It’s that time of year when people want to turn over a new leaf. The things that held them back in 2012 suddenly seem minimal and achieving a weight loss goal seems possible! This is the time of year (January – March) when the gyms are flooded with newbies who got workout gear and new running shoes for Christmas and VOW: this year will be different.
Will it be different for you?
Are you vowing to go to the gym more often, lose weight, eat healthy? If you are, you’re not in the minority. So why will this year be different for you? This post is about some ideas on how to make 2013 different.
Here are a few old posts to get you started with your new leaf:
There are a lot of reason why people quit their new year’s resolution to lose weight after only a month. I think the biggest reason is Setting Unrealistic Goals. You can’t go from doing zero activity to working out every single day for 90 minutes and NOT burn out, or worse–get injured. Start slowly. Make a goal to work out 30 minutes 3 days a week and as you get used to the routine, increase it slightly each week.
Another reason, closely related to the first, is not giving yourself Rest Days. Rest days are a crucial part of a workout routine and your body needs time to relax, repair and rest. What happens when you don’t take rest days? Injury, burn out, over-training, sore muscles, and waning desire to work out. So give yourself a day or two off each week. It’s a good mental reset, too. I take 2 rest days a week no matter what.
A big reason people quit is that they Hate Going to the Gym. Yep, been there. When I was 250 pounds, I thought I hated working out but in reality I just didn’t know because I NEVER TRIED IT. Don’t dismiss it as something you hate until you actually do it!
The biggest way to stop hating the gym is to choose an activity that YOU LIKE and will stick with. For me it was swimming. Yes, I was 250 pounds and humiliated to get in a swim suit, but I did it and once I got in the pool I didn’t care what I looked like. I loved swimming, it felt good, and I stuck with it. As a result, I lost the weight. But swimming isn’t for everyone. If you prefer weight lifting, do that. If you liked tennis as a kid, give it a try with a friend.
My boyfriend Michael is most definitely not a gym rat like me. I like going to the gym because I need my own space to get the work done. If I stayed home, I’d find excuses not to do it. But he’s the opposite. He’d much rather workout at home with kettlebells and weight lifting, or riding his bike. It works for him.
Pick something you like. And guess what? If you pick something and it turns out you don’t like it, try something else. I tried a Turbo Kick class at my gym once and I didn’t like it at all. I gave myself permission to do something else.
What about the reason that It’s Too Hard? That’s a common reason to hate going to the gym. Again, start small. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. You’re not gonna be able to lift 100 pounds on your first day. There is no shame in starting with 5 pounds. Listen to your body.
Finally, Give Yourself Enough Time to get used to it. It may take a few weeks, or a month, to find what you like and stick with it. Soon those happy endorphins will make you crave working out! I promise! It worked for me.
The next time you want to say “but I hate going to the gym!” rethink it and figure out WHY and how you can change that!
QUESTION: Do you hate the gym? Why? How are you going to change that thinking?