How to Fall in Love with the Gym

Hey y’all!

Let me start by first saying, I never thought in a million years that I would write a post like this. I never thought I’d even get into the habit of going to the gym, let alone love going to the gym. But, here we are! And I honestly couldn’t be any happier.

So let me share with you how I became to love the gym and working out:

  • Quit complaining and just do it already!
    • For the longest time, I would complain that I wasn’t happy with my body and didn’t have enough time to go to the gym, which was true. I usually am juggling college classes and multiple jobs. It seems between work, homework, eating, and sleeping there’s not much time left in the day. But guess what: I made time. I stopped taking naps and watching Netflix and spent that time at the gym. I also go to the gym with my boyfriend, so it’s a way for us to spend time together. Whether you have a half hour or an hour, get yourself moving! No excuses.
    • On this note, if you can’t afford/don’t feel comfortable at a gym, there are amazing at-home exercises that you can do (and I do them when I don’t have time to make it to the gym)! I, however, joined Planet Fitness and I LOVE it. I feel comfortable there. This was a big part of me actually going to the gym. You must be comfortable in your environment but don’t let your uncomfortableness get in the way of your goals.
  • Get an activity tracker
    • No matter your budget or interest, this is a must. Activity trackers hold you accountable. There’s nothing like your wrist buzzing and a message that pops up telling you to get moving! Plus, you want to keep track of your progress and goals. I’ve had success with both Fitbit and Apple. I love my Apple Watch and it was hands down one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! (I always buy my Apple products refurbished through Apple.)
  • Find your motivation
    • Think seriously about why you want/need to start working out and exercising. Do you have a particular weight goal? Do you need to start falling in love with yourself? Or, do you need to make time for yourself? Whatever your specific goal is, it must be healthy, positive, and attainable. Also: be ready to forgive yourself. You will mess up.
  • Change your thought process and perspective
    • Change your “I can’t” into “I can.” Because guess what: you really can! It just might take you some hard work and dedication. Wait, did you read that? Hard work. And. Dedication. You deserve it and owe it to yourself. There are plenty of goals that I haven’t reached yet but I’m working and I’m trying. I may not look how I want to look and I may not be able to do the exercises and weights that I want to- but I’m still working towards my goals. And you can, too. You just have to keep moving forward. Don’t let one setback get in the way of all of the progress you’re making.
  • Make it a habit and be consistent
    • If you set a goal to go to the gym or work out 3 days a week, then stick to it. It may be hard and some weeks you aren’t going to meet that goal. So, just start again fresh next week. Everyone messes up. Life happens. Just keep trying. The most important part about this all is not a particular mishap, it’s how you bounce back from that
      mishap. Since I started going to the gym consistently almost 2 months ago, I’ve missed plenty of workouts for various reasons. But I keep on keeping on.
  • Treat yourself to something nice
    • No matter your budget, you can make it work to get yourself a little something nice for treating your body nicely and loving it well. But, it has to be workout related. I’ve found that when I purchase new workout gear (whether it’s a new  water bottle, clothes, or shoes), I find myself wanting to workout more and enjoy my new gear. Like I said, it doesn’t need to be expensive. You can head to your local T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s and find some high quality gear. I shop at Marshall’s and also outlets. I’m on an Adidas kick right now!

As I said before, I’ve only been consistently going to the gym for roughly 2 months now. It may seem like it’s not a long period of time- because it’s not. But that’s my point. It doesn’t take forever to make a habit. So, just do it! Whether you start this week or next week, it doesn’t matter. Just start somewhere. Start by taking a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood or do 10 jumping jacks every morning.

Just keep in mind: no goal is too small or too big. Write your goals down on paper and break them down into smaller goals. Work on one goal at a time. Forgive yourself when you mess up. Remember that you are awesome and beautiful and you are doing something great for your body.

Consciously choose to love your body through your journey and keep moving forward.

xoxo,

Victoria

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