“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.”
Getting a gym membership, and actually using that membership as more of something shiny to go on your key chain is a challenge in our busy lives; however, it is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do for youself.
The truth is you will always find an excuse not to go, but the gym is the one thing in your life that will always do something positive for you. Exercise puts you in control of your weight, combats heart disease, prevents high blood pressure, boosts your mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and makes you feel more confident in your own skin… What is more rewarding than that? Nothing Really.
I recently ran across Jason Gay’s article in the Wall Street Journal: The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym, and it really stood out to me. Here are some of his tips on the gym along with my input:
- The gym is will not make you feel instantly better about yourself because it’s not supposed to. The gym is supposed to hurt, you are supposed to feel tired, and everyone there secretly wants to kill themselves. Accept it and know you’ll feel good later.
- The key to going to the gym is developing a routine. Going once every 4 days is not going to get you the results you want, but going 4 times a week will.
- The only true way to get the body you want is to work out. If it says you can buy it and “get results” in 10 minutes, I promise that’s a hoax. Save your money and use the gym membership you already have. Not getting results fast enough? Work out harder.
- A “post-workout dark chocolate recovery bar” is a candy bar. Don’t eat it.
- You can do any abdominal workout all day long, but those abs won’t show unless you stop eating the cake, cupcakes, pies, cookies, and late-night drunk pizzas.
- You didn’t buy a gym membership to watch the cable that you already pay for at home, so quit flipping channels and drooling over the television… and run faster.
If you try to find shortcuts, I promise you won’t get the results you want. The truth is, there are no shortcuts. It’s supposed to hurt and you’re supposed to hate it, but it will pay off in the end!
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