Your New Year Resolution Is To Join A Gym But Excuses Are Getting In The Way

You want to join a gym but you don’t think you have time, you can’t afford it, you don’t want others to look at you, you sweat like a pig, you……yadayadayada!

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I know I have heard it many times… actually many, many, many times. And when I do I just shrug it off, go on my way and think…..ha, you had time to sit and watch a two hour movie on Netflix last night, you had money to purchase coffee every morning this week, and people will look at you no matter anywhere you go, and of course your going to sweat that is what happens when you exercise.

With the new year right around the corner and everyone planning to jump on the good ole diet and exercise party bus…..I know there are some of you that want to join a gym,start exercising, and just plain feel better about your health in general. And I also know there are some of you that want this but won’t because of the fear of exercising in public. I want to ensure you all, exercise may be difficult, it may be sweaty, it may be painful at first, but the hardest part of making this wish a reality is taking that first step through the front door of your preferred gym. I know, I have been there, and I have taken that first step with friends and family because they had this same wish. For me, however, I did it all alone and I have not looked back since.

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Belonging to a gym and to have others around you working to achieve the same health goals is empowering. It’s not a fashion show and no one will care if your bottoms match your tops or if your shoes match your headband. No one is judging you, watching how much weight you lift or how many minutes you run on the treadmill. Everyone is in their own little world, listing to their own playlist, and doing what feels best for their bodies. And everyone is sweating…..and if they are not then they are not there for the right reasons.

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So if your at home debating starting your own journey down the road of health and fitness I encourage you to take that first step through the door of your preferred gym and go for it. Most gyms are very affordable, most offer classes if you need assistance, and all will show you the ropes if you have never stepped foot on a cardio machine in your life. You will be so proud and feel so amazing after the initial stiffness wears off that I bet you never look back either.

Now get up, put on some shoes, grab a water bottle, stand up tall, hold your head high, and take that first step toward your health.

I am rooting for you…..

 

 

Home Gym’s Don’t Have To Be Expensive

Let’s talk about home gyms today. With the new year right around the corner we all know that means exercise equipment will be going on sale, gyms will be crowded with January Joiners (as we label them) and diet remedies will be all over social media.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love inspiring people to exercise, lose weight and to get healthy. Although, many who start this journey fall off the wagon before real progress can be seen much less felt physically and this frustrates me. You cannot take a pill that promises you weight loss of this many pounds in this many weeks and expect to keep it off forever without some “work”. And you cannot expect that “work” to feel fantastic at first, which is why professionals will tell you to start off slow and work your way up. The one thing you can count on is that the “work” you do will eventually lead to a healthier you and that is what should keep you coming back for more.

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When I began my healthy journey…..years ago….I started at home. And I started with one item, a used recumbent bike my mother used for therapy after a knee surgery. I clearly remember that first time, in my mind I was going to ride that bike for 10 minutes. It’s 10 minutes, how hard can that be? Well, it was hard…..VERY HARD! I was completely ashamed that I could not ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes. However, each day it got easier and I found my body craving more activity which is when I began adding to my home gym.

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Granted, we are not wealthy and I could not just go out and purchase anything and everything. So I started slow and used what I could to substitute some items. I started with light weights and a stability ball. Both of which I found at a local garage sale. Then I added a weight system that I asked for from my entire family for my birthday one year. Little by little I accumulated what I now consider my home gym. And to this day I add at least one or two pieces to it every year. That is not to say, some things I have bought and sold after finding they were just not what I was looking for.(Treadmill=dreadmill…sold to the highest bidder) I also owned a rowing machine that I sold and wish I wouldn’t have. In the last 12 years, I have since replaced my original used recumbent bike for a replacement. I have used my husbands mechanical abilities and had him make me a weighted pole instead of paying money for one. And I have asked my family every year for workout equipment for Christmas that they have no clue how to use. Which leaves me with enough variety to change up my home routine whenever I feel the need for change.

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However, you do not need all these items to exercise at home. Here is a prime example: I recently was talking with a friend of mine who, about one year ago, finally decided to give a public gym a try and has since fell in love with exercise. Forever she thought I was crazy for craving exercise to keep my mental and physical health in check, and now she is just as crazy. Anyhow, while we were talking she was telling me that she had taken the week off of working out since she had strained her back moving some furniture. After asking her how she was now feeling and if she was going to start back at her workouts she chuckled and told me she could not wait to go after work on this day. She even told me that Saturday while doing some laundry she took two new mega bottles of laundry soap and did some weight lifting with them while in her basement. I just laughed and thought back to all the strange things I used when I first started out.

So if you are planning on making a resolution of getting healthy and starting an exercise routine, first check with your doctor. After that remember, start out slow, have a plan of attack, and don’t think you need a ton a money to get healthy. With just a few items you can be moving toward a happier, healthier you.