Are you a woman who stars to workout, but then gives up? You just can’t seem to make the commitment? Lauren shares how to develop the habit of going to the gym and starting to work out.
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If you have told me a few year ago that I would be working out 5-6 days a week on a consistent basis I would have thought you were off your rocker. This is is something that I always wanted to do, but I never thought I would have the discipline to keep it up. “Working out” or “exercising” was always at the top of my New Year’s Resolution List. Well, the only way I started to make this a habit was to actually toss that list.
I am not saying there is a perfect time to start something new, but when I did start there were some key things that I did and most of it was just to get me to the gym. I have absolutely nothing against working out at home, but for some reason the gym atmosphere allows me to focus. If I tried to start a routine at home, I would often get distracted by checking my email or having a snack and then wow, I was suddenly tired and maybe it was better to just put it all off until tomorrow.
The hardest thing about starting to work out is not even the work out itself but the habit. For me, I figured out what I needed to do to increase my compliance. You can’t start out doing hard core workouts 5 or 6 days a week in the beginning. It’s a gradual process to build up the routine. There are definitely still days when I feel tired or not in the mood to go. However, I find I am fine once I get there. So how did I start? I joined a gym that was very close to my work and bought a new gym bag so I could pack my clothes the night before. I signed up with a personal trainer for a package of 5 sessions, and I was certainly going to use them after spending the money! Plus, it made going to the gym an appointment of sorts since someone was expecting me. You could most likely do the same thing with a co-worker or friend, but I did have anyone around who fit that bill.
I joined a gym very close to my work, and picked up a new gym bag so I would have my clothes with me. No excuses that I needed to stop at home first. My plan in the beginning was very simple. I worked out with the trainer for a half hour and would get to the gym a little early and do about a half hour worth of cardio machines to warm up. Now that I know more, I’m aware that I would have been better off doing the weights and such with the trainer and then a round or two on the elliptical, or done them separately. But I had no clue! It was all a very new world to me. For the next six months, I worked out three times a week and that was honestly the most I felt that I could do.
The point is that there is no better time to start than right now. Why wait until the holidays are over or summer has started? Identify what can help you comply with your new habit and help yourself out by doing what you can to make things a little easier on yourself. When people ask about the best thing to do to start working out, it’s honestly just building the habit and getting started. Rule of thumb is that it takes 21 days to build a habit so if you just start now it’s less than a month away.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
Patience — and I am still working on it!
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
Accepting that not being perfect is ok.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
A successful career in marketing. I would love to own my own company eventually.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
I tend to be obsessive and a perfectionist, but I’ve learned to let things unfold a little more as I’m getting older.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my determination and resourcefulness. It’s come to my rescue many times!