Happy New Year!
2014 is going to be a great year! A new year brings new resolutions. I love the idea of resolutions, and I have been participating in them for as long as I remember. This is a two part post that first features the idea of the Gym. I feel that this is a very important topic that deserves its own post.
I’m sure you’ve seen all the gym memes around this time of year.
Yeah. We get it. You go to the gym on a regular basis.
Yeah. We get it. January is National Packed-Gym Month.
Everyone already knows it the schedule. December-January-February transformation: empty gym, packed gym, empty gym.
As a health educator, I am conflicted. One part of me is sad that people stop exercising after a month. The other part is actually happy. No, not because I get the gym all to myself. I’m happy because people actually exercised. Yeah, it’s not a lifestyle change, but some exercise is better than none.
If you are looking into going to the gym more, I encourage you to keep going.
It will be hard. It will hurt. You will be sore. But it will pay off in the end. Remember that it takes weeks and months to transform a body, so don’t be discouraged. Also learn some gym etiquette:
Wipe down the bench or machine after your sweaty self is done. Re-rack your weights after you are done. Don’t hog equipment. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
If you are one of those seasoned gym-goers, I encourage you to change.
The first change is in action. Yeah. The benches are going to be packed for a whole month. It would be a good time to try different exercises. You can also try going to the gym at a different time if you can. Maybe an early morning workout will help you off your plateaus.
The second change is in mindset. How are you viewing those new gym members? Are you viewing them as a nuisance to your “gym flow”? Or are you viewing them as people? Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we all start somewhere.