So it’s 5:55am and I am sitting outside in the parking lot the gym, they open at 6. I don’t have work today, I don’t have anything planned for a certain time, I am just ready to workout. Maybe even a little excited to workout.
For the last 3 weeks my motivation to workout has been through the roof. This wasn’t the first time I’ve gotten there before they opened.
Flash back about a month ago. I was enjoying my walks, bikes rides, and any exercise I could do outside, but going to the gym seemed like torture. Even Just 30 minutes seemed to drag on. I was really bored of the some old cardio, and weights which made working out seem more like a chore.
Thats when I started integrating new things. I started going to yoga, and pilates classes, and got a free trial at 9round kick boxing gym. I had done yoga before, but kickboxing, never.
The trainer Zach was so welcoming, and it wasn’t busy so I felt a little more comfortable. The first two stations were what I was used to, lunges, arm curls, etc, but then it was time to put on the gloves. For the next 7 rounds you put all you can into punching, kicking, and whatever combos are thrown at ya. I forgot to mention, everyday is a different workout. This led me to ungodly sore thighs, and butt the next day, but I was hooked! I couldn’t wait to get my membership, and go again. (People who are stressed out, this might be what you need. You just beat the crap out of some bags.)
Now were back to today. Three weeks later. I got my own gloves, and wraps, getting better at the speed bag, and still WANTING to workout every morning.
Any exercise is good for you, but only to a certain point. If you feel like you have to go to the gym, the gym isn’t going to benefit you how it could. There is a correlation between mindset, and achievements. There are three steps we can take to chaining out mindset: catch it, challenge it, change it.
- Catch it: When you feel yourself trying to avoid your workout, or thinking about how much longer until you are done, thats when you know something should change.
- Challenge it: Challenge yourself to a new workout. You could take a class, go find a yoga studio, take up jogging. Just challenge yourself to trying new things.
- Change it: after you’ve given a few workouts a couple tries, pick what made you excited to work out again. Keep doing it, CHANGE your workout habits, to what makes you actually want to work out.
Working out shouldn’t be a chore, it should be an opportunity. No one is forcing you to workout, so why are you doing it if you don’t want to?