More talk about sweat…

Between spending time with my family, working at my job, and managing investments, I do find time to workout at the gym.  Maintaining a healthy body and mind is very important to me.  There are plenty of people out there that say they do not have the time to workout.  I truly believe the same people who say this do not hold much importance in working out or they are just not putting much effort into it.  When I am not traveling, I will go to my local gym 5 to 6 times per week.

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Several years ago I started going to the gym regularly.  As mentioned in previous posts, the most difficult part of accomplishing a goal is starting the journey.  I knew I wanted to build muscle, but it can be difficult to get down to your local gym and join at times.  I have listed a few challenges people are often faced with when they are thinking about joining a new gym.

Challenges in joining a new gym

  • Price
  • Not knowing what to expect
  • Judgment from others
  • Feeling awkward working out in public
  • Not knowing what exercises to do
  • Matching gym hours with their personal schedules
  • Thinking it might not be worth it
  • Uncertain expectations

These are just a few challenges that one may be faced with when thinking about joining a new gym.  Each of the potential challenges can be easily overcome and should not prohibit you from accomplishing your goals.

Price – with so many gyms around, they are typically price competitive and you should be able to find a gym in your price range.  For example, Planet Fitness is as low as $10 per month.

Not knowing what to expect– use the internet when looking up gyms in your area to help you better understand what the gym has to offer.

Judgment from others- joining a gym like Planet Fitness may be suitable for you if you are afraid of judgment from others.  I do not think you will find yourself being judged in many good gym communities because people who workout regularly typically have a positive attitude and want others to better themselves.  If anything, you should find a community that will help support your desire to improve yourself.

Feeling awkward working out in public- this may be similar to judgment from others, but is a little bit different.  This may be similar to when people do not like being watched when they are eating.  It is something we all get used to at some point.  At some point stop caring what others think and focus on bettering yourself.

Not knowing what exercises to do- you can easily look up videos on youtube and read exercise blogs that teach you what workouts to do at the gym.  After several years, I am still improving my techniques and gym workouts.  I am constantly changing my routine.  This is very normal for both beginners and experts.

Matching gym hours with their personal schedules- similar to the pricing explanation, there are usually plenty of gyms around with a range in hours.  There are even gyms open 24 hours a day.

Thinking it might not be worth it- I can tell you right now, it will definitely be worth it if you put effort into it.  You are going to quickly find out your mood, energy levels, and quality of life are going to improve when you improve your health.  You are most likely going to sleep better too.  There are countless benefits of going to the gym, which you can find on various websites.

Uncertain expectations- not knowing what you want is completely on you.  You need to define your goals and tell yourself what you want out of it.  Are you looking to lose weight, gain muscle, build stamina, or something else?  This one is completely up to you and you should be excited to start going to the gym.

The best time to start is today.  If you do not sign up today, set some time aside on your calendar for this week to review a few gyms to make sure they are compatible to your schedule and needs, and sign up.  There should be no further hesitation and you should be very excited.  I will say congratulations in advance for signing up, attending, and changing your life forever.  Remember to make this a lifestyle change and not a sporadic change that will only last you a few months, weeks, or even days.

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