Disclaimer: I used to hate going to the gym, well any type of exercise really. I still hate leaving bed at any time of day, especially since I acquired a heated blanket.
(Seriously, do not buy one, especially if you want to cut down on any kind of snooze button habit).
Just over five years ago I weighed significantly more than I do now. Whilst I absolutely believe you can be happy at any size, I was not happy.
It was actually during my time living in the Netherlands that I started running, mainly to let off steam during quite a stressful period.
For the first few outings I could barely sustain 10 meters at a gentle jog, however I kept at it and slowly built up my strength and stamina. As the weight started to fall off, I started to experience another positive but unexpected side affect on my mental health.
After over a year of slowly increasing my distance every week I completed my first 10K and have managed to stay exercising on a regular schedule ever since.
A large part of being successful at anything is consistency. Just bloody showing up. This is especially true when it comes to fitness.
On average I go to the gym three or four times a week. Very rarely more, sometimes less as work commitments and trips get in the way. I’m not fanatical about going beyond all else, however I do start to notice the effects on both my body and mind after a few days off. That’s motivation enough.
About four or five months ago I started at a new gym, Compello Fitness here in York, which offers semi-private personal training and HIIT style classes. The idea of training with other people as part of a group actually really appealed to me, as it can be a bit lonely/de-motivating hitting the gym on your own, with only yourself as cheerleader, coach and company.
Training with other people was a big part of the motivation behind starting my week at the god-awful hour of 6am on a Monday. I know that my first few hours of the week will be fun, sweaty and shared with friendly, like-minded people.
A pain shared is a pain halved, especially when it’s burpees 😉
This is my eighth post in my attempt to write something on this blog everyday in October. Find my previous post from the 7th here.