Going to the gym is one of my most favorite activities and past times. I grew up as an athlete, so working out was a part of my daily lifestyle. As I got older, I stopped competing in organized sports and have not been in the same physical shape or discipline since. So now as a “normie” or non-athlete I have learned one harsh truth. Working out at the gym is easy because its fun and makes me feel good. Getting there is a whole different story.
“80% of success is showing up.”
So what makes showing up so tough? Why does it take so much mental toughness to get to the gym? I feel so good after I leave. So why aren’t I there every day? The answers to these questions are different for different people. Here are a few common answers:
1. Looks like work.
Working out takes energy which can only be produced through exerting effort. Doing something which takes so much effort can be intimidating. For that reason, many of us don’t show up to the gym. If we don’t go, we don’t have to do the work.
2. Already got the steps in.
Most people start their exercise regiment by counting their steps. As you progress and reach your health goals, it’s important to exercise beyond walking. You must get to the gym and exercise in addition to your daily step goals. Doing so will help you maintain your weight-loss.
3. Takes too much time.
Adults are busy people. Sometimes so busy that they forget to take care of themselves. Many people who love the gym don’t get there because they simply don’t have time. In order to overcome this, you must program your workouts into your calendar. It will make you set aside time.
4. Getting too many compliments.
When you lose a significant amount of weight, everyone starts to notice. While societies compliments can provide a self esteem boost, they are a double-edged sword. Too many compliments can lead people to stay complacent with their health. Meaning too many compliments can lead someone to feel as if they do not need the gym.