Creating a gym routine.

In the past, I had never been a successful gym-er. Especially during my university years. There was a time when I'd gone more than a year without a workout... Not really a proud moment for my health.

So about a year ago, I made the decision to sign up for the gym and work it into my routine. Today I can say that I've been successful. Since last January, I've made it between 3 and 4 times every week. I've taken breaks when necessary (like when I got a sinus infection, when I strained my hip flexor, and during the really busy times), but in general, I've kept it up.

Side note: wow I take a lot of gym instagrams...

It's always hard to fit work-outs into life, and I know many people struggle with making it a habit. Here are some of the things I've done/tips I have if you've made it a resolution and are losing momentum:

1. Follow your hair-wash schedule. This used to be my biggest excuse NOT to go... But now, I wash my hair every 2nd day, and I make it a rule that I can't wash it without making it dirty first.

2. Stay entertained. Luckily, my gym has TVs set up so I'm easily distracted. I make sure to bring my phone to play my favourite "pump-up" music super loud. If all else fails, bring a magazine to read. Distractions make the time pass faster and everything feels less painful. Seriously.

3. Learn how to use the machines/accessories available to you. Test them all to find out what you like. The gym sucks when you hate what you're doing. You can find a routine that you enjoy if you try different things.

4. Bring a friend. That way you force each other to go. No excuses. I've also heard that some people put $1 in a jar for every time they go to the gym. After a number of times, they reward themselves with the money they've saved.

5. Think about the rewards. The amazing feeling afterwards, the health benefits and not to mention the physical changes. It's all worth it.

I'm so much happier since making this change in my life. If you've made gymming a part of your New Years resolution and you're hitting "the wall", don't give up. It's about learning what works for you :)

13 comments:

  1. I haven't gone to the gym in 5 years! After reading this post I think I might get back on track. =)

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  2. Great tips! Mitch and I try and go 3 times a week, but it's so easy to make excuses! The hair-washing tip is especially true - it's crazy how much gym and hair-washing influence each other haha :)


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  3. These are such great tips. I despise the gym and really need some way to keep myself motivated to go!

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  4. These are really good tips! I've been working out about 3 times a week and I agree the feeling is amazing! I've worked it into my work/school schedule so it's becoming second nature, which is awesome.

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  5. Oh my goodness - I totally avoid due to hair washing issues but thought I was just bone lazy! Ha-ha wonder twins ! :)

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  6. I hate hate hate working out too...unfortunately I turn into a fatty if I don't...so that's motivation enough for me :) But I wish I didn't hate it so much. And good for you for keeping it up!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  7. I'm not into going to the gym. If I'm going to work out, I'd much rather do it in the comfort of my own home! PS I'm jealous of your hair washing schedule...I have to wash mine daily or it gets gross!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  8. that's awesome you've kept it up for over a year now, that's a real accomplishment! and haha i totally follow that hair wash schedule rule, it definitely keeps you on track :)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  9. You're so awesome <3 When I get home from my trip, I'm defintely signing up for the gym!

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  10. These are great tips. Love #1 - You can't wash your hair without making it dirty - such a good motivator!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  11. I was bad and still went to the gym with a sinus infection, because I'm that addicted! The only thing that deters me is the weather, if the roads are bad I'm staying at home which is why I'm making my basement into a home gym :) LOVE #1, that is a great plan!

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