7 Reasons Why I’m Starting To Like The Gym Now.
Last night I had quite an excellent session at the gym.
I stayed on the elliptical machine for an hour, ran my fastest ever 10k on the treadmill (51:59) and braved through 30 minutes on the stationary bike.
At the minute I’m absolutely loving the experience of heading into the gym, which is a radical departure from how I viewed it before.
7 reasons why I’m really starting to love the gym now.
- When you’ve no expectations you’re more likely to be pleasantly surprised – I went in last Monday evening expecting nothing and was taken aback a little when I enjoyed the experience (this was up until the point where I locked myself out of my own locker and had to cry for help).
- I’m mixing it up a little – I’ve been trying out the stepper and rowing machines and although I haven’t used them for any significant amount of time, I can tell they’ll be useful going forward. I no longer stick to just the treadmill but also go on the bike and the cross trainer. Variety adds so much more to the experience.
- I’m going easy on new machines – When you start out with a new exercise it’s difficult to tell what intensity you should start out on if there is no heart rate monitor built into it. My policy is to start easy. If it’s a choice between going easy on an exercise machine in the gym versus staying at home and feeding my face, then the former option is better. That “go hard or go home” motto is fucking bullshit, especially if you eat countless pies when you go home. The person who invented it is a fucking bonehead moron of a cunt who should be sectioned under the “People Who Are Cunts Act of 2014”
- I’ve stopped worrying about the calories I’m burning – This was the biggest killer for me. I’ve started using the elliptical machine quite a bit and it’s very challenging. I could tell from the start that it was working my body well yet I seemed to burn very few calories when it came to the machine’s counter. I still fall into the trap of thinking that the number of calories burned is indicative of the quality of the workout when it obviously isn’t.
- I’ve stopped being self conscious – No one is staring at me. Everyone else is there for the same reason. Every time I go into a gym I become less and less worried about my body. Not because I’m getting buff, rather I’m becoming older and I don’t give as much of a fuck about what others think of me. The only time I’ve become self conscious is when my sweat has landed on another person’s machine. Now that was totally fucking gross!
- I can run outside and still do gym work – It doesn’t just have to be one or the other. In fact I’ve found that I run stronger directly after a gym session. Before I assumed that gym work was just a distraction from running. In the past week I’ve ran two of my fastest ever runs in the morning after a 2 hour long spell at the gym.
- I’ve forgotten about all of the bad times I’ve had in the gym – Before I started training for my first ever marathon I went through countless spells of going to the gym for a few days and then giving up. I always assumed that it was gonna be this way and that I just wasn’t made for it. I think you’ve gotta give the gym a chance in order for it to become part of your routine. If you’re working yourself into the ground each and every time then you’ll find it difficult to sustain. You’ve gotta try to enjoy it as much as you can now and forget about what’s happened to you before.