5 Ways In Which Joining A Gym Has Made Running More Fun And A Pleasure
- I have a better concept of where I am fitness wise but I have a long, long fucking way to go. That’s ok though. I just need to focus on improving as much as I can and to continue to put more distance between where I am now and where I started out.. I don’t stress myself out during the workouts. I used to have a do-or-die attitude where it seemed pointless to go to the gym and not give 100%. I no longer subscribe to that mentality as I know the the alternative to being at the gym is to sit indoors and eat junk food. Doing something is always better than doing nothing.
- It’s made me appreciate how far I’ve come. Before I started running outdoors I spent several months just walking on the treadmills in the gym and I remember feeling really embarrassed about it at the time. There are many people in the fitness suite doing the same thing at the minute and I have a lot of respect for them for sticking at it. It’s a real fucking chore at the start and it can feel hopeless until you manage to build up some momentum. When you start running after a great period of inactivity you can grow impatient for results. If it isn’t moving along fast enough for you, it’s too easy to just think that running isn’t for you and to quit.
- The atmosphere and camaraderie at the gym is contagious. As much as I can be a wretched misanthrope at times being there reminds me that I actually enjoy the company of others. There’s a distinct air of drive, discipline and determination at the gym that makes me give a little more than I normally would. When I think others might be watching then I’m a little less likely to give up when I experience discomfort. And I’m now determined to lose this last bit of weight and to try to up my fitness even by a little too!
- By going there with an open mind I’ve acknowledged that there are other activities other than running. I’ve been on the elliptical and the bike so far and I plan to go on the rowing machine too. Up until Monday I hadn’t completed any cross training in the two years I’ve been running. That’s insane and part of the reason why I’m still slow.
- I now watch what I eat more carefully. Trying new activities at different intensities is painful, but it’s worth it as I think twice about eating junk before bed. It feels like a waste if I re-consume all of the calories I burned after completing strenuous exercise. The way I see it is, I can either spend an extra 20 minutes doing cross training or just not eat another chocolate bar. This thought kills my appetite immediately!
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