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8.15.2018

How to Fall In Love with Gym

I was never a massive fan of exercising. In school I used to fake period about 3 times per month just to get out of PA classes. However, that all has changed now. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that in the last month and a half I've become one of those annoying gym people that own at least two pairs of Gymshark leggings. 

At the moment I exercise five times per week, four weightlifting and toning sessions with a side of cardio day. To mine and others surprise, I am actually enjoying it. It doesn't feel like a chore anymore, it feels like something I just have to do to continue improving my wellbeing and health. 

I know there are plenty of you out there that are exercise haters like I used to be and would like to change it. So here are a few pointers I would like to share with you to make this journey a little bit easier.

The best thing you can do for yourself (without getting a PT) is to find what you like. When I first started going to the gym I had no clue what to do. I did a bit of Google research and got the BBG gym guide. Looking at all the before and after results really inspired me and I was convinced that this is the guide for me. I was very wrong. BBG was very tedious, long and involved a lot of repetitive and boring exercises. After all these years I've grasped an idea of what I like and found a fitness guide that not only involves more weightlifting and toning, but also doesn't require me being at the gym for more than an hour. If you like running, do that. If you prefer classes, go for it. Find what you like and you'll stick to it much better.

Even though I'm not a morning person, I can't recommend early gym sessions enough. Most days I get up about 2,5 hours before I have to be at work. This means I can have a productive gym session, feel more energised and ready for the day and also have my evening completely free. At first it seemed impossible, but after my second early morning session I was converted. Now I can't imagine going to the gym at 6pm. At that time I'm not only exhausted after a long day at work, the gym is usually packed and it's hard to get the equipment you need without a wait.

Don't forget to track your progress. I don't recommend you to track your weight as your more prone to be bloated on the days when Aunt Flow knocks on the door. Instead I suggest before, during and after photos as well as measurements. Muscle weighs heavier than fat anyway, so it can be very misleading to track your results by having weekly or monthly weigh in days. Once I started to see results I couldn't stop. There is nothing more satisfying that having a nice body that you're totally proud of.

There's plenty more advice I could give you, but it all comes down to that famous quote - just do it. I also promise to do a review of the guide I'm currently completing, just five weeks left. That will probably go on my YouTube channel, don't forget to subscribe. 

Let me know what you think about these kind of posts and if you like where this is going. Any blogpost ideas are welcomed as well. 

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