If you’re a human being (and I’m guessing you are if you’re reading this), then those things might appeal to you.
- You want to write a blog post. No joke. My BEST ideas for blog posts usually come when I’m running. Those endorphins seriously help with creativity. Trouble is … I often forget my brilliant post ideas by the time I make it to the locker room – I should really bring a notebook with me.
- Fun activity/socializing/people-watching. If you have nothing else to do, it’s sort of fun just to go to the gym. Sometimes I just tell myself to go to the gym and ride the bike for awhile and am usually entertained by the people and conversations around me. And it’s always fun when I see friends at the gym, too. Or, you could always take a class and make friends there!
Like I said before, working out is HARD, but it’s better than the alternative of a sedentary, unhealthy, and unhappy life. I’d LOVE to see more resolutioners make it past the end of January and make working out a lifelong commitment.
How do YOU stay motivated to workout?
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