Kaleigh Glaza offers advice on how to get to the gym if you really do not like working out.
The worst hours of my week are the hours I spend at the gym.
I am not one of those people who feels stress relief from a workout, or leaves the gym flushed with accomplishment. I put it on my to-do list, but it’s always the first thing to fall off if I “run out of time.” If I’m stressed, I cook. I certainly do not hit the treadmill.
But, unfortunately, I am not one of the lucky few who has a fast metabolism or doesn’t see tons of weight fluctuation when I don’t go to the gym. If I want to be healthy and feel my best, I HAVE to go to the gym. I don’t like it, but it’s the way it is. And it’s the way it is for most people.
And that’s OK! We can do it together. We can get to the gym…I swear! This is how I drag myself to the gym on a consistent basis, even if I complain every step of the way. If I can get there, so can you…
Do Some Research
There are so. many. workout. choices. Yoga, spin, running, weight training, boxing, reformer Pilates. I could go on and on. The key is to find one you like better than the rest. Try out as many free classes as you can! Do a bunch of at-home workout videos. Ask your friends and family what they like. Try it all!
You might find something you never knew you could like. You might develop a new love for something you previously had despised. But until you find a workout you don’t hate; it’s going to be twice as hard to stay motivated.
Invest Money in Your Goals
No matter what other workouts you do, add a personal trainer into your fitness regime for at least a couple times a month. Trainers cost money, which automatically will motivate you to get to the gym. Because if you don’t, you’re losing money. And no one likes that! They also force you to make concrete time commitments that are tough to back out of.
You can also do this by booking classes or buying gym memberships. The simple fact is that money motivates people, so let’s make that motivation work for us.
Acknowledge Small and Big Wins
No matter what your workout goals are, most of them will take some time to achieve. You won’t see results right away, and that’s totally fine! But you need to be prepared for that fact.
Start your new approach to working out by setting small goals as well as long-term ones. Whether that be to learn a new skill or get to the gym a certain amount of times in a month, or something else. Set a goal that you can achieve in one month or less. Achieving that will keep you motivated to continue to work toward that longer-term goal.
You can’t run a marathon without running that very first mile!
…with something other than food. So many times, we approach “rewards” for workouts with the “cheat meal” mentality. And cheat meals are definitely allowed and important! But there are other ways to reward your hard work.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Kaleigh currently works in the Windy City’s food social media and marketing world, which is perfect for her cheese and chocolate-obsessed self. She is your go-to girl for recommendations on travel, champagne, the best Beyoncé songs to sing in the shower and the latest in thriller fiction reads. In addition to Glitter Guide, her work has also appeared in Refinery29, The EveryGirl, Lux and Concord, DiningOut Chicago Magazine, and others. Follow her on Instagram at @kaleighglaza and work with her on food, blogging, and social media at https://www.kaleighglaza.com/.
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