The Original STRW Tips: 4 Ways to Make the Gym Suck Less

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In case you missed the explanation, my introduction back into blogging will begin with a blast from the past. In honor of my three-year college graduation anniversary, I’m going to be re-publishing my original blog content.

This is the sixth installment of “The Original Surviving The Real World: Tips from my Former Self”.

Part 6: Ways to make working out suck a little less

Take it all with a grain of salt, and enjoy the journey!

 

4 Realistic Tips to Get to the Gym (And Make it Suck a Little Less)

Going to the gym consistently is one thing I never thought would happen. In high school, I’m the girl who almost failed P.E. because I refused to participate. Brisk walking would cause a side cramp, and nothing makes me feel more disgusting than sweat. I attribute a lot of my disdain for physical activity to the fact that I am absolutely terrible at sports. I lack all hand-eye coordination and have been laughed out of more than one team try-out.

develop an exercise routine for the gym
In order to get healthy, you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone sometimes

It was a mandatory diet and exercise class in college that caused me to change my thinking on the subject. In order to pass the class, I had to log a certain number of hours every week at the student rec center. The first few days I hid out in a stairwell to avoid any actual physical activity. After two hours a day of this, I realized I could not spend an entire semester hiding. So, I began to exercise. I was SHOCKED at the difference it made. I no longer began wheezing while walking up two flights of stairs. I no longer broke a sweat walking across campus from one class to another. The dimples on my ass (a faithful companion of many years) slowly disappeared. Now I can honestly say that I make a conscious effort to go to the gym and actually sweat at least once a week.

 

Four tips to make working out suck a little less

 

1. Ease into it

I started slowly, mostly walking on the treadmill while watching “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”. Eventually, I worked my way up to the elliptical and a few weight machines. You don’t have to kill yourself every day to see results. Work out smarter, not harder.

 

2. Just get yourself to the gym

Something about being in there surrounded by bulked-up hotties just makes you want to exert the effort.

 

3. Be consistent

Choose a specific day and time that will be “gym time”. For me it’s Thursdays right after work. If you know that first going home after work will cause you to talk yourself out of going to the gym altogether, bring your clothes and go straight from the office. This is something you have to be intentional about.

 

4. Reward yourself

After the first month of consistently working out a few times a week, I gave myself a treat and invested in some actual workout clothes. It was a nice change from the ratty old t-shirts and sweatpants with the holes in them. Now, if I’m having a particularly unmotivated day, I treat myself to a protein smoothie from the gym’s cafe. Anything that will help you stay motivated.

 

Working out still isn’t on my short list of favorite activities, but I do finally understand what people mean when they say exercise makes them feel good. It’s an unfortunate part of life, but sometimes you have to just suck it up and do it.

 

Back to present day

Thanks for sticking with me, fellow RHIT! I hope you’ve enjoyed the sixth installment of “The Original Surviving The Real World: Tips from my Former Self”. Check back in later this week for part 7!

 

Photo Credit: Dave Rosenblum

 

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